February 20, 2004

Australians want Iraq royal commission:

Australian Opposition Leader Mark Latham "is demanding a royal commission-style inquiry into how the government used the nation's spy assessments of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

Until now Mr Latham, like the government, had said any new inquiry should wait on the results of a parliamentary committee report which is due on March 1.

But with findings of that confidential report now an open secret, and more revelations about the nature of the intelligence fed to the government, Mr Latham believes a wide-ranging inquiry into the issue is now necessary.
He believes the inquiry should also report later this year, ahead of the expected November federal election."


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