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When Australia goes to war, public trust depends on better oversight

The world is absorbing the implications of the long-awaited release of the Chilcot inquiry into the United Kingdom’s decision to go to war in Iraq.

Australia, however, has spent comparatively little time learning lessons from the deployment of thousands of troops to fight overseas in recent years.

An official war history has just been commissioned; if past form is any guide, it will be at least a decade before it is completed.

In any event, its brief is to recount what took place, not to reflect on whether it was the best course of action for Australia…

Source: When Australia goes to war, public trust depends on better oversight

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