March 11, 2013 - INDEPENDENT MP Andrew Wilkie says the Iraq war will remain a "festering sore" in Australia's history until a full inquiry is held into the country's role in the conflict.
It's a decade on Monday since Mr Wilkie quit Australia's peak intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments (ONA), over the Iraq conflict.
The former Army officer said he was the only serving intelligence official from the "coalition of the willing" to break ranks before the war started in March 2003.
Time had not diminished the shocking reality that Australia's involvement in the Iraq War was unethical, unnecessary and illegal, he said.
Mr Wilkie said the former coalition government took Australia to war on grounds that Iraq possessed an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction which could be passed to terrorists.
"But no WMD or evidence of co-operation between Iraq and al-Qaeda were ever found," he said in a statement on Monday. read more>>>