This one from last yearIraq troop withdrawal not surprising: Nelson
Posted 2 hours 11 minutes ago
Updated 1 hour 33 minutes ago
Federal Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson is not surprised the Federal Government has chosen this time to pull Australia's combat troops out of Iraq.
Dr Nelson says the conditions are such that the battle groups certainly can now be brought home, but the Coalition would have liked to have seen a continuing presence of trainers to further increase the rate at which Iraqis are trained.
Maybe Nelson reckons we no longer need oil because of his 5c per litre discount (?)Govt splits on Iraq war oil link
Posted Thu Jul 5, 2007 4:44pm AEST
Updated Fri Jul 6, 2007 5:41am AEST
Prime Minister John Howard has moved to hose down Defence Minister Brendan Nelson's earlier revelation that Australian troops are remaining in Iraq partially because of concerns over global oil supplies.
Speaking this morning, Dr Nelson said oil was among the reasons to keep troops in Iraq.... etc