Thousands March In Sydney, Hundreds Of Thousands March In London, But Costello Wants War Tax

September 29, 2002

Thousands March In Sydney, Hundreds Of Thousands March In London, But Costello Wants War Tax

Friends Of The Earth Australia
Australian Peace Committee
Ozpeace
People For Nuclear Disarmament
Campaign For International Peace And Disarmament (Cicd)

In the last 24 hours, as many as 400,000 people marched against a war on Iraq in London, while several thousand marched yesterday in Sydney in a march called at very short notice. Recent polls say that as many as 75% of Australians disapprove a war in Iraq, and yet treasurer Costello says he will not rule out a war tax.

According to Australian peace groups:

"For treasurer Costello to refuse to rule out a 'war tax' when opposition to a first strike on Iraq is overwhelming and growing is ridiculous and politically foolhardy."

"A war tax will become a focus of opposition to an Iraq war, with many people, as they did during the Vietnam war, preferring gaol to paying such a tax."

"Refusal to rule out such a tax implies that Australia is still thinking in terms of support for a Bush 'first strike' against Iraq, and in terms of military action. Yet the opposition to such action worldwide could not be clearer, with 75% opposition in the recent Newspoll, and with yesterdays highly successful march in Sydney."

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