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Intelligence Squared: There is No Justification for Risking Australian Lives in Afghanistan

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As each name is added to the growing list of Australians killed serving in Afghanistan, the government assures the nation that the sacrifice in lives has been for a good cause and in the national interest. But what is the national interest that justifies such a terrible cost? Is this the price of our alliance with the United States? Is this the price of helping to curb the terrorist threat? Is this the price of national honour?

Some believe that the price must be paid in the service of such causes. Yet others find no consolation in claims of national interest; condemning the loss of Australian lives far from home.

Arguing for the proposition are Kellie Tranter, Raoul Heinrichs and Eva Cox. Arguing against the proposition are Sonia Ziaee, Jim Molan and Peter Singer.

Finally, before the outcome of the vote is announced, the audience are invited to ask the panel their questions.

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