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Australia and Britain are still walking the hard line with America. Jack Straw said that Iraq is in 'breach' (that good old-fashioned trigger word) and Australian PM Howard and minister of Foreign Affairs Downer are holding the line.
Mr Downer struck a strident tone in response to the tougher-than-expected report of chief weapons inspector Hans Blix. "For military disarmament to be avoided, the Iraqis will have to dramatically, in the next few days, change their policy," he said.
"It is, in every sense of the word, a highly critical report and one that must be very carefully considered by the Security Council," Mr Howard said. "They now have a responsibility to match the rhetoric with action. If they don't do that, then they will deliver an enormous blow to the authority and the prestige of the United Nations."
The opposition is reduced to making non-sensical statements.
The Opposition Leader, Simon Crean, said it was clear that since December Iraq's level of co-operation had not been adequate. But the UN inspectors "have to be allowed to finish their job". "It should not be pre-empted by the unilateralism of George Bush, which sadly, in our case, has been followed by the Prime Minister," he said.
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