An Australian woman recently returned from Afghanistan says foreign militaries have been a hindrance to peace and stability and is leading to increased civilian casualties.
"It is clear that the Australian Government has spent billions of dollars propping up a corrupt and violent regime that is harassing their own population who are working for peace and democracy" Jessica Morrison said.
"People scoff at the Parliament, saying that the best thing about it is that it puts all the most dangerous people in the one place and keeps them occupied." she continued.
Jessica Morrison is a 35yr old University Lecturer and Melbourne resident who travelled independently in Kabul for two weeks.
In Afghanistan Jessica met with: peace groups; educational centres; orphanages; women's groups and international aid workers.
"I met many competent and inspiring local people who are working for a stable, safe and democratic Afghanistan. However people believe that the Australian military involvement is not progressing these aims. We need to seriously re-examine Australian foreign policy in Afghanistan"
The report comes as another Australian soldier is delivered home to be buried by his South Australian family. Jamie Larcombe was the 23rd Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan.