By Nick Byant
BBC News, Sydney, February 22 - Clashes have broken out on the streets of Sydney between police and anti-war campaigners protesting against the visit of US Vice-President Dick Cheney.
Prime Minister John Howard is under strong pressure at home to announce a withdrawal of Australian forces.
The scuffles broke out when a crowd of protestors tried to march on the
They view Dick Cheney as one of the main architects of the
A poll has suggested that more than two-thirds of the Australian people want Mr Howard to announce a date for the withdrawal of the country's forces, or to order an immediate pull out.
But the Australian prime minister has refused to follow the lead of his British counterpart, Tony Blair, by laying out an exit strategy.
Prior to his trip, the
But Mr Howard, who faces re-election this year, has ruled that out. He has instead offered to despatch 70 military advisers to help train the Iraqi army.
It also seems likely that
The fight against the Taleban and al-Qaeda commands widespread public and political support.