The Independent Peaceful Network Australia (IPAN) AGM took place yesterday in Brisbane.
High on the agenda was the biannual Talisman Sabre war games in Shoalwater Bay involving more than 34,000 US, Australian, NZ and Japanese forces, backed up by nuclear-weapons-capable aircraft and warships.
Three activists who invaded the firing range have been arrested and hit with heavy fines but there are more good people of conscience prepared to follow them and oppose Australia’s role in this US dominated killing machine.
Tonight, David Bradbury’s latest film War on Trial will be screened in Rockhampton library.
Justin, from BaseWatch, told us that Darwin’s airport was now permanently hosting US military aircraft and that the air was thick with attack helicopters and fixed wing fighters.
US marines are so ubiquitous that Darwin is beginning to resemble Okinawa and is shaping up as the front line in any war with China.
IPAN rejects military intervention as a response to conflict in our region and opposes the establishment of foreign military bases and the deployment of foreign troops in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
The tentacles of militarisation penetrate ever deeper into our society through the US Defence Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) funding ram jet engine research in the University of Queensland and ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy), for example, and defence contractor Raytheon helping design Maths and Science curricular in South Australian schools.
Malcolm Turnbull has called Australia’s involvement in the invasion of Iraq ‘a tragic mistake’ which is costing the US at least a trillion dollars but how many schools, hospitals, aboriginal health clinics, age pensions, women’s refuges and pharmaceutical benefits are we losing and who should be held accountable?
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay