The Campaign Outline on Nuclear Submarines

NO NUCLEAR SUBMARINES

Campaign proposals

  1. a) Campaign plan – for all

Work to develop specific actions to involve the ALP left in the campaign; send letters to and/or ring all ALP Federal and State parliamentarians

Work to develop specific actions to involve environmental groups in the campaign

Work to develop specific actions to involve anti-nuclear groups in the campaign

Work towards a zoom rally in mid to late October

Work towards a National Day of Action in mid-December

PLUS as many of the actions listed below as possible.

  1. b) Campaign plan – in lockdown
  • Poster – needs to be designed quickly. Can be pasted up during exercise; can be done individually and/or by different centres as preferred
  • Leaflets – develop ones with local link (funding for hospital covid services, local school etc etc); maybe IPAN can produce a national one some people might prefer.
  • Letters to MPS and Senators – provide a full list of addresses; links to politicians; possibly draft a form letter
  • Letters to Morrison and Dutton — provide addresses; possibly draft a form letter
  • Letters to local newspapers — possibly draft a form letter but better to send short personal ones, with local link if possible
  • Social media campaign and use of the hashtags #HealthcareNotWarfare
    #MilitarySpendingCostsTheEarth
    #WelfareNotWarfare
    #FundPeaceNotWar
    We have to be aware that nuclear powered submarines have a component of upskilling boat building worker skills. It is very seductive for unions to swallow this bait and see it as jobs – we need to develop a sense that jobs should encourage positive growth for Australians, not in increasing killing ability.  So a hashtag like #jobsfortheworld.
  • Develop a briefing sheet to use to ring talkback radio.
  1. C) Campaign plan – no lockdown

All the above

PLUS

Weekly pickets (1-2 hours) at a suitable location

Media releases about the pickets (maybe feature quotes from different speakers)

AUKUS and Nuclear Submarines

PUBLIC STATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 20 Sep. 2021

 

Australians speak out against nuclear submarines and AUKUS

 

Australia cannot become a staging point for the U.S. military, we cannot abrogate our sovereignty to the U.S., we cannot encourage nuclear proliferation and risk environmental catastrophe.

 

Australian peace, environmental and other activists and organisations are opposed to the Morrison Government decision to join the trilateral security agreement between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (AUKUS) and the development of nuclear submarines.

 

This authoritarian decision, taken without consultation or engagement of the Australian public, undermines Australian sovereignty, wastes taxpayers’ money, damages the environment and poses a threat to peace in the region and to global peace.

 

With this agreement, the Australian Government can no longer claim it is remaining neutral between Beijing and Washington. Now Australia is ‘all in’ with America, regardless of the public.

 

This agreement also cements military dependence on the U.S. as Australia becomes unable to operate without Washington’s approval. Furthermore, the Morrison Government has also committed to allowing further U.S. military forces into Australia.

 

This will not only deny Australia the ability to act independently but will also make it complicit in dangerous regional tensions and conflict, undermining global cooperation to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

AUKUS is a step backwards for diplomacy, deepening a Cold War mentality, which has alienated Australia not only from France but our neighbours such as Malaysia and Indonesia.

 

Building nuclear submarines will impose an extraordinary economic burden on the Australian people. Funding for welfare, education, the environment and healthcare will be raided. These resources should be directed to the health, social and economic needs of workers and the Australian people.

 

There will also be a significant environmental cost as the presence of these vessels in our cities and harbours is a clear and present danger. There are already nine nuclear reactors on the seafloor from sunken nuclear submarines.

 

For these reasons and many more, we are calling on the Australian Government to fully withdraw from AUKUS and the development of nuclear submarines.

 

This statement was issued following an emergency meeting of over one hundred activists from around Australia.

 

 

—–ENDS—–

 

 

Actions to counter postponement of the ‘The No War with China’

We remember what the USA is on their so called day of independence July 4

Lockdown forces postponement of ‘No War with China Rally.

“There are plenty of other ways to demonstrate!”

NSW Police when they shut down the ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations last year. 

Introduction:

We are calling on all our supporters to take advantage of the approach of July 4 Independence Day for the US as an opportunity to remind politicians here that we need an ‘Independence from the USA day!’.  What better time than July 4? 

We ask that you send the letter below to the politicians listed below or to any federal politician perhaps your local member and/or if you are a social media aficionados use our memes on your social media platforms.

LETTER

We ask that you send the letter via email or online to all or at least one of those listed below:

The text

As a citizen and voter of Australia, I state emphatically that any war with China would be disastrous for this country. 

Faced with the problems such as climate change and Covid-19, why are senior bureaucrats and government ministers beating the drums of war with China? 

Experiences in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan have proved that wars against countries that pose no threat are counterproductive and futile. Australia should simply stop joining wars at the instigation of the USA.

Being close to American Independence Day, this is an appropriate time for Australians to contemplate independence from the USA.

The only reason that Australia might incur the enmity of China is because of its close alliance with the USA and the presence of US military assets on its territory.

I ask:- 

Why is Australia currently participating in military exercise Talisman Sabre 21, which is so clearly aimed at China? 

Why is it joining a flotilla of British and US warships to sail the South China Sea? 

Why is it spending so 2.09% of GDP on the military, when it has no enemies? 

These provocations help no one. The diversion of resources they represent leaves the nation vulnerable to Bushfire, Covid-19 and the multiple impacts of the climate crisis.

I trust that I will receive answers to my questions.

Government

Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Connect https://www.scottmorrisonmp.com.au/as-prime-minister/

Marise Payne – Foreign Minister
https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Contact_Senator_or_Member?MPID=M56

Minister for Defence the hon. Peter Dutton

Peter.Dutton.MP@aph.gov.au

Opposition

Anthony Albanese (Opposition Leader) A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au;

Senator Penny Wong (Shadow Foreign Affairs)

https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Contact_Senator_or_Member?MPID=00AOU

Brendan O’Connor (Shadow Defence Minister) Brendan.OConnor.MP@aph.gov.au;

Greens

Adam Bandt (Leader of the Greens) Adam.Bandt.MP@aph.gov.au

Senator Jordon Steele John  senator.steele-john@aph.gov.au

Social Media

Check this link and feel free to use an of the images and use the hashtag #nowarwithchina or any of those listed below.

#MoveTheMoney;#Demilitarize;#HealthcareNotWarfare;#PeaceNotWar; #WelfareNotWarfare; #FundPeaceNotWar;

Let’s flood the internet with messages of peace and demilitarization!!

Let’s flood the internet with messages of peace and demilitarization from July 2or 3 to July 5 or 6.  – Message no war with china!

Click on this link for images:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Segf9V9tnEdra3ZhSJurXWWtbgrM518qTXvmQv6t8q0/edit?usp=sharing

2020 Federal Budget: Tonight’s budget a setback for Australia and the region

Frydenberg’s 2020-21 budget confirms a profligate spend on Australia’s military capabilities that is unjustifiable from every view point: strategic, economic, environmental and social.

The addition of a further $3 billion to the already allocated $42.2billion for 2020-21 will see Australia acquire a military capability grossly disproportionate to its defence needs. The planned capability will work less as a deterrent to adversaries and more as provocation and destabiliser, undermining national security. It also undermines security by diverting money from priority areas such as health and the environment.

“The military budget is one place where we can afford to cut our expenditure as we face no enemies and are not under any threat of direct or indirect attack by any state.  Instead the Government has caved in to the pressure from US and European arms corporations and decided to spend on weaponry like there is no tomorrow” said Denis Doherty from the Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition.

“The Treasurer promised us a budget ‘all about jobs’”, said Mr Doherty. “What in fact his budget does is propose very inefficient, uncertain and expensive means to generate jobs, and the military component of the budget exemplifies this.”

In 2017, US researches compared the number of jobs created by the investment of $1 million in various sectors: for every $1 million spent on defence, 6.9 jobs were created. The same amount invested in health care produced 14.3 jobs and in clean energy 9.8 jobs.

The Australian Government plans to spend $45 billion on defence. If ten per cent of that amount were transferred to healthcare, something like 64,000 jobs could be created in our struggling health care system and, in addition, we could be better equipped to combat the pandemic. If another ten per cent went to clean energy, we’d have about 45,000 jobs and could help address the nation’s major security problem, the environmental crisis.

“Australia’s limited resources would clearly be better spent on shoring up our health system than it would on upgrading military hardware.

“Australian taxpayers may ask if spending more than A$80 billion on 12 new submarines, which security specialists say will be out of date before they are delivered, is a sensible use of scarce resources when there are more immediate and compelling threats to our community,” Mr Doherty said.

“Where is the massive public housing spend? Where is the major health initiative? Where are the environmental protection measures?

“The Morrison Government’s budget has delivered a massive setback to the people of Australia which will make us poorer but not safer or healthier,” Denis Doherty concluded.

For more information contact:

 Denis Doherty, Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition,

Morrison Government condemned over stimulus to the Military

media release 26/08/2020

PM Morrison condemned over so-called stimulus to military spending.

PM Morrison has opted for the easy way out of dealing with economic problems brought on by the Covid crisis.  Instead of an Australia better equipped after the virus we will be only be better armed even though we have no enemies.

“The Morrison’s approach is lazy and backward which feeds into a fear factor about war and strife in the region which Morrison has picked up our supposed allies the US.” Said Denis Doherty.

A Brown University Study (USA) 2017 May 25 declared “$1 million in federal spending creates fewer jobs than the same spending in nine other areas. Spending on elementary and secondary education creates the most jobs, at 19.2 per $1 million.”  The same money on the military created 7 jobs!

These nine areas include infrastructure, education, clean energy, health care and so on.  The Morrison Government is just too lazy to devise plans to improve Australia rather than to waste resources on the military which is already over supplied with exorbitantly expensive weapons.

Australia’s arms companies are already heavily subsidised to create weapons for use in the Yemen and Palestine conflicts so instead creating tools for human rights abuses we could be doing good for less fortunate countries.

“We call on the Morrison Government to realign its priorities to providing for social needs for all Australians not just for the military.

$270 Billion Campaign

No security and few jobs
in Morrison’s $270 billion war preparations

Australia is embarking on the 21st-century version of a Cold War weapons build-up, emphasising submarines and other naval assets, intelligence, satellites and, for the first time, long-range missiles for use away from Australian shores.

There are compelling reasons why diplomacy, rather than sparking an arms race, is the best way to achieve security for the Australian people. While defence of a state is necessary, the cost can be too high (economically, socially, democratically, environmentally, etc.). An impoverished nation has little or nothing left worth defending.

Security is often interpreted to mean military security — the capacity to identify and meet perceived threats to a nation by military means, by the use or the threat of the use of force. However, Australia’s true security would be enhanced by attention to economic recovery, social cohesion and humanitarian issues. Resources committed to developing the military mean less money for employment programs and the health, education and housing needs of Australians and our neighbours.

If the Morrison Government is planning on a weapons-led economic recovery, they are wilfully blind to the realities. The avoidance of deep recession will require massive stimulus spending on people and projects, not weapons

A McKinsey report in 2010 found Australia’s military spending was among the least efficient in the world. In a list of 33 major countries, we tied with the United States for worst at getting value for our Defence dollar. A 2010 Defence audit report on explosives procurement, for example, documented poor budgeting practices, poor lines of responsibility, poor contract management, and poor project administration.

According to Ray Morgan in the second half of March unemployment jumped a staggering 1.4 million to 2.4 million (16.8%) and under-employment increased 374,000 to 1.52 million (10.6%). But spending on the military rather than civilian areas of the economy results in a net loss of jobs.  This is because military spending is less effective at creating jobs than virtually any other form of government activity.

US research documents that, for example, a billion dollars spent for military purposes creates one and one-half times fewer jobs than spending on clean energy production and two and one-half times fewer jobs than spending on education.

In addition, more of the military dollar goes to capital than to labour than in other job categories.  For example, only 1.5% of the price of each F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pays for the labour costs involved in “manufacturing, fabrication, and assembly” work at the plane’s main production facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

It is time the Morrison Government got its priorities right.

We must ask the question what is best for
the people of Australia and the region
in a time of pandemic?

Prime Minister opts for a military led recovery from the Covid recession

Media release 30/6/20

Prime Minister opts for a military led recovery from the Covid recession

The prospect of the Australian Government spending $270 billion on military spending is backward thinking and ultimately a disadvantage for all Australians.

“We now know why the Australian Government has been conducting a scare campaign about China and Chinese cyber warfare to build up a fear of China which allow Australians to coalesce in the exorbitant spending proposed.”  Said Denis Doherty of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign.

“There is no tension in the Indo Pacific areas just those manufactured by the Morrison Government in a partnership with US arms manufacturers so as to rush Australians to buy exorbitant and unnecessary weaponry.” 

“Scott Morrison has deliberately ignored the role of China in the Covid crisis where this socialist country has aided many millions with medical personnel and medical equipment, it has even helped the State of New York in the US, Italy who was ignored by the EU in their darkest hour, and many more developing countries including those on sanctions by the US (eg Cuba, Venezuela, and Iran).”

“The US maintained all its sanctions on many millions across many countries causing their governments to be less able to assist their citizens suffering from the virus.  As well it withdrew $400 million from the WHO which affected medical aid to many parts of Africa.”

“The Government continued to spend recklessly on the military amid the virus and is planning to get ADF forces to go exercises such as RIMPAC at the costs of many millions.  All this money would be better spent on constructing more social housing and more socially useful projects such as job keeper.

“The Government is ideologically constructed to assist arms companies rather than the people of Australia or the region.  As an illustration of the hypocrisy of the Government is evident in their approach to the Yemen war.  Australia has donated $40 million to the UN fund for Yemen but just one Australian arms company has been given $36 million to supply weapons to the Saudis who are prosecuting the war in Yemen.

“We say the Morrison Government is on a path to causing more misery in Australia and the region at once again at the behest of the US Trump Administration.

For more information: Denis Doherty 0418 290 663

3.6% surge in global military spending

3.6% surge in global military spending

The announcement by the independent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) that the world’s military expenditure for 2019 has gone up by 3.6% the largest annual increase in a decade — is an indictment on the world’s priorities.  When the Covid-19 pandemic hit there were not enough medical supplies to deal with the crisis yet there were plenty of submarines, warships, missiles and guns.

Australia too has been slow to get itself equipped to deal with the virus. Across the country, there are still shortages of personal protection gear, intensive care equipment and testing kits. We were poorly prepared for a pandemic, despite many warnings from epidemiologists of the inevitability of a pandemic in the near future. The last rehearsal for the nation’s response to a pandemic was 2008.

In contrast, Australia is preparing energetically for war, primarily for fighting alongside the US Armed Forces. SIPRI’s estimate of Australia’s military spending for 2019 is US$25.9 billion, 2.1% higher than in 2018 and 23% higher than 2010.

Recent comments of Australian Defence Force spokesperson Brigadier Kahlil Fegan are refreshing: “We just have to rethink how we certify ourselves for the most prevalent threat, and at the moment the most prevalent threat is coronavirus.” https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-08/australias-largest-military-exercise-cancelled-coronavirus/12134068. However, it took Defence to 1 April to announce Operation COVID-19 Assist and according to the latest report (21 Apr), only about 2000 ADF personnel have been deployed.

“It’s worrying,” said Denis Doherty of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign, “Brigadier Fegan’s wake-up call has not spread to the ‘establishment’. Key figures in Australia urge the Government to embark on a weapons-led recovery for after the virus.  The arms producers’ think-tank ASPI is pushing the Government into increasing its annual military spending from 2% to 3.2% of GDP.This is a bad idea. Big military spending is wrong on all grounds: security, economic, environmental and justice.”

“Already Australia has contributed to extending the misery of war in the Middle East by supplying Saudi Arabia with the weapons that can be used in the war in Yemen.  But on top of that the Government is supporting weapons producers with a subsidy fund of $3.8 billion (the Government’s Defence Export Strategy).”

“We condemn the Morrison Government’s continued support of the arms industry. See Minister for Defence Industries Melissa Price’s 24 April media release: The Morrison Government is continuing to invest in Australian defence industries to ensure they are in a strong place to deliver new innovations in the post COVID-19 era.
This media release exhibits the abject failure of the Government to resist the arms trade lobby.” (https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/melissa-price/media-releases/multi-million-dollar-innovation-boost-australias-defence)

We call on both State and Federal Governments to reject any suggestions of a weapons-led recovery after Covid-19.

For more information

Contact: Denis Doherty

Australia provides weapons to the Yemen War. media release 25th July

Australia must be transparent about its military exports:

Australian Arms Control Coalition

25th July, 2019: A newly formed group of civil society organisations and human rights advocates are calling on the Australian Government to lift the shield of secrecy over the sale and export of Australian-made military assets, following a damning ABC report aired today.

The story on ABC News 24 today called ‘Fighting Yemen’s dirty war, an Arab military is buying a weapons system made in Canberra’ clearly indicates the duplicity of the Australian Government over the last few years.  It also does not put the former Defence Minister Christopher Pyne in a good light.  Mr Pyne often claimed that Australian weapons would not be used in the conflict in Yemen.

The story refers to the company Electro Optics Systems (EOS) which produces weapons systems in Canberra.  Pallets of these weapons systems are clearly marked to be sent to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of the Interior are seen at a warehouse at Sydney Airport awaiting transport to the war in Yemen.

At the head office of EOS in the Sydney CBD the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign has held a vigil on the second Thursday of the month about EOS systems going to the Yemen conflict.  The vigil has been going for nearly a year now.

“The evidence presented in the ABC story raises a whole range of questions around where Australian arms are going, what risk assessment processes are taking place and what kind of follow ups are being done to ensure these arms are not inadvertently being used to carry out human rights abuses,” said Kellie Trantor, a lawyer and member of the newly formed Australian Arms Control Coalition, which encompasses key Australian civil society organisations and advocates.

“The lack of transparency around Australia’s defence exports is extremely concerning. Australians should know who their government is sending arms to and how those arms are being used, and they should have concrete guarantees that those arms will never be used to commit or facilitate violations of international humanitarian law or international human rights law. Right now those concrete guarantees do not exist, and that is unacceptable.”

Chair of the Australian Arms Control Coalition (AACC), Save the Children’s Global Campaign Manager Joe Rafalowicz, said:

“It is unthinkable that Australian made defence exports could be helping fuel the war in Yemen, which has left more than 22 million people in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance, while some 85,000 children have died from the effects of war including starvation.

“The coalition is calling for increased transparency and accountability surrounding Australia’s defence exports processes, and associated risk assessments. We cannot turn a blind eye to the war in Yemen, and the role foreign weapons are playing.”

The Australian Arms Control Coalition formed in April 2019 out of shared concern around Australia’s current defence exports, particularly to parties to the war in Yemen.

Its members include Save the Children, Amnesty International, the Medical Association for Prevention of War, Sum of Us, Wage Peace, Human Rights Watch, the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network, Australian Centre for International Justice, Anti-Bases Campaign and Oxfam Australia.

This comes after a UK appeals court last month found the UK had unlawfully authorised exports of British weapons to Saudi Arabia for possible use in the war in Yemen. The Court held that the UK’s system for assessing the risk of defence exports leading to IHL violations in Yemen was flawed because it failed to properly assess and consider relevant evidence of Saudi Arabia’s IHL violations in Yemen.

“This significant decision, which forced the UK government to change its processes for future applications and reprocess all current permits, raises the possibility that Australia’s system is also falling short of a suitable due diligence process,” Ms Traintor said.

For more information

Australian Anti-Bases Campaign

 

 

 

64% Australians reject arms sales to Saudi Arabia media release

Media release 12th June 2019

The majority of Australians believe that Australia should follow countries like Germany and Finland and suspend weapons trading with Saudi Arabia which has been accused of committing human rights atrocities as part of the on going war in neighbouring Yemen.

A new survey by Essential Research has revealed that 64 per cent of respondents oppose Australian arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Only 13 per cent support the sales.

In Yemen an estimated 85,000 children under the age of five have died from starvation due to the war being waged by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

An Australian company called EOS (Electro Optics Systems) has received a $450 million contract to supply weapons systems to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The Australian Government has subsidised this sale to the tune of $35 million.

EOS has its registered office at75 Elizabeth Street, near the corner with King Street in Sydney’s CBD.

Peace and human rights activists hold a vigil outside this office on the second Thursday of every month, demanding an end to arms sales to Saudi Arabia and an end to the war in Yemen.

“We are campaigning for our Government to stop encouraging the export of weapons to the Middle East,” says Denis Doherty of the Anti-Bases Campaign which is organising the monthly vigils.

The next vigil will be held at 75 Elizabeth Street, Sydney from 12 noon to 1pm on Thursday 13 June.

Contact: Denis Doherty on 0418 290 663