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)

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

America’s $300 million push to expand naval facilities in northern Australia

Australia is a Vassal of the United States not an Ally

America‘s $300 million push to expand naval facilities in northern Australia

“The Australian Government is handing over Darwin and its surrounds to the US military with secret plans for a naval base, a commercial port and roads. Once again Canberra is giving up Australian sovereignty and independence,” said Denis Doherty of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign.

Reports today of the US military putting aside $305 million for a naval base in Northern Australia (Darwin) indicate how low Australia has sunk to appease the US and its attempts to remain dominate in the Asia Pacific area.

The National Defense Authorization Act, which is still being discussed in Congress, says the money has been allocated for new “Navy Military Construction” in Darwin

“It is shameful that the Australian people are not consulted about hosting this base and becoming a target should there be conflict, even nuclear, between the US and China,” Mr Doherty said.

As well as the projected naval base, secret planning has begun for a new port facility just outside Darwin which will speed up US Marine operations in the region. The multi-use development would be in the Glyde Point area, roughly 40 kms north-east of Darwin’s existing port.

In addition $40 million has been spent on sealing Gunn Point Road near Glyde Point, improving all year accessibility.

Other than the use for tourism, Gunn Point Road is already utilised by the Australian Defence Force and Police and Emergency Services,

“US common practice is to put the entire bill for its aims on the host country,” Mr Doherty said.

“With the US marines in Darwin, Australia paid the total cost of their accommodation to the tune of $2 billion.

“$300 million will in no way pay for a new harbour/naval base. The cost would be in the billions. So the $300 million is only a token with the Australian taxpayer to pick up the bill for the rest.

“News reports talk of angry reactions from China, but they do not report on the angry reactions from the Australian people who do not want to be targets because we host antagonistic facilities aimed at China,”

“Will this base bring peace and stability and prosperity to our region or insecurity and turmoil? Why do we have to go all out in our desire to please the USA? Mr. Doherty concluded.

Kick the US Marines out of Darwin
No US Naval Base for Darwin or PNG.

 

Cabinet Papers are they telling us all? NO not about Pine Gap

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/what-is-still-being-held-back-in-cabinet-papers-release-20181228-p50oku.html

 

What is still being held back in Cabinet papers release?

By Sally Whyte

1 January 2019 — 11:00pm

The annual release of Cabinet documents from 20 years ago is generally seen as an exercise in transparency, with the public able to get an insight into the issues considered by the government of the day, and the advice given by various ministers.

In the National Archives of Australia’s January 1 release of Cabinet documents for 1996 and 1997, the first year of the Howard government is documented, including how it dealt with gun control, native title, immigration and other issues still felt today.

The secretive Pine Gap facility, photographed in 2016.

But there are still some documents that aren’t released to the public, or are only released with big black boxes where the information is still considered too sensitive to be made public.

Advice given to the Howard government about the expansion of US military operations at Pine Gap outside Alice Springs is still subject to redactions, because it contains “information pertaining to Defence plans, operations or capabilities of continuing sensitivity”.

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One of the documents is marked “SECRET AUSTEO,” which means for “Australian Eyes Only”.

What is known is that then defence minister Ian McLachlan recommended the government approve plans to expand operations at Pine Gap to include a Relay Ground Station at the facility.

While the Pine Gap station had existed since the 1960s, the proposal came after the US announced it intended to close a similar facility at Woomera in South Australia.

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Official cabinet historian Paul Strangio said it was unusual for the documents to be redacted, and that most redactions were in Cabinet documents relating to national security and foreign affairs.

“It does pose really interesting questions I think in terms of fundamental principle – the idea of moving from 30 years to 20 years – most people would support that and think it’s a good thing but it does mean of course some of the issues, there’s a greater likelihood of sensitivity,” he said.

Cabinet’s national security committee agreed to support the proposal under the conditions that Australia could “exploit the capabilities of the system to address Australian Defence Force (ADF) interests” and would be enabled “to make a contribution to performance of the system’s missions”.

The government also wanted it to be ensured “that Australia has full knowledge and concurrence of the operations of the Relay Ground Station and the wider system it supports”.

The most redacted section is under the heading “Functions of the RGS,” and while its known capability to detect the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles is explained, every other statement about its functions is fully or partially redacted.

A screenshot of a page of a Cabinet document from 1997 regarding the US Defence facility at Pine Gap. Released as part of the January 1 release of Cabinet documents, it is still heavily redacted.CREDIT:NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA

Cabinet was advised that Australia being aware of what was going on in the facility “is important from the standpoint of sovereignty” and that the US had given “high level assurances” that the measures outlined in the submission would be “reflected in the Implementing Arrangements”.

Cabinet was told to expect criticism “by issue motivated groups opposed to a US presence in Australia, or to cooperation with the United States in ballistic missile early warning”.

It was also told the facility “would prolong cooperation in a mission that has been a central strand of the alliance relationship for over 25 years” and would be in Australia’s interests.

 redacted by The Australian Government – so much for budget honesty!

No US or Australian Base on Manus Island PNG!

Australia choses a negative path in the Pacific

No US/Australia Base on Manus Island

The behaviour of Australia at the APEC Forum in Port Moresby this week (17-18 Nov 2018) resulted in greater tension and dangers of conflict along with the bellicose US.  The announcement of an Australia/US/PNG military base on Manus lsland is a disgrace.  It is said that the facility will be a PNG base at which Australia and the US will just happen to have elements of their navies. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne stated that the “details have not been worked out yet.”

“We have heard this statement before,” said Denis Doherty of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign. “In the case of Darwin it meant that Australia paid the full $2.2 billion to build a base for US marines.  It means the US will not take any orders from Australia as to what it will or will not engage in. It means US service personnel who break local laws will be tried in the US courts.

“When the details are worked out we know that Australia will pay the bulk of the costs for the PNG base.

“We know the people of Manus, already sorely tried by Australia’s scandalous refugee policy, will have the bear the brunt of Australian and US servicemen’s criminality.  This is not a deal to help PNG but a selfish act by players who are used to being colonizers and exploiters of the Pacific,” Mr Doherty said.

According to a letter in the Sydney Morning Herald, “PNG is experiencing an unprecedented health crisis – inadequate human resources, the revival of polio after two decades of absence, a high incidence of tuberculosis and HIV, and medicines scarce in most rural areas.  Life expectancy is almost certainly falling.  Remarkable then, that as the budgetary provision for overseas aid is at its lowest on record, we – and the United States – can think of no better contribution to PNG than to build a bigger and better naval base on Manus Island.”

In the region Australia has relied on the US to lead it and the US has led us up the garden path yet again. This means that Australia will pay in dollars and then probably in blood as Vietnam and Korea.  Australia had the choice to promote peace and cooperation with between China and the US but instead chose to go with regional tension and competition.

Economic development is unequal within and between countries in the world. The stated aim of China’s belt and road program is to even out development. It is tragic that Australia has turned its back on this for selfish ideological reasons.

Overall, the Australia has set itself on a path of regional tension and competition.  These decisions represent nothing but a thrust towards war with a huge potential costs for all Australians.

 

Letter to SMH re Pine Gap

Dear Editor,
After being arrested around 5 times at the gates of Pine Gap since 1987 it comes as no surprise that intelligence gifted to Australia is first filtered through US eyes only. The revelations in today’s SMH 26/4/18 The Secret Room closed off to Australia show that ‘in many countries (Australia especially) around the world, the public remains in the dark regarding surveillance powers and capabilities”. We, the peace movement and the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign always claimed that the base was a wholly US affair and only crumbs of information were sometimes shared with Australia. Nevertheless as the SMH article shows Foreign Minister and Prime Minister from the 80’s up to the present have maintained the fiction that they knew all about the facility and it was in fact a ‘Joint’ facility. Stephen Smith (Foreign Minister in the Rudd Government) even went so far as to say ‘there are no US bases in Australia’.
The conclusion for all fair minded Australian is ‘Close Pine Gap’ or to become complicit in war crimes committed by this base over which we have no control. Already human rights activists in Pakistan are agitating for a court case to sue Australia for its cooperation with the Obama drone program.
We can only repeat what has been said many times over the last 60 years “US Bases out now!”
Yours sincerely

Denis Doherty
Coordinator Australian Anti-Bases Campaign

So we were right all along – SMH 26/4/18 by Nick Miller

From Sydney Morning Herald today (Thursday)
For decades the Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition and other peace groups have argued that Pine Gap is a US facility and that Australia does not know everything that goes on there, cannot control its activities, and does not have full access to its intelligence gathering.
We were told we were alarmist, misinformed, dishonest, foolish … but now it seems we were right all along and the Governor of WA Beazley is a liar.
Hannah

An old US diplomatic cable uncovered by Privacy International has confirmed the existence of a secret room at America’s Pine Gap spy base that Australians were not allowed to enter — except for one time when Bill Hayden had a look.
It calls into question a claim made at the time in March, 1985, by then defence minister Kim Beazley, who said the government was fully aware of everything that takes place at Pine Gap, near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
The cable was released to PI by the US State Department after a lawsuit seeking access to details of the scope of intelligence gathering across the globe.
PI said it was a “case study” of how intelligence sharing arrangements are “typically confidential and not subject to parliamentary scrutiny” and could be used to circumvent a country’s laws.
Beazley had appeared on Channel 9’s Sunday program responding to reports that US bases in Australia were intercepting telephone and other electronic information in friendly countries and within Australia.
“We say emphatically that the facilities do not spy on Australia,” Beazley said. Pine Gap’s role was to help verify arms control agreements and provide adequate early warning of missile launches, he said.
On April 1, 1985, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Kim Beazley’s claim that the government knew everything that happened at the US Pine Gap spy base near Alice Springs.
But the Australian National University’s defence expert Des Ball, who died in 2016 and was one of the country’s leading public researchers into what really went on at Pine Gap, said at the time that Beazley’s claim was “silly”.
The cable, written on April 1, 1985 from the US embassy in Canberra to the Secretary of State in Washington, gives the details of Beazley’s TV appearance and Ball’s comments.
It reports, without comment, that Beazley said the Australian government “is fully aware of everything that takes place at the joint facilities and that [government] approval is required for any specific activity”.
It also carries a handwritten addition by an unknown person, presumably at the US State Department, commenting on Ball’s claims.
A mysterious addendum to a US diplomatic cable from April 1, 1985, confirms the existence of a secret room at the Pine Gap spy base near Alice Springs — a room Australians are not permitted to enter.
Ball was reported saying “there were at least two areas of the facility where Australian nationals are not permitted entry — the US ‘national communication and cypher room’ and the ‘key room where they [Americans] do the final analysis of all incoming intelligence’ “.
Next to the description of the first room the handwritten addendum says “CORRECT, but Hayden, when Shadow PM, did enter area once”.
Next to the description of the second room the handwriting says “NO SUCH AREA”.
Ball had written in 1984 that Pine Gap was administered by the CIA and “originally established as part of Project Rhyolite”, which involved a satellite “sucking up like a vacuum cleaner a wide spectrum of Soviet and Chinese military communications” including telephone calls as well as radar and other signals associated with missile launches.
He said later he learned about the Rhyolite program in 1977 but “I was uncertain about whether the Rhyolite program was Pine Gap’s only function until Hayden confirmed it for me in April 1981, after he returned from a tour of the facility”.
It seems likely this is the visit referred to in the cable.
The cable came at the height of the “ban the bomb” campaign in Australia, a day after more than 300,000 people marched across Australia in Palm Sunday anti-nuclear rallies, and the People for Nuclear Disarmament had claimed their membership had grown by 100,000 on the previous year.
Then foreign minister Bill Hayden was on the back foot, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on April 1, saying the marchers’ concern about the arms race was entirely justified but Australia could not “pull up the drawbridge and tell the world to go away… the objective must be no less than the elimination of nuclear weapons and of war itself”.
On April 1, 1985, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Kim Beazley’s claim the day before that the government knew everything that happened at the US Pine Gap spy base near Alice Springs. It also carried a report on a huge ‘ban the bomb’ march.
In 1984 Bob Hawke had partly lifted the lid on Pine Gap, in a statement to Parliament saying it was not a military base and did not store or produce any weapons.
“Among the functions performed are the provision of early warning by receiving from space satellites information about missile launches, and the provision of information about the occurrence of nuclear explosions,” he said.
In 2013, it was revealed that Pine Gap played a key role in the US’ controversial drone strikes against al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan, tracking the precise geolocation of radio signals including hand-held radios and mobile phones across the eastern hemisphere from the Middle East across Asia to China, North Korea and Russia.
A defence white paper released in 2016 said Pine Gap delivered “information on intelligence priorities such as terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and military and weapons developments, while contributing to the verification of arms control and disarmament agreements”.
In the report titled Secret Global Surveillance Networks PI said the “new scope and scale of intelligence gathering has given rise to a new scope and scale of the sharing of that intelligence between governments, particularly in response to threats to national security.
“Despite these dramatic changes, in many countries around the world, the public remains in the dark regarding state surveillance powers and capabilities.”
Though intelligence sharing was important and effective in preventing acts of terrorism and other threats to national security “it does interfere with fundamental human rights including the right to privacy,” the report said.
“Non-transparent, unfettered and unaccountable intelligence sharing… poses substantive risks to human rights and the democratic rule of law.”

The misbehaviour of HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Parramatta

Dear Minister,

 

We are sad to read of an account of the above ships stopping near the village of Gangjeong on Jeju Island South Korea reported in a newsletter printed by that village.

 

The article alleges that the RAN ships arrived on Nov 3 2017 and while other ships from other countries stopped around the same time it does imply that the Australian ships are just as culpable.  The names of our ships can be clearly seen on protest banners in the photos in the article.

 

Jeju by the way has been declared an Island of Peace and the presence of our warships greatly offends the people of Jeju and the village of Gangjeong.  In January of 2005, the central government officially declared Jeju an ‘Island of World Peace’ and the 70th anniversary of the uprising and US – sponsored massacre of Jeju people by Korean troops and paramilitaries will be celebrated soon.

 

The Gangjeong Village Newsletter reports “foreign warships come to the navy base for ‘rest and re-supplying’, meaning that they dump their trash and sewage and bus soldiers to big tourist attractions.  Jeju is being used like a reward for foreign soldiers for their participation in joint military exercises.  The amount of trash already surpasses the island’s infrastructure.”  The Australian ships mentioned above must be part of this effort to use Jeju as a garbage dump.  Surely Australian ships should behave with more respect for the environment than ships from careless countries such as the US.

 

The article goes on to allege that Australian ships are not helping to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula in fact the opposite is true.  The newsletter goes on: ‘Jeju is being used for port visits by the ships that join frequent joint military exercises, which practice for war and thus make war more likely to happen.’

 

Australian Navy ships have stumbled into a situation where the reputation of Australia has been tarnished both by being labelled environmental vandals and war mongers.  Minister it is about time you reversed Australia’s attitude to the Korean Peninsula and take a more conciliatory approach which has been called the ‘freeze on freeze’ namely no military exercise no missile or nuclear bomb tests.  Work for a peace treaty in Korea not war.  Your present activities upsets both Koreas.

 

Yours sincerely