The Campaign Outline on 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
    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


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

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

No to war against the Kurds – Condemnation of the Turkish Government

ANTI-BASES calls an immediate ceasefire and a withdrawal of Turkish forces from Syrian Territory.

The war started by Turkey is an aggression against the Kurdish people and an attack against the Syrian territorial sovereignty.

This cannot be and is not the solution of the regional problems. It only brings more civilian suffering and death.  After 4 days of the Turkish Operation there have been many causalities and over 100,000 are fleeing the fighting.

We state categorically that the following entities: the Turkish Government led by President Erdogan, the USA or any other imperialist force can bring peace to the people of Syria.

The real threat to the security of the Middle East is NATO, the US and the imperialist forces and those who insist on collaborating with them.

ANTI-BASES strongly condemn Turkey’s invasion with the permission of the US.  We acknowledge that the Kurdish people that have bravely fought against ISIS and protected civilians in the region.  We further condemn the cynicism of the US officials who acted to have the Kurdish forces remove the defensive barriers in a so called ‘security mechanism’ against an incursion by Turkey which left the Kurds in an even more vulnerable position.

ANTI-BASES calls for an immediate ceasefire.

The ANTI-BASES further condemn the limp wristed response of the Scott Morrison and his Government and the almost mirror image by the ALP opposition.

We call on the Morrison Government to follow French and German example by banning all military cooperation with Turkey.  That includes putting the list below on hold:

  • cooperation on Airborne Early Warning Aircraft development and use;
    • cooperation on Landing Ship Helicopter Dock (LHD) development and use;
    • Joint Defence Industry Trade Missions, and;
    •Training exchanges.

We further warn that the Australian Government must not hide behind the ANZAC myth when it comes to this action.  We do not honour the men who fought in Gallipoli by piling Kurdish corpses on the graves of the fallen of WW1.

Also, ANTI-BASES stresses that the UN must to take its responsibilities vis-à-vis the rights of the Kurdish people. Negotiations must start with all stakeholders in order to guarantee the rights of the Kurdish people.

ANTI-BASES supports all protest actions in front of Turkish embassies and consulates all over the Australia. The ANTI-BASES urges its members and supporters to join with members of the Australian Kurdish Community in expressing our disgust at the decision by Turkey to invade and the treacherous actions of the US.

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


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”.


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!

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

Government lied to Australia about Pine Gap WA Governor implicated in coverup

Revelations that the US war fighting base at Pine Gap, near Alice Springs, had a secret room that excluded Australians exposes the lies that Australian governments generally and current WA Governor Kim Beazley have been telling the Australian people.
In March, 1985, the then defence minister Kim Beazley insisted the government was fully aware of everything that takes place at Pine Gap.
“The Australian Anti-Bases Campaign (AABC) has maintained from its inception 30 years ago that the base was a wholly US affair with little involvement of Australian authorities,” Denis Doherty, National Coordinator of the Anti-Bases Campaign, said in Sydney today.
“Over decades we have been called idiots and liars for calling for the closure of Pine Gap but now we have been vindicated.
“Now it is clear that Pine Gap was secretly established and continues to undermine the sovereignty and independence of Australia; it continues to ignore the rights of the indigenous people of this country; and it involves Australia in contributing to the arms race and the increasing probability of a nuclear war;
“Pine Gap plays a role in the US nuclear and non-nuclear military strategies and its missile defence and killer drone programs,” Mr Doherty said.
Dr. Hannah Middleton, AABCC Star Wars spokesperson, asked: “What can the Australian Government say now?
“Clearly Kim Beazley and others lied to create a fiction that Pine Gap and other US bases are “joint facilities”. Well that fiction has been blown out of the water!”
“These revelations are the impetus to renew our push to close all US bases in Australia and to have an independent non-aligned foreign policy.
“The oft repeated phrases ‘close Pine Gap’ and ‘US Bases out now!’ are now more immediate than ever. Time to act Australia,” Mr Doherty concluded.
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Contact Denis Doherty 0418 290 663 or Dr. Hannah Middleton 0418 068 098
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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.

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.”