Planned Nuclear Submarine Base at Port Kembla Opposed

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed yesterday that a nuclear powered submarine base, purported to cost $10 billion, would be built on Australia’s east coast as part of the AUKUS partnership with the US and the UK.

Port Kembla, Newcastle and Brisbane have been cited as possible locations for the base.

In a statement released yesterday, Mick Cross, Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia’s Southern NSW Branch, opposed any nuclear proliferation in the Illawarra.1 Continue reading Planned Nuclear Submarine Base at Port Kembla Opposed

IPAN calls for an immediate ceasefire and a negotiated settlement in the Ukraine

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In a media release published on 26th February 2022, the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) condemns both the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and also the attacks by the Ukrainian Government on the people of the Donbas region.

IPAN calls for an immediate ceasefire by all parties, a withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine and for negotiations leading to a peaceful solution to the present crisis. Continue reading IPAN calls for an immediate ceasefire and a negotiated settlement in the Ukraine

Invasion Day Rally and Yabun Festival on 26th January 2022

Australia Day is observed annually on 26th January. It marks the 1788 landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove and the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Australia Day is known as Invasion Day or Survival Day and has become a day of mourning for what unfolded after the landing of the First Fleet — the colonisation and dispossession of First Nations people. Continue reading Invasion Day Rally and Yabun Festival on 26th January 2022

Peru – 59th state party to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Antonio García Revilla, a Director-General at the Foreign Ministry of Peru, signs the TPNW in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: ICAN. Click photo to enlarge.

On December 23, 2021, Peru become the 59th state party to ratify the United Nation’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). In a press statement, the Peruvian Foreign Ministry stated that Peru’s ratification of the TPNW highlights its “high commitment to its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law”, adding that it “is in line with Peru’s commitment to promoting international peace and security to facilitate the development and growth of our peoples”.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has congratulated the Peruvian Foreign Ministry, as well as Peruvian and Latin-American activists, particularly those associated with the Human Security Network for Latin America and the Caribbean (SEHLAC), who campaigned for this outcome. Continue reading Peru – 59th state party to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

IPAN – Interim Report on costs and consequences of the US-Australia Alliance released

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The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) has released an Interim Report entitled A People’s Inquiry: Exploring the Case for an Independent and Peaceful Australia.  This Inquiry has investigated the costs and consequences of Australia’s involvement in US-led wars and the US-Australia Alliance.

The objective of the Inquiry was to encourage submissions from individuals and organisations on eight focus areas associated with the US-Australia Alliance – including social, political, military and defence, economic and environmental impacts – leading to a report that outlines a credible pathway towards achieving  a genuinely independent foreign policy for Australia. Continue reading IPAN – Interim Report on costs and consequences of the US-Australia Alliance released