Monthly Archives: April 2014

Don’t Buy the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Concern about the F-35 JSF continues to grow, with reports of its many problems – not to mention the huge expense. A petition sponsored by the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network – NSW (IPAN), calling for the agreement to purchase the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to be scrapped, was handed to Senator Lee Rhiannon early in August. More than 1,700 signatures were collected. Continue reading Don’t Buy the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign

20140425-7-1MPG has joined other community groups in the Marrickville area to form the Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign.

The group is concerned about the anticipated avalanche of propaganda associated with the centenary of WW1 – which appears to have started already with this year’s ANZAC commemorations. As part of the ‘Canberra Peace Convergence’, one member of the group joined the party marching under the banner ‘Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars’. The party was prevented from entering the Australian War Memorial by the AFP. (See photo). Continue reading Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign

Sabotaging Nuclear Disarmament

In February 2014, Australian diplomatic cables, ministerial submissions, government talking points and emails released under freedom of information laws, revealed Australia led secret diplomatic efforts to sabotage a New Zealand-led campaign that would lay the foundation for negotiating an international agreement to ban nuclear weapons. Such a ban would put these weapons in the same category as chemical and biological weapons that are already banned under international law.

Read about Australia’s exercise in diplomatic sabotage here.

More on Drones

Not being happy with the response from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s office, MPG has prepared another, very detailed letter to the Minister on drones. Read this letter here and the response received from the Minister’s office here. Additional information about MPG’s campaign against drones can be accessed here.