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… [Read more] Budget a setback for Australia and the region
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Peace Crimes by Kieran Finnane tells the story of activism at the secret US spy base near Alice Springs. Six Peace Pilgrims trespassed on the grounds of Pine Gap in 2016, leading to a court case in 2017 where the activists were charged under terrorism laws and faced up to 7 years jail. Their quest… [Read more] Pine Gap: A tiny crack, but enough to let some light in
West Papuans are currently engaged in a full-scale, nationwide, nonviolent insurrection. They demand all Indonesian troops to be withdrawn and for the internet to be switched on. The conflict is not going away until the question of political self-determination is settled in a free, fair and dignified way, either through political negotiations and/or a referendum.… [Read more] West Papua is Rising Up: Act now with Papuans to #MakeWestPapuaSafe
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We were in sunny Brisbane in solidarity with activists in Kassel, Germany.
Rheinmetall have taken money to build this weapons hub for military vehicles. They are building 225 tanks for the Australian Government. Rheinmetall are taking money from the taxpayer to bind our culture and economy to weapons exports.
When a company has their investments in weapons their interest is in supporting and structuring more war and conflict. Will they organise exports to Indonesia? #disarmrheinmetall
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AUSTAL has been building "patrol boats" for the lucrative slush fund that is the weapons industry that are "fundamentally flawed".
Rex Patrick detailed a list of "significant issues" with the fleet of patrol boats made by ASX-listed Austal at a Senate hearing.
After they presumably sank, or whatever, Austal paid $70000 to the LNP and $60000 to Labor. They have factories in Perth and Cairns - at least.
#InspectorRex hammered the "integrity commissioner" at the hearing. He inquired as to why she had sacked the barristers who were inquiring into the apparent corruption whereby Borderforce had been paid $39million .even though they had not reached actual milestones - that is the agreements in the contracts.
And then the investigation appeared to go dead. The whole thing disappeared.
Austral can be targetted in Perth and Cairns. They provide boats for borderforce and therefore nicely cross the intersectional line of militarism and justice for refugees.
this was in the time of Pyney as Defence Industries Minister
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"This new treaty enters international law with many promises for nuclear justice." - @DimityHawkins ✊ #nuclearban https://twitter.com/BenDohertyCorro/status/1320176586507730944
How do we know?? With past weapons bans - like cluster munitions, landmines - countries outside the treaties shifted their behaviour after they entered into force. Learn more: https://www.icanw.org/entry_into_force_briefing_paper
The treaty will also impact the money going to nuclear weapons. Banks, insurers and pension funds will divest from companies that produce nuclear weapons, and lead these companies to stop producing nuclear weapons. It’s already happening
Another key obligation is that states parties are legally bound to urge try to get more states to join the treaty. So in bilateral meetings, at state visits, at the @unitednations, they will push nuclear-armed states and nuclear endorsing states to join the #nuclearban too.
Starting 22 jan, all countries that have ratified the treaty must comply with its prohibitions and positive obligations, like assisting victims of nuclear use and testing. This is key: the #nuclearban treaty will help impacted communities! https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/25/now-that-nuclear-weapons-are-the-pacific-demands-truth-on-decades-of-testing