PEACE CONVERGENCE – COURT REPORT: TRIALS IN ROCKHAMPTON
19TH AUG: ROCKY TIGER PLOUGHSHARES GRAEME DUNSTAN – FOUND GUILTY. SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS SUSPENDED. 3 YEARS GOOD BEHAVIOUR. $162,000 REPARATIONS FINE. Rev Simon Moyle and former human shield Donna Mulhearn attended the court as witnesses for Graeme.
5TH SEPT: GRAEME DUNSTAN – MAGISTRATES COURT FOR FURTHER PLOUGHSHARES MATTERS
29TH AUG: BRISBANE ACTIVIST GREG ROLLES COURT APPEARANCE FOR PEACE PILGRIM ACTION – ADJOURNED TO A LATER DATE TBA
10TH OCT: BRISBANE ACTIVISTS JIM DOWLING, ROBIN TAUBENFELD, DAVID SPRIGG AND ANDY PAINE FOR BARRACKS ACTION
‘You can’t prepare for and prevent a war at the same time.’ ~Albert Einstein
Talisman Saber is a US led military exercise that takes place every two years in Australia, primarily on the central coast of Queensland at Shoalwater Bay. Talisman Saber 2013 took place from 15 July to 5 August 2013.
These biennial exercises are some of the world’s largest military exercises. 2013 involved 28,000 US and Australian troops (19,000 US and 9,000 Aussie) engaged in land, sea and air warfare practice.
Talisman Saber involves live firing, the use of explosives, the practising of urban warfare, the use of high power sonar and active sonobuoys, amphibious assaults, parachuting and land force manoeuvres. US troops involved in these exercises deploy to or from real war situations, forward deployed units, or other military operations.
Bombing in Australia
This year, the US jettisoned four bombs on the Great Barrier Reef, when they had difficulty dropping them on their intended target, Townshend Island. While this drew media attention and international condemnation, these four bombs are just the tip of the iceberg as far as bomb drops and live firing involved in Talisman Saber and other US military training in Australia.
Supporting US Wars
Talisman Saber is one facet of an expanding US military presence in our region, and Australia’s support for it. Australia already houses Pine Gap (US satellite base), allows US bombing flyovers, stations US troops in Darwin, hosts nuclear powered and nuclear weapons capable war ships and opens both its civilian and military infrastructure to the US.
With changing economic and political priorities, the US is repositioning its global force and Australia is playing a vital role in both acting as launching pad for US military activity, as an ally in the field, and as the face of the US nuclear umbrella in the Asia-Pacific region.
Talisman Saber threatens our security by further entrenching Australia in US global military expansion.
Talisman Saber war rehearsals must be stopped and Australia must refuse to collude with US global military expansion. The Peace Convergence encourages people to support our peace arrestees and take peace action in their own region or where ever war games and militarism are taking place.
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