Peace Convergence 2017

The Peace Convergence (#PC17) is a gathering of peace activists from all around Australia who come together in a celebration of resistance to the biennial Talisman Saber US-Australian War Rehearsals.

TS17 involves thousands of personnel engaging in land, sea and air manouevers: live firing, bombing practice, the use of sonar, on shore landings – and nuclear powered and nuclear-weapons-capable vessels. With support locations in cities around the country, the majority of the action takes place in Queensland, on and around the Great Barrier Reef, in the Northern Territory and in the Coral, Arafura and Timor Seas. These ‘war games’ will commence in June with its major live component taking place July 8-25.

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PC17 Program

July 4 Independence FROM America Day: National Day of Action #IndependenceFROMAmerica #4thofJuly

July 4 IPAN Canberra Forum: War, Peace and Independence

July 7-9 Peace Weekend of Activities, Rockhampton #StopTalismanSaber #NoMoreUSWars

  • July 7 NAIDOC March & Expo, Rockhampton
  • July 8 TS17 Open Day, Rockhampton Showgrounds
  • July 8 Western St Barracks Vigil
  • July 9 Peace Action

July 8-14 Peace Witness & Camp, Yeppoon

July 12-19 Brisbane Catholic Worker: Vigils, Actions, Court Support #BringOurTroopsHome, #BringOurRAAFHome 


Other Anti-Militarist Events

June 30-June 5 Students of Sustainability Newcastle

July 1-7 Stop Arming Israel London Palestine Action – week of action against the UK Arms Trade in Israel

Peace In Mind Radio Series shortlisted for award

CBAAawardsIn 2013 radio producers Kim Stewart, Linda Rose and Nathan Renault produced a 10 part radio series Peace In Mind, with the help of the Community Broadcasting Foundation, Psychologists for Peace and Radio 4EB in Brisbane.

We have been selected as finalists for the category of Best New Radio Program – Talks. The award winners will be announced in November.

Awards info here: http://cbaa.org.au/news/2014-CBAA-Awards-Finalists

You can listen to all ten episodes here: http://www.cpod.org.au/page.php?id=456

2014 Budget signals more weapons spending, less defence workers

ImageThe 2014 budget has drawn criticism for cuts to health, education and welfare, with more than 2200 defence civilians and contractors to be sacked, while the Liberal government’s budget pushes for billions in military ‘hardware’ spending. 

Total defence outlays for the coming year will be $29.2 billion (up $500 million) and the government will spend $122.7 billion on military hardware to 2017-18.

In the face of cuts to welfare for young people under 30 and increases in the cost of uni fees, the government is instead encouraging young people to join the military with the ADF gap year program – with a price tag of $191.8 million over four years.

Defence budget expert with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) Mark Thompson told news.com that the budget is, “as good as it gets for defence”.  Not so for veterans who see cuts to pensions, superannunation and medical assistance in this budget.

The implications of the military splurge of this government, during a time they are shouting austerity for everyone else, will not be clear until the 2015 release of the military white paper.

 

 

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