After Peace Convergence
Independent and Peaceful Australian Network
April 21 – 25 2014 Canberra, 2014
Update: INDEPENDENT AND PEACEFUL AUSTRALIA NETWORK
Towards an Independent and Peaceful Australia National Conference Canberra – 21-22 April, 2014
Concluding Conference Statement
This first national conference of Independent and Peaceful Australia Network affirms our support for an independent Australian foreign policy as the most effective path for our country to build peace in the region.
It is our view that Australia’s successive government policies of willingly following the US to wars, the stationing of US bases and troops on sovereign soil and the deeper integration of Australian foreign policies and military into the US war machine is a major threat to peace in the region.
We’re concerned that Australia is complicit and actively involved in the US wars of aggression. We’re concerned with successive Australian governments’ subservience to foreign powers’ economic and military interests. We’re concerned that the financial costs of militarisation and engagement in foreign wars are a burden on our country that comes at the expense of people’s lives, welfare and the environment.
Through recent decades we have witnessed a steady increase in the level of Australia’s military involvement with the US. We are concerned that Australian governments’ subservience and complicity in the US military Pivot into Asia-Pacific is increasing the threat of war, rather than building peace and security in the region.
We are opposed to foreign military bases and the deployment of foreign troops and military in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. We are opposed to the integration of Australia’s foreign policies and military into the US plans.
We want to live in Australia with an independent foreign policy, under which our country is free to choose what is truly in the best interest of peace in the world. We also recognise that a truly independent and peaceful Australia cannot be fully realised without a just treaty with Australia’s indigenous people.
Contacts: IPAN (Vic) – Shirley Winton 0417456001, Phyllis Campbell-McRae 9023 1958
IPAN is a network of organisations and peace activists from all regions of Australia who are united by our support for an independent Australian foreign policy based on peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Update: I was involved in these actions recorded by Melbourne Street Medic Collective
Update: Vince Emmanuelle US Iraq Veteran against War is on Philip Adams here
Vince is on a panel on Militarism Melbourne thursday RMIT 6.30pm organised by WACA.
WACA World Record of protests against war in one day
IPAN Facebook: www.facebook.com/IndependentAndPeacefulAustraliaNetwork
or: IPAN, c/o PO Box 573,
Coorparoo, Qld 4151 ph: Annette Brownlie, 0431 597 256
Program 18 – 20th April Folk Festival Information stall at Unions ACT contact Kim Sattler phone 02 62477844
Monday 21st April: Inaugural meeting of IPAN organisations and members strategy meeting in the afternoon 12pm to 5pm at Unions ACT venue 189, Flemington Road, Mitchell phone 02 62477844
Tuesday 22nd April: 9am to 5pm National Peace and Independence Conference “Towards a Peaceful Independent Australia” Unions Act venue 189, Flemington Road, Mitchell phone 02 62477844
Wednesday 23rd April: 9.30am a day to reflect at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.Old Parliament House lawns. Discuss peace movement building. Contact Graeme Dunstan 0407951688 PeaceBus.com
Thursday 24th April: Waging War on Peace. Direct Action world record attempt for the most anti-war protests initiated by Melbourne group Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA). Staring 6am at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy peace action to hurtle around Canberra to many locations, Defence, Embassies. Contact Sam Castro 0439569289. 10am. Discussion at Silver Wattle Quakers Centre 1063 Lake Road Bungendore.
5.30pm Anzac Eve Peace Vigil Assemble Mt Ainslie for lantern trip to Australian war Memorial. AnzacPeaceVigil.org
8pm. Remembering War Seeking Peace. contact Janet salisbury 0416167280
Friday 25th April: Supporting the “Frontier Wars” commemorations during ANZAC day.
For further details and updates contact Michael Anderson 0427292492 and Annette Brownlie, 0431597256
Then Treaty-ing for Peace at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy 2pm
US Iraq War Veteran Vince Emanule special guest
Conference: April 22nd 2014 Canberra
“Towards a Peaceful and Independent Australia”
The conference includes expert speakers, long time peace campaigners, historians and unionists discussing ways to shape Australian foreign policy towards peaceful, independent goals. Networking with peace groups all over Australia and overseas and direct action along is the aim. Debate in workshops will be on these important issues.
Issues we shall be addressing are:
American Bases, Troops & US Alliance
The US military has massively increased its presence in Australia in a policy known as the Asia Pivot. Find out why and what it means for Australia. Can we do better?
Australia and US data gathering
Edward Snowden’s leaks reveal Australia is embedded deep into the US Surveillance System. Do the costs of this outweigh the benefits? What does it mean for Australian civil rights? How can we repair relations with our neighbours?
Militarism and the Environment
Is terrorism really our biggest security risk? What impact might our military spending and activities have on such issues as Global Warming?
The Economic cost of War and Conflict
Is the money spent on war really worth it? Could less money, spent elsewhere actually increase our security?
A response to the WWI Centenary
Was the conscription debate and ultimate defeat in Australia during world war one more telling of our national character than the invasion of Turkey in 1915?
Conference Program Tuesday 22nd April, 9:00am – 5:00pm Panel Discussions. o
Australian foreign policy in relation to the “US pivot” to the Asia Pacific, foreign bases, troops and aircraft in Australia, Australian involvement in intelligence operations and the “deep state”.
Implications of environmental issues for peace movements around Australia.
The costs of the US-Australian military alliance and an aggressive foreign policy, particularly the costs to working people.
Responses of the peace movement to the current Federal Government promotion of a 4 year celebration of the World War I centenary.
Vince Emmanuale US Iraq veteran Veterans for Peace
Dr Michael McKinley, ANU:
Justin Tutty, Basewatch, Darwin;
Dr Alison Broinowski, Campaign for Iraq War Inquiry;
Dr Marty Branagan, Lecturer in Peace Studies;
Kim Sattler, Secretary, Unions ACT;
Dr David Stephens, Chair, Honest History, ACT;
Dr Sue Wareham, Medical Association for Prevention of War Vice President.
Chair people: Dr Jenny Grounds, MAPW; Humphrey McQueen, Australian historian.
Workshops on the topics detailed above
Poster session – a chance to present your ideas in written and graphic form.
We’re interested in building a future for Australia that is peaceful and independent of foreign domination.
We need you, with your passion for peace, skills and experience to join us in Canberra for the 22nd April 2014.
Please fill in and return the registration form today!
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Registration: $50 / $25 Concession Bank transfer BSB 814 282 Acct CUA 0385606 Label the transfer “Your Surname -IPAN”
During the IPAN Conference, we will be having a poster session, where you can display your passion or interest around any of the five topics and interact with passers-by in a non-formal setting.
Would you like to present a poster? ………… If so on what topic? __________________________________________
Please cut off and post or copy and paste and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or: IPAN, c/o PO Box 573, Coorparoo, Qld 4151
IPAN has member organisations in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Darwin.
To contact us: Annette Brownlie, 0431 597 256
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