IPAN National Conference: War, Peace and Independence - Keep Australia Out of U.S. Wars

Event Date: 
Fri, 08/09/2017 - 09:00 - Sun, 10/09/2017 - 16:30
Maritime Union of Australia, 46-54 Ireland St. West Melbourne VIC

In the present conditions of escalating global tensions threatening major US led wars;  and the Australian government's deeper subservience to U.S military agendas, come to  this timely and important national conference "War, Peace and Independence - Keep Australia Out of U.S. Wars," 

More than ever, it is time to raise the call for an independent Australian foreign policy and keeping Australia out of U.S. wars

Keynote speakers

Assoc Prof David Vine will discuss the role of U.S. bases in Australia and beyond in U.S.-led wars and the significance of this unprecedented network of bases for global peace and security.

Sung Hee Choi  South Korean peace activist will discuss the longstanding US military policies in South Korea since 1945m which brought division and laid the conditions for the Korean War.  She will speak on the militarisation of Jeju Island, and the people’s resistance to militarisation.

Lidia Thorpe a Gunnai / Gunditjmara woman will speak on Sovereignty, Treaty and Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First People from a Grassroots sovereign position.

Alex Edney-Browne will speak on US drone warfare and militarisation of Australian universities

Margaret Beavis a Melbourne GP and president of the Medical Association for Prevention of War, will speak on the real costs for Australia of U.S. militarism and our role in nuclear disarmament – leaders of weasels?

Warren Smith, MUA National Assistant Secretary will speak on why peace and justice are union business, and the long tradition of working people and their unions campaigning against wars of aggression, and for peace.

Prof Richard Tanter will speak on what an independent Australian foreign policy could look like

Dr Mike Gilligan, former Defence Dept. adviser will ask can Australia defend itself as a sovereign country?

Dr Vince Scappatura will speak on US political and military influence over Australia

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens Defence Spokesperson together with Greens leader recently said: “Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to commit Australian troops to a possible war against North Korea puts Australia at risk and shows why Parliament needs to urgently pass a war powers act and renegotiate the alliance with the United States”

Other speakers include,  Dr James O'Neill will speak on South China Sea conflict and tensions;  Olivier Bancoult, known as the “Nelson Mandela” of the Chagossian Indigenous people who were forcibly removed from their island Diego Garcia between 1966-1973 to make way for the creation of a U.S. military base in the Indian Ocean; Robert Stary, well known defender and advocate for civil liberties and democratic rights will be guest speaker at Saturday night's conference dinner.

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