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Militarism and its Consequences
September 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Anti-militarism activists and an academic will explain how they feel about Australia’s military posture, its engagement in warfare, and the costs and consequences of its alliance with the USA. They will discuss the militarisation and ‘securitisation’ of society, and consider whether these take the nation towards a peaceful future, internally and internationally. Nuclear risks, risk reduction and ‘no first use’ will also be covered.
IPAN is a network of groups that came into being soon after the announcement that US marines were to be stationed in Darwin. It seeks a truly independent foreign policy for Australia and has been conducting a people’s inquiry into the Australia/US alliance.
AABCC has demonstrated long-standing opposition to the presence of all foreign bases (particularly US bases) on Australian territory.
WILPF(NSW) is one of the oldest peace groups in Australia, its opposition to war dating back to 1920. It brings a feminist perspective to the analysis of root causes of war and conflict, and emphasises the gendered impacts of conflict and war.
PND is an organization dedicated to eliminating the threat of nuclear war. As a group it has been active since 1960 and has a significant presence in the world’s disarmament movement.
The Australia Institute is one of the country’s most influential public policy think tanks. Based in Canberra, we conduct high impact research that combines rigorous fact-driven material with cutting-edge communication strategies.
- Allan Behm (Australia Institute)
- Denis Doherty (Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition)
- Bevan Ramsden (Independent and Peaceful Australia Network)
- Margot Pearson (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) –“I have been a longstanding member of WILPF Australia both in Canberra and in Sydney. I was a member for some years on the WILPF Australia Board as Vice-President and am currently on the Management committee of WILPF NSW as Treasurer. I have also worked with members of WILPF Australia on WILPF’s campaign to address militarisation in Australia. This includes a research initiative funded by WILPF International and now concluding with our report ‘Militarisation in Australia: Normalisation and Mythology’.”
- John Hallam (People for Nuclear Disarmament)
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