Northrop Grumman not welcome in Western Sydney

Northrop Grumman not welcome at Badgerys Creek

NSW Premier Ms Berejiklian described Prime Minister Turnbull’s announcement that US defence corporation Northrop Grumman will be the first tenant in a new $50 million centre of excellence at Badgerys Creek airport as “the start of something really great.” Peace groups have responded by saying that western Sydney does not deserve such a corrupt and criminal corporation in its midst.

“Northrop Grumman has a record of supplying defective equipment, over charging, environmental pollution and more,” said Dr Hannah Middleton from the Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition in Sydney today.

The first major scandals in Northrop Grumman’s history came in the early 1970s, when the company was embroiled in controversies over illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign as well as some $30 million in bribes paid to foreign governments to win orders for fighter jets.

In 1989, Northrop was charged with falsifying test results on cruise missiles for the Air Force and Harrier jets for the Marine Corps. In 1990, the company agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of $17 million.

In 1992 the company had to pay $4.2 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that the company padded its invoices on MX missile guidance system work.

In 1999, the company was sued for knowingly giving the Navy defective aircraft. Ten years later, Northrop Grumman agreed to pay $325 million to settle the suit.

In 2000 Northrop Grumman paid $1.4 million to settle a whistleblower case alleging that the company overcharged the Air Force for B-2 bomber instruction and repair manuals.

In 2003, the company was sued for overcharging the U.S. government for space projects. It later paid $111.2 million to settle out of court.

In 2003, Northrop Grumman agreed to pay $80 million to settle two cases, one involving the delivery of allegedly defective drones.

In 2004, Northrop settled for $1.8 million a case involving cruise missiles. The following year it paid $62 million to settle remaining claims relating to overcharging on the B-2 bomber program.

In June 2010 Northrop paid $12.5 million to settle charges that it neglected to test electronic parts it supplied for navigation systems in military aircraft and submarines.

In 2015 Northrop Grumman was cited for eight health and safety violations at its Lake Charles, Louisiana, worksite after it was discovered that workers were exposed while removing paint and repainting to methylene chloride and hexavalent chromium, hazardous chemicals with strict regulations regarding job safety.

“This is just a small sample of the armaments corporation’s shady dealings,” Dr Middleton said. “The company is not a good corporate citizen and is not welcome in our city.”


Contact Dr Middleton 0418 668 098

Move the Money – Global Day of Action to Reduce Military Spending

Time for the Australian Government to reduce military spending


Australia is among the top five spenders on armaments in our region, joining China, India, Japan and South Korea in the club of big military spenders on the military, according to figures published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).


According to the SIPRI data, world military expenditure increased in 2016 by 0.4% in real terms, and is now estimated at roughly $1686 billion. The top 10 spenders in 2016 were the USA, Russia, China Saudi Arabia, India, France, UK, Japan, Germany and South Korea.


SIPRI comments that “What we see is a predatory system of greed and power, a system that exploits the natural resources and energy of most of the world, and for this the military is the primary tool. For this reason, military spending must be reduced if we want to ensure a fair distribution of natural resources and an effective world decolonization. “


Australia will spend an estimated $1 trillion on war preparations over the next 20 years,” said Denis Doherty of Anti-Bases Campaign.


“We say Australia has a duty to reduce military spending in this time of high tension in the region brought on by the rash actions of the Trump administration.


“There has been an international campaign, including around Australia, in recent days, calling for a cut in the arms race.


“The aim is to push governments to invest money in human needs including health, education, employment and climate change rather than military.


“It is more and more urgent to drastically cut military spending worldwide and redirect this money to the promotion of human rights and to the construction a new, peaceful way of life based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


“It is urgent that we build human security structures worldwide and at the same time put a stop to war and destruction. Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya are examples of wars that have destroyed countries and their people. The vast majority of humankind desires a peaceful life,” Mr. Doherty said.



Avert War -Close Pine Gap

Avert war – close Pine Gap

Pine Gap, the highly secret United States war fighting and surveillance base, is reported to be spying on North Korea as tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula.

The base, near Alice Springs, provides provide key intelligence to both Washington and US Forces in the Pacific.

“We cannot accept the use of Pine Gap by the United States which would mean Australia would be deeply involved in any US military action against or even invasion of North Korea,” said Denis Doherty from the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition.

“And this could happen without Australian Government agreement or even knowledge.”

US warships and fighter jets have been diverted from a planned visit to Australia to Korean waters after the DPRK launched a ballistic missile test.

“With growing talk of US military action following its strikes against Syria last week, the US has notified Australia that it is prepared to shoot down any North Korean missile launches,” he said.

“Yet North Korea is called ‘provocative’!

“North Korea does not have the capability to deliver a nuclear warhead to the US or Australia. Yet Defence Industry Minister Pyne felt able to claim that North Korea has the ‘capability to hurt Australia, the United States, South Korea, and Japan’,” Mr Doherty said..

“The Republic of Korea and the United States, with help from others in region such as Japan, conduct massive annual military exercises off the coast of North Korea every year. Yet North Korea is demonised as unstable and dangerous.

“US President Trump is on a dangerous course to provoke war in our region and yet our Government and Opposition remain united in all out support for the US regardless of the risks to Australians and to the world.

“The way forward is to take Pine Gap out of the US arsenal to help prevent massive destruction and human suffering in our region and to ensure that our government and our people are not complicit in aggression and even war. Close it now!” Mr Doherty said

For more information

Denis Doherty 0418 290 663


Anti-Bases Statement on US Bombing of Syria


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Condemnation of the US bombing of Syria

The Australian Anti-Bases Campaign unreservedly condemns the bombing of a Syrian airbase (April 6 2017) by the US based on the excuse of the use of chemical weapons.  We also condemns the weak response by both the Coalition Government and the right wing opposition Labor Party in which we see a complete dereliction of duty to pursue to peaceful means.  Instead both the Australian Government and the ALP opposition are in lock step agreement with the disastrous US bombing.


“After years of supporting the insurgency against the Assad Government in Syria, the US is trying to puff itself up as being on the moral high ground.  The US has supplied the insurgents with weapons and some of these have made their way to the hands of the IS.  The US’s allies namely Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Gulf States have financed the IS while the US has turned a blind eye to the damage and civilian deaths caused.”  Said Denis Doherty of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC).


“The arms used by the IS are all US made and the Toyotas used by this force is likewise a direct result of the US support and financing of the jihadists.  Meanwhile the legitimate Government of Syria with all its faults is battling a massive insurgency which is financed with US cooperation by countries with deep pockets such as Saudi Arabia.


“The claims of the US of concern ring especially hollow, as the US just killed over 230 civilians including children in Mosul.  The western world’s response was a sympathetic murmur of ‘collateral damage’ such indulgence is not afforded to Assad.  The US and Australian Governments are puffing themselves up as being concerned with civilian casualties when they are just as bad.  A person killed by a weapon which is either ‘nice’ US one or a chemical is still dead.


The US inspected Assad’s stockpile of chemical weapons and then destroyed them.  As in Iraq the US is now declaring Assad must have hidden some but how can we trust them after the disaster it caused in Iraq?


A determined effort by the US and Australia to assist a cease fire being enacted would see their efforts being more positive and advantageous to peace.  Instead the US and Australia always rely on military force which is totally ineffective and spreads more misery and death.  Shame on the Trump administration and the weak irresponsible Australian Government and Opposition.



Anti-Bases Report on Military Training Bases

Environmental Report on Australian Bases
for Rockhampton and Townsville Beef Producers




This report focuses on effects of military training and military produced contaminants.  It is safe to say that these activities have overwhelmingly negative effects on the ecosystem structure and function.  These effects include habitat alteration, environmental pollution and disturbance to populations of flora and fauna which can bring about both long lasting and acute effects in both land and water.


The weapons employed by militaries during land conflicts create probably the greatest hazard to ecosystems. The numerous explosive techniques and tools at the disposal of army forces during ground warfare have left a legacy on landscapes across the globe of large craters, shrapnel, and contamination, devastating many ecosystems across the biosphere (Westing 1980; Hupy 2008; Certini et al. 2013).


This report uses mostly US material but there is a growing amount of Australian information coming to light in recent years.  The US situation is severe as its military is far bigger and has been using nuclear and chemical weapons as well as conventional weapons while the Australian military has restricted itself to the conventional.


Military bases which exclude human use do sometimes contribute to a better environment.  The ‘no-man’s land’ in the DMZ on the Korean peninsula has become a sort of reserve or park for cranes.  The area around Pine Gap where no cattle or people are allowed is better country than the neighbouring farms.


The Australian military is sensitive to environmental issues in a public relations sense. They now commission environmental impact statements (EIS) on all their major works and exercises.  The drawback is that these statements tend to be produced by tame commercial organisations which rarely reject the proposals and seldom require clean-ups and remediation. The military’s real view of the environment is probably best summed up by US Admiral Jeremiah who stated that in many cases the environment is used as a screen to mask hidden political agendas. He said these agendas could often be characterized as ‘anti-military’.  Environment regulations must recognize the fact that war and its preparation are inherently destructive.


Military Training Bases

A military training base is a general designation applied to military facilities that house military equipment and personnel, and facilitate training exercises and tactical operations.  Military training bases can range from small outpost sites to large military ‘cities’. The variation in size and operational use of military training bases leads to a broad spectrum of human produced impacts, both in type and severity, on the local ecosystem.  These impacts can be broken down into two broad categories: (i) the development of military training bases, which includes the establishment and construction of the facility and site; and (ii) operations of the military training base, which include the functional operation of the infrastructure itself and the corresponding military activities designated for the specific site.


There are differences between the sites near Shoalwater Bay (Rockhampton) and Townsville proposed for the Singaporean base.  The main difference is that the Rockhampton area is wet tropics and has a higher annual rainfall than the Townsville area which is dry savannah.  This will mean that water pollution will act more quickly in the Rockhampton area than further north.  However hazardous material is just as dangerous wherever the contamination is present.


(i) the development of military training bases, which includes the establishment and construction of the facility and site


What actual construction is planned at each site is not clear at this time but there are several points we can make with some surety.  There will be buildings to house the soldiers, workshops, hazardous material storage and so on. There will be infrastructure such as roads, helicopter landing pads and obstacles for training, etc.  These items will cause impacts which include habitat degradation, soil erosion, and chemical contamination.


Initial site development requires the clearing of vegetation and trees, followed by intensive soil excavation and compaction. This process alters the natural landscape by the removal of existing vegetation and the prevention of future vegetation growth.  The removal of vegetation coupled with soil excavation increases the potential for soil erosion, and reduces water infiltration rates, altering the landscape ecology by changing soil structure and chemistry, and increasing water runoff rates.  Chemical contamination of local water sources can also occur from increased water runoff carrying sediments and chemicals associated with waste dumping (e.g., hazardous building materials, paints, solvents, etc.), and accidental chemical spills (e.g., fuel and oil) during the development stage.


For effective combat training in real-world scenarios, military training bases need large areas in a wide variety of environments and climate zones.  The USA has training bases in various climate zones. In fact 6% of the world’s surface has been put aside for military training. However, it is hard to understand why the Singapore military would need to train in an arid savannah area when they would be operating in a hot tropical forest area if their purpose is the defense of Singapore.  It is likely that the impetus for this sort of training is the pressure the US is exerting on ‘allies’ such as Singapore (and Australia) to do some work in the Middle East. It is legitimate to ask why Australian farmers have to suffer for Singaporean and possibly USA foreign policy objectives.


The proposed Singaporean base will create great tracts of land where flora and fauna can thrive. However, this small environmental silver lining is hardly sufficient to give the farmers who lose their land any solace.  Compulsory acquisition of the farms will eliminate economic production and jobs (direct and indirect – mechanics, abbatoir workers, transport workers, etc). Farming activities can continue for generations but a military base is not productive and is likely to create profits for only local pubs and night club owners.

The environmental impacts associated with the upkeep of military infrastructure and equipment have been a growing concern in many countries around the world.


Military infrastructure and equipment is subject to constant use, often under extreme conditions, creating the need for constant maintenance and upkeep. This maintenance leads to the generation of large quantities of hazardous wastes including heavy metals, solvents, corrosives, paints, fuel, and oils.


When these hazardous wastes are improperly stored or disposed of, it can cause serious water contamination and habitat degradation issues, which can directly affect biodiversity.  There have even been documented reports of military sites that dump hazardous wastes into open holding ponds, evaporation ponds, mines, and wells.


Aerial wastes

While the Singaporean base will probably not house ground attack aircraft, we can expect them to have helicopters (their own or on loan from Australia). The maintenance of helicopters requires the use of hazardous materials, oils and fuels, and cleaning solvents.


An additional hazard is the impact of noise on the animals in the local area.


The construction of landing areas and frequent take offs and landings will also be a source of disturbance of soil and plants besides the animals.


Chemical composition of artillery and tank shells

Most shells are high velocity carrying an explosive payload to do maximum damage to the target on arrival.  Shells can also carry chemical, incendiary and other payloads.  Since an international agreement has banned chemical weapons there is little likelihood that Australian sites will use such chemical weapons.  Australian munitions use RDX and TNT.

  1. Trinitrotoluene (TNT) is a high explosive used in the manufacture of bombs and other munitions. It is primarily absorbed by humans through the skin or through inhalation or ingestion of its fumes and dust.  Some of its effects are liver and kidney damage, anemia, leukocytosis, and peripheral neuropathy.
  2. RDX is an acronym for “research and development explosive” (hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5 triazine). The army (US) noted toxic affects among soldiers in Vietnam who were exposed to RDX, either through accidental ingestion or prolonged exposure to RDX fumes. Its long term effects were not well known but US soldiers were documented to have seizures, vomiting, amnesia and even coma from exposure to the chemical. (Ref Seth Shulman “The Threat at Home – confronting the toxic legacy of the US military pp 203-211).


These two chemicals can get into drinking water, be blown in the dust many kilometres from the original blast and set up populations for chemical contamination for many years to come. Neighbouring farmers could be contaminated as could farm animals.  If beef cattle were detected with various chemical contamination emanating from military training areas it could cause a severe drop in revenue for the meat industry.

A similar case involving different chemicals can be seen in the farms around Oakey Queensland and Tindall NT where contamination from cleaning chemicals has caused a toxic plume to enter surface and bore water.

  1. One of the payloads an artillery/tank shell can deliver is depleted uranium (DU). However, the Australian Government does not allow depleted uranium shells to be used in Australia.  However, there is no guarantee that some time in the future this restriction will be lifted.  It is important not to alarm people about the dangers of DU especially when the important issue is the real contaminates at present affecting Australian populations.


UXO- Unexploded Ordinance

For any number of rounds fired either by tank, artillery piece or other means, a certain percentage do not detonate.  These rounds penetrate the soil to some depth or skid off and lie on the surface.  The danger of the surface live rounds is that they can detonate for any reason, a cow stepping on them, a boy throwing them, bushfire, etc.  The rounds that penetrate the surface can only be removed by armoured bulldozers and sifting equipment which is extremely expensive. No one knows how long such UXOs remain live — there is still ammunition detonating from WW1 on Belgian farms.  This is why we say the land will be locked up for many decades and rendered useless for any farming.


Australian experience:

The current environmental scandal affecting the military is the toxic plumes that flow from RAAF bases right around the country.  Apparently a solvent used to suppress fire was used on all RAAF planes for many years. The solvent was washed down nearby drains and as a result there are toxic plumes moving out from the bases.  Williamtown near Newcastle and Oakey near Toowoomba  have been in the news and Tindall outside Catherine and in a beef producing area of the NT has experienced the contamination of their bores from this toxic plume.


Low standards

The Saturday Paper has revealed that three companies that won multimillion-dollar Defence Department contracts helped to set the controversially lower standards.

The consultancy firms joined government health officials at an invitation-only workshop to draft new safe limits for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), both widely used on defence bases for almost 50 years. They are increasingly linked to cancer, liver and thyroid disease, immune suppression and reduced fertility.

The April 5 workshop set “tolerable daily intake” levels for both chemicals at 75 times higher than acceptable limits in the United States. Safe drinking water limits were set at more than 78 times the US level.

This information is not good news for those whose properties adjoin Australian military bases.  The Morton National Park near the town of Milton on the South Coast of NSW was a training area for the Australian military who dumped many toxic substances in a certain area of the park.  This area is fenced off but vulnerable to bushfires and a few years ago was threatened during a particularly intense bushfire season.  No one knows what will happen if fire does get into this area and what damage and contamination may spread from such an event.  As bushwalkers enter the park they are confronted by this sign:



Australian and American experience of training bases is that the land is too contaminated to be used again for farming.  Any clean-up is far too expensive and difficult so the military’s best plan is to put a fence around the land and let it stagnate for decades.

The map below is a fair summary of what the military have at their disposal at present.  It is impossible to argue that the Australian and Singaporean militaries do not already have enough land area for practice and training. The current Federal Government plans are reckless and cannot be justified by the billions of dollars being paid by the Singaporean Government for a military training base.

Australia will benefit if our government gives priority to food security over military security.



Prepared by Denis Doherty

Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition
Mobile 0418 290 663

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Letter regarding the women’s boat to Gaza


Friday, October 07, 2016

To: The Hon Julie Bishop

Foreign Minister

c/- Australian Parliament


Dear Minister,

Release the women’s boat to Gaza

As a person who frequently cites that Australia has the right of ‘freedom of navigation’ in parts of the South China Sea yet when Israel is the only nation that does not allow that freedom you are strangely silent.


We call on you to follow the rules you so stringently support on freedom of Navigation and condemn Israel for its capture and holding of the women’s boat to Gaza.  In the midst of an illegal blockade on the people of the most densely populated part of the globe these humanitarians are being made to look like criminals when the state of Israel is the committer of crimes.  There has been more attention to the budgies smugglers of Malaysia then to the Australian citizen caught up in this mess.


We call on you to act loudly and publically to support humanitarians of the world vs your support for the Australian yobbos in Malaysia.


Speak out for those women and show yourself to be a person with real humanitarian values.  Call for the immediate release of those women including the Australian citizens they are the pride of our world not Israeli Navy or Government.


Yours sincerely



Denis Doherty

For Anti-Bases





Pine Gap Alice Springs Company targeted by protesters

Media Release

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pine Gap Alice Springs Company targeted by protesters

Raytheon the private contractor behind much of Pine Gap’s work has become a target of protesters who are in Alice Springs to commemorate Pine Gap’s 50 year history of creating instability and war.  Situated in a non-descript building in Whittaker Street, Raytheon Australia, the subsidiary of one of the largest arms dealers in the world, expects to ply its trade without hindrance.

“We mean to upset this smugness which permeates this horrendous corporation whose self-advertising slogan is laughingly ‘keeping the world safe’, it means to do this by massive weaponised force!  Said Denis Doherty of the Anti-Bases Campaign.


“In regard to Pine Gap alone Raytheon has much to answer for, creating the software to spy on civilians, to direct drones and to target areas of the world where Australia is not at war with such as Yemen and Somalia. Said Nick Deane from Independent and Peaceful Australia Netowork.


“Commentary on Raytheon in the US says the following Raytheon doesn’t have an army of tax collectors, but they certainly do have the money to buy off politicians, and then get those politicians to buy their products with tax payer money.  Now they are doing the same in Australia where Raytheon has big contracts with the Government for a huge range of expensive items.  We call Raytheon a public funded merchant.  Said Dr. Hannah Middleton Anti-Bases Campaign


“It is time to shine a light on this massive corporate giant which leeches resources away from much needed services such as health and education to weaponry which in turn creates more use of weaponry and more distress.  Mr Deane continued.


Raytheon is not a good corporate citizen but simply a privatized conglomerate to wage war for 0.1% of the USA.

Details: 8 Whittaker St Alice Springs Sept 29 2.30 pm

For more information:  contact Hannah Middleton 0418 668 098, Nick Deane 0420 526929, Denis Doherty 0418 290 663


Two exciting events regarding Pine Gap

In the lead-up to the 50th anniversary of the agreement that brought the military communications and surveillance facility at


 into existence, two exciting events have been arranged, by the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) and the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC). They will raise questions about


1. Public Seminar

From 10.00am to 3.30pm, Sunday 11 September 2016

Featuring James O’Neill, Dr Emily Howie and Dr Vincent Scappatura

  2. Public Meeting

From 2pm to 4pm, Sunday 25 September 2016

Featuring international speakers Prof. Kosuzu Abe (from Okinawa) and
Dr Lisa Natividad (from Guam) who are on their way to
IPAN’s national conference in Alice Springs on 2 October

 Both events will take place at

CFMEU Headquarters

12 Railway Street


(Easily accessible from Lidcombe Railway Station. On-site parking available)


James O’Neill

Brisbane-based barrister, outspoken critic of the Australia/US alliance and frequent contributor to the journal ‘Near Eastern Outlook’.

The South China Sea, Australia and the wider geopolitical context.”


Dr Emily Howie

Melbourne-based academic specializing in Australian foreign policy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

Targeted killing using drones in a secret war, what we know about Australia’s involvement and possible legal implications for Australia.”


Dr Vincent Scappatura

Sydney-based academic with a special interestin the US “pivot” to the Asia Pacific region. His topic:

“The perils of the US alliance”


Prof. Kosuzu Abe

University of Ryukyus, Okinawa. Knownfor her activism and being deeply committed to the protest movement against further militarisation of Okinawa


Dr. Lisa Natividad

University of Guam. Long term indigenous activist against the domination of her homeland by the US military and for the indepenence of her Chamorro people.








Contact Denis Doherty 0418 290 663 or Nick Deane 0420 526 929

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Radome Rising in Town Hall Square


A radome will be constructed in Sydney’s Town Hall Square at 12 noon this Saturday.

The dome is a replica of the radomes that cover the radio and radar antennae at the Central Australian war fighting and espionage base at Pine Gap.

Spokesperson for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) Nick Deane said:-

“We hope our radome will make people curious about what is going on, on Australian territory, at Pine Gap.

“We want people to ask questions about Pine Gap, in Sydney on Saturday and in Alice Springs in September when IPAN will hold a conference with national and international speakers to mark the 50th anniversary of the agreement setting up Pine Gap.

“There is much that the public does not know about the activities that take place at Pine Gap

“Pine Gap ties Australia into the American military machine and thus places our nation at risk,” Nick Deane said.

“It provides a target for any enemy of America, regardless of whether or not Australia is the attacker’s enemy.”

“Pine Gap contributes crucial tracking and targeting information for US drone strikes across the globe.

“Thousands of civilians have been killed by US drone strikes. In Pakistan, for example, drones have killed, maimed and traumatised hundreds of men, women and children.

“The Pine Gap drone program makes Australia complicit in war crimes.

“Pine Gap’s activities have far-reaching implications for Australia’s foreign relations, and we, the people, should know more about them than we are currently allowed to know,” Mr Deane concluded.


Contact Nick Deane 0420 526 929 or Denis Doherty          0418 290 663


World Military Spending

Press Release

“The positive trend towards less violence…has been broken.”


This is one of the gloomy conclusions of the annual Yearbook, published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on April 5. The SIPRI report shows that global spending on all things military rose by 1% in 2015 – making this the first year of growth since 2011.


The figures paint a disturbing picture of the level of expenditure on armaments, world-wide.  More alarmingly, military spending in Asia and Oceania (our near region) rose by 5.4% over 2014 levels and was heavily influenced by China. Heightening tensions between China and various countries in the region contributed to substantial increases in expenditure by Indonesia, the Philippines and Viet Nam, and triggered the start of a reversal of the long-term downward trend in Japan’s military spending. However, all this expenditure must be seen against the backdrop of the United States’ ‘pivot’ to the Asia-Pacific, the US remaining by far the biggest spender in the world.


In Australia the recent Defence White Paper (DWP) would indicate that Australia is contributing to this regional trend of escalating militarism. According to the DWP, Australia’s military budget will rise by $29.9 billion over the next decade, reaching $42.2 billion (2% of Gross Domestic Product) by 2021. This is despite the fact that the DWP states that there is no more than a remote prospect of a military attack on Australia by another country in the foreseeable future.

The SIPRI report also identifies Australia as the sixth largest importer of major weapons, globally.


The DWP argues that Australia has a responsibility to commit to defensive operations well beyond local borders – in the near region and in the world at large.


Opponents of military spending are marking the publication of the SIPRI Yearbook by taking action on the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS). Kathy Kelly, spokesperson for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN), has said

“Globally, just over 1% of military spending could meet the amount requested by the UN for all its humanitarian programs, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.  This global supertanker of military spending needs to be turned around, starting now.”


“Our Australian Defence Forces are increasingly embedded with the US forces, and the lack of an independent foreign and defence policy is clear to the world.  Some say the US Alliance keeps us safe, but this view doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.  Rather, the opposite is the case.  When we follow the US into its conflicts around the world, we create more enemies at every stage.  If we weren’t the US’s deputy sheriff, Australians would be more secure. An independent stance from Australia in the growing US-China conflict, for example, would do more to protect Australians, for less financial cost,”.