Anti-Bases Anti-Nuclear Letter to Australian Politicians

To Senators Penny Wong and Nick Xenophon

Thursday, 6 October 2016

 

The Hon Penny Wong

Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate

c/- Parliament House Canberra

 

Dear Senator Wong,

Re:  the support of Scott Ludlam’s motion re: a ban on nuclear weapons

 

Australia is in a unique position to urge the major nuclear states to desist from the use, the threatened use and the stockpiling of nuclear weapons as it has no weapons of its own.  Australia when led by Labor has had a good reputation in promoting peace and justice around the world.  This reputation built up by Labor is being trashed by the government so why support them on nuclear weapons?  Labor organised and promoted the Canberra Commission where we as a nation played a part in urging the reduction if not elimination of such weapons.  Labor stood up to the US over the use of the MX missiles in our area.  Australia played a part in the banning of land mines and chemical weapons why can’t we play a part in banning nuclear weapons?  Surely the action of around 116 countries around the world is sufficient to convince you to get with the strength and vote against nuclear weapons.

 

We draw your attention to a quote by Paul Dibb a well-respected Australian defence expert who was even used in preparing the last white paper on defence.

 

Paul Dibb, “We judged, for example, that the SS511 ICBM site at Svobodny in Siberia was capable of one million instant deaths and 750,000 radiation deaths on Sydney. And you would not have wanted to live in Alice Springs, Woomera or Exmouth – or even Adelaide.” –

“America has always kept us in the loop”, The Australian, 10 September 2005.

 

I am sure that you do not welcome the threat that Adelaide is under from nuclear weapons as you represent that city and state and your partner and child live there.  We ask humbly are you prepared to accept a million instant deaths and 750,000 radiation deaths in Sydney?  If so could you inform the people of Sydney that is what you are prepared to accept in order to keep nuclear weapons?  As our group is Sydney-based we are not very happy to be a target of nuclear weapons.

 

As a young man I lived in Alice Springs when the then Foreign Minister Bill Hayden informed the citizens of Alice Springs that they were a nuclear target.  It galvanised the town and led to Alice Springs having the biggest peace group in Australia.

 

I visited Exmouth in the 80’s where even the ‘checkout staff’ were fatalistic and said things like ‘well at least we’d go quickly’.  This is not the positive Australians that the Labor party wants us to be or is it?

 

We are not asking much just that you inform the people of Sydney, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Exmouth that their lives are the price you are prepared to pay to support nuclear weapons.

 

We ask that you inform Opposition Senators to support the Ludlam motion when it comes up in the near future.

 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

 

The Hon Nick Xenophon

Senator for South Australia and leader of the Xenophon Team

c/- Parliament House Canberra

 

Dear Senator Xenophon,

Re:  the support of Scott Ludlam’s motion re: a ban on nuclear weapons

 

Australia is in a unique position to urge the major nuclear states to desist from the use, the threatened use and the stockpiling of nuclear weapons as it has no weapons of its own.  Australia has had a good reputation in promoting peace and justice around the world.  This reputation built up over the years is being trashed by the government so why support them on nuclear weapons?  Australia organised and promoted the Canberra Commission where we as a nation played a part in urging the reduction if not elimination of such weapons.  Australia played a part in the banning of land mines and chemical weapons why can’t we play a part in banning nuclear weapons?  Surely the action of around 116 countries around the world is sufficient to convince you to get with the strength and vote against nuclear weapons.

 

We draw your attention to a quote by Paul Dibb a well-respected Australian defence expert who was even used in preparing the last white paper on defence.

 

Paul Dibb, “We judged, for example, that the SS511 ICBM site at Svobodny in Siberia was capable of one million instant deaths and 750,000 radiation deaths on Sydney. And you would not have wanted to live in Alice Springs, Woomera or Exmouth – or even Adelaide.” –

“America has always kept us in the loop”, The Australian, 10 September 2005.

 

I am sure that you do not welcome the threat that Adelaide is under from nuclear weapons as you represent that city and state.  We ask humbly are you prepared to accept a million instant deaths and 750,000 radiation deaths in Sydney?  If so could you inform the people of Sydney that is what you are prepared to accept in order to keep nuclear weapons?  As our group is Sydney-based we are not very happy to be a target of nuclear weapons.

 

As a young man I lived in Alice Springs when the then Foreign Minister Bill Hayden informed the citizens of Alice Springs that they were a nuclear target.  It galvanised the town and led to Alice Springs having the biggest peace group in Australia.

 

I visited Exmouth in the 80’s where even the ‘checkout staff’ were fatalistic and said things like ‘well at least we’d go quickly’.  Is this the positive Australians that your party wants us to be?

 

We are not asking much just that you inform the people of Sydney, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Exmouth that their lives are the price you are prepared to pay to support nuclear weapons.

 

We ask that you inform your team to support the Ludlam motion when it comes up in the near future.