Peace activists will congregate in Parramatta Square at noon on Friday April 15 as part of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), sponsored by the Geneva-based International Peace Bureau (IPB).
Activists from the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC) and the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) will gather signatures for one hour on a ‘Pop-Up’ petition, calling for the deal to purchase the F35 Joint Strike Fighter to be scrapped.
Model F35 Joint Strike Fighter
They will carry a model of the F35 – wall-papered with $100 bills – to illustrate the vast expense of this aircraft. Speakers, including Greens candidate Phil Bradley, will emphasise the manner in which all government programs are being cut back – with the single and notable exception of the Defence Budget.
Visiting the Minister
After collecting signatures for just one hour, they will deliver the signed originals to the Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, at her office in Macquarie Street, Parramatta.