The US-controlled communications facility at Pine Gap is an essential component of the United States war-fighting machine. 2016 marks 50 years since the agreement that brought it into existence was signed, making this a time to bring it back into public discussion.
A public seminar,
arranged by the Independent Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) and the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC), to discuss:
With the spread of global terrorism and tensions rising in the China Seas and Eastern Europe, it is time for Australians to start talking seriously about our alliance with the United States and whether or not we, the people, are willing to accept a global situation of ‘perpetual war’.
All day 10.00am to 3.00pm,
Sunday September 11, 2016
12, Railway Street
(Easily accessible from Lidcombe Railway Station. On-site parking available)
Speakers will include:-
a Brisbane-based barrister, outspoken critic of the Australia/US alliance and frequent contributor to the journal ‘Near Eastern Outlook’. He will speak on the topic
“The South China Sea; Australia and the wider geopolitical context.”
Dr Emily Howie
a Melbourne-based academic specializing in Australian foreign policy at the Human Rights Law Centre. Her title is
“Targeted killing using drones in a secret war, what we know about Australia’s involvement and possible legal implications for Australia.”
Dr Vincent Scappatura
a Sydney-based academic with a special interest in the US ‘pivot’ to the Asia Pacific Region. His topic
“The perils of the US alliance.”
The seminar is an opportunity for Sydney-siders to inform themselves about these vitally important issues, that will be receiving further attention at IPAN’s third national conference, to take place in Alice Springs on October 2.