Australian news, and some related international items

This month

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of the week

ANZAC Peace Coalition   Peace in Australia- the untold story -

Honest History

‘Reimagining Peace: the Art of Protest’


Naomi Klein Disagrees with James Hansen on Nuclear Power


more detail  on  these at Action Australia and  Event details « Antinuclear



 February 28 – March 1st 2015   – New York  – Symposium – The Dynamics of  Possible Nuclear Extinction. Learn more at Action New York 2015 

 Anzac Centenary 2015 – Peace Movement in Australia – theme for December 2014

A Coalition of Citizens and Organizations calling for a national conversation
on Australia’s identity and the place of war in its past and future We do not believe that Australia as a nation was born in war. We honour all Australians who have died and
suffered in war, and respect the contribution and suffering of their families and loved ones.
We appreciate that many young Australians died and were wounded at Gallipoli. We deeply regret the tragic
loss of life in the killing fields of the First World War. This and other wars have had terrible consequences
not only for the soldiers but for their loved ones and descendants, and for Australian society generally. The experience of war encourages us to redouble our efforts in peacemaking and peacebuilding.
We believe that Australia should not in future be involved in wars at the behest of ‘great and powerful
friends’. Australia, like all other countries, must abide by the UN Charter which stipulates that force may be used in only two circumstances: in self-defence or in operations authorised by the United Nations.

We wish to celebrate a story of Australia as a nation which:
• brought together peacefully six colonies in one Federation;
• pioneered universal suffrage for all including women, and brought in the eight hour day and the living
• since 1945, has welcomed 6.5 million migrants seeking a new life;
• has successfully shaped a multicultural, multifaith community;
• has supported humanitarian projects and UN peace missions.
Much remains to be done to: officially recognise the violent colonisation of this land and resolve the troubled
relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians; strengthen Australian multiculturalism;
constructively engage with the peoples of Asia and the South Pacific; warmly welcome refugees and asylum
seekers; actively support the United Nations and its programs; and promote peace with justice for all.
To this end we propose to:
• mount and support a range of community reflection and education programs;
• provide appropriate resources for teachers and students;
• make representations to governments and members of parliament;
• contribute to an informed public debate in religious, ethnic and mainstream media as well as social
media; and
• advocate the establishment of new institutions, including a peace museum and a government agency
dedicated to disarmament, mediation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
The Coalition includes:
Australian Christian Student Movement (ASCM); Borderlands Cooperative Limited; Brigidine Sisters,
Kildara Centre; Derek McDougall; Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign; Lorel Thomas; Medical
Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW); Pace e bene Australia, Inc; Pax Christi Victoria; Philippine
Caucus for Peace; Rev Ian Smith; Soka Gakkai International Australia (SGIA); The Melbourne Unitarian
Peace Memorial Church; Victorian Council of Churches (VCC); Jeff Wild




  1. Imagine a planet where our families were very moderate in size – we wouldn’t be using as much energy in total and could leave some energy for the next generation.

    Comment by L Hunter | September 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thank you, L. Hunter.
    I totally agree with you – the goal would be moderation in human numbers, as well as moderation in the way we live, and consume the Earth’s resources.
    I read recently of someone’s suggestion that “the best tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the condom”

    Comment by Christina MacPherson | September 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. I’d have to admit that my views have been influenced by the information put out by the ‘independent’ radio and television broadcasters and by the institutes you have mentioned.
    I feel that I have made a conscious effort to become better educated on the issue of nuclear power but if our public broadcasters and institutes are not providing unbiased information on the issue then where else do I go?
    I personally think the case for nuclear power is strong but I am now wary that I may not have been presented with all the relevant information.

    Comment by MattSmith | January 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Australia’s public broadcasters are not doing such a bad job, by world standards. Of course they find trivia, sensationalism, and overly sentimental topics are more popular than serious matters. And of course, they find it easier to just use the media releases that pour out from industry and government.

      Still, one can find very fair and informative stuff in Australia’s mainstream media – (eg. The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Courier Mail), just that it’s likely to be on about page 7 of the newspaper, or on TV or radio at an unfriendly time (e.g ABC’s Lateline). Also, journalists aren’t always resourced (or inclined) to spend time at the “coal-face” or rather, the “uranium-face” – some topics just not covered.

      All coupled with Australians, (including journalists’) extraordinary reverence for the opinions of “hard” scientists, (nuclear physicists, like Ziggy Switkowski,) compared to their scepticism about “soft” scientists, ( ecologists, environmental scientists like Mark Diesendorf, or Prof Ian Lowe)

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  4. A message we get from the media is that Nuclear power is the only way to provide full-scale baseload power.

    Rarely do Nuclear power proponents mention REDUCING or ELIMINATING the gargantuan full-scale waste of power.


    millions of burning electric lights on bright sunny days, eccentric eclectic electric doors opening for any people/objects passing by and often not coming in, almost countless numbers of devices chewing up electricity in standby power-buy mode, dinosaur toasters and dinosaur ovens run on days that a solar oven could do the job, shop “background” subliminal propaganda programming music and video feeds, hair dryers when extreme water wasteful cotton for towels is unused or discarded in frantic frenzy, “boom box” speaker earthshakers human-attempted earthquakers, electric air conditioning to cool those already overflowing with excessive cold-weather-survival calories, grid iron heaters instead of exercise + no-restrictive-nicotine + no-depressive-alcohol + comfortable clothes in winter.

    The True Cost on my electric bill at home is ONE KILOWATT $0.25 per day, but outside of home, and due to waste society, is probably an order of magnitude (10 times) greater at a minimum.


    “To Waste is a Crime.”

    Comment by NoNukes Australia | March 3, 2010 | Reply

  5. I have a query regarding using some material on your website, and getting permission from you to do so. Could you please contact me by email, and I will send you the details?

    Comment by Debbie Gallagher | July 23, 2012 | Reply

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