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Issue #1543      18 April 2012

New Peace Coalition launched

“The US military have brought disaster to both the Middle East and South Asia, and they are now eyeing up our part of the world for their next destructive adventure. Key decisions are being made without parliamentary debate or community consultation, and they risk souring our relations with other countries around the region, and ultimately plunging us into war,” said Professor Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, at the launch of a new peace coalition called Keep War from our Door – Wave of Hope (Wave).

The group was launched on April 17 at NSW Parliament House. The launch was timed to coincide with the Global Day of Action against Military Spending.

Professor Lynch was joined at the launch by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, Professor Stuart Rees from the Sydney Peace Foundation, academic Dr David Palmer, military historian Paul Ham and Jane Brock from the peace movement.

In its mission statement, Wave stresses that current Australian and US military arrangements are upsetting China and other regional states and urges co-operation to build an Indo-Pacific region based on friendship, trust and the peaceful resolution of disputes.

The coalition of anti-war, human rights, social justice and environment groups is challenging the Labor government’s decision to invite 2,500 troops to be permanently based in Darwin. US marines stationed in Darwin will increase Australia’s chance of being attacked.

Wave opposes the continuing military build-up in our home region, which threatens to bring war to our doorstep and calls on the nations of the Indo-Pacific to reduce their force levels and military spending.

Wave also stresses Australia’s positive history of involvement in global peace efforts such as the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and urges continuation of such efforts instead of the present rush to militarise the north of our country.

The CPA welcomes the new coalition and supports its determination to resist the new focus of US imperialism on our region, the militaristic stance of the Australian government and its subservience to the US, and the excessive military spending of the Australian government, making Australia the sixth largest spender on the military in the world.  

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