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Issue #1559      8 August 2012

Hiroshima Day 2012

ADELAIDE: Members of the Port and West Adelaide Branches of the CPA marked Hiroshima Day 2012 with another banner drop in their district – this time from the Jervois Bridge at Glanville. The banner calling for an end to uranium exports out of Port Adelaide has particular relevance given confirmation that Australian uranium was used in the crippled reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The people of Japan have suffered considerably from their government’s obsession with nuclear power and still live with the awful legacy of the dropping of US atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War Two. Australia’s uranium exports are enabling the proliferation of nuclear weapons with exports to India set to free up other resources for that country’s nuclear weapons program.


Comrades in Adelaide hang a banner over Jervois Bridge.


PERTH: In Western Australia Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day was commemorated at the James Street Amphitheatre with speeches and special screenings of the animated Japanese movie Nausicaa – which presents a post apocalyptic vision of the world after a nuclear paradigm gone wrong and contains references to a struggle for peace, the activists who fight for it and the toxic effects on plant and animal life. There was also a screening of the original 1950s’ movie of Godzilla demonstrating how nature points out the folly of man. Perennial anti-nuclear and peace activist Jo Vallentine addressed the gathering on the example of the reactor failure at Fukushima and the radioactivity which escaped into the water and atmosphere and continues to plague the surrounding region. Other speakers included anti nuclear activist Mia Pepper who called for a mine closure plan for the one uranium mine still going ahead at Wiluna in the state’s northeast as the significant cost of closing down and remediating the site should not be born by the state. The final speaker was Nic Broderick, an associate professor in media at Murdoch University, who spoke of the traumatic effects on the survivors of the nuclear holocaust at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


SYDNEY: Participants in the commemoration in Hyde Park on Sunday August 5 enjoyed a lively performance by Japanese dancers Soran & Taiko and music by the Debbie Tennant. The main speakers were Greens MP and uranium spokesperson Jamie Parker, NSW President of the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union Rita Mallia, Denis Doherty from the Anti Bases Campaign and retired Russian colonel Valery Yarynych. Welcome to Country was given by Aboriginal Elder Millie Ingram.


Sentiment at the rally in Sydney was clear.

Jamie Parker said, “we need to build on the campaign – not just against nuclear weapons, but the campaign against the nuclear cycle.” Nuclear energy is being pushed as environmentally friendly. Denis Doherty said, “The major parties are keen on giving welfare to the arms corporations. We want the money spent her on good things. We don’t want another Hiroshima.” Valery Yarynych was involved in the missile crisis in 1962. He said we must act, “to remove a finger from the trigger, reduce the launch readiness of all missiles. And then, to move more firmly on the path of deep cuts in nuclear arsenals.”  

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