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Issue #1637      May 7, 2014

For independence and peace

The statement below was unanimously endorsed at the conclusion of the Independent and Peaceful Australian Network national conference in Canberra attended by over 100 participants, representing 50 different peace and community organisations from around Australia. Participants came from many different walks of life and ages ranging from 20 to 93 year old.

National Conference

Towards an Independent and Peaceful Australia, Canberra – 21-22 April

Concluding Conference Statement

“This first national conference of Independent and Peaceful Australia Network affirms our support for an independent Australian foreign policy as the most effective path for our country to build peace in the region.

“It is our view that Australia’s successive government policies of willingly following the US to wars, the stationing of US bases and troops on sovereign soil and the deeper integration of Australian foreign policies and military into the US war machine is a major threat to peace in the region.

“We’re concerned that Australia is complicit and actively involved in the US wars of aggression. We’re concerned with successive Australian governments’ subservience to foreign powers’ economic and military interests. We’re concerned that the financial costs of militarisation and engagement in foreign wars is a burden on our country that comes at the expense of people’s lives, welfare and the environment.

“Through recent decades we have witnessed a steady increase in the level of Australia’s military involvement with the US. We are concerned that Australian governments’ subservience and complicity in the US military Pivot into Asia-Pacific is increasing the threat of war, rather than building peace and security in the region.

“We are opposed to foreign military bases and the deployment of foreign troops and military in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. We are opposed to the integration of Australia’s foreign policies and military into the US plans.

“We want to live in Australia with an independent foreign policy, under which our country is free to choose what is truly in the best interest of peace in the world. We also recognise that a truly independent and peaceful Australia cannot be fully realised without a just treaty with Australia’s Indigenous people.”

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