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IPAN Victoria Rally for Peace! William Briggs

July 4th Rally for Peace - No War with China – No Australian Involvement in U.S. wars

William Briggs spoke as a member of IPAN (Victoria) at the 4 July rally held in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market.

July 4 rally 10_Melb.jpg - 87.23 KBChina is not a threat! The US might declare China to be an enemy, a threat and a nation that must be confronted. Our government might be just as belligerent, but it doesn’t make it so. At the same time, the media have been doing all in their power to whip up an anti-China hysteria.

The rally slogan is No war on China!  How did China become the enemy? How did we get here? Just seven years ago Xi Jinping was addressing the Australian parliament about the benefits of goodwill, friendship, and free trade and yet today just 16 per cent of Australians have any confidence that China will behave responsibly in the world and 90 per cent are concerned about China’s military activities.

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Honest Government Ad | Hotel Quarantine & Vaccines

The Australian Government has made an ad about its hotel quarantine and vaccines policies, and it’s surprisingly honest and informative. This video came from Juice Media.

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IPAN Victoria Rally for Peace! Fiona McCandless

Why Peace and Justice is Union Business – No War On China

Fiona was a speaker representing HACSU (Health & Community Services Union) at the 4 July rally held in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market.

Fionna_M.jpg - 87.09 KBWorkers and working people are the main casualties of wars. Our Defence Force personnel are workers in uniform, and while they bear the brunt of the trauma on the battlefields, working-class communities at home also bear the consequences of this trauma. Trauma breaks up children's families and homes; our public health systems pick up the pieces but still, too often, lives end in tragic circumstances.  Trauma is what HACSU members deal with every day in the course of their work.  It is something we want to put an end to, not to create through unnecessary war.

HACSU members work in the Disability and Mental Health sectors. Our members have a large part to play in the emotional and physical recovery from war due to this injury and trauma.  War Veterans are 3 times more likely to have psychological distress, and are around 10 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts (1). It is unfair to put this strain on our military men and women, and on our already fractured healthcare system.

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IPAN Victoria Rally for Peace! Warren Winton

End Australia's Involvement in US-led wars; No war with China

Warren was a speaker representing Spirit of Eureka - Victoria at the 4 July rally held in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market.

Warren_W.jpg - 70.83 KBI would like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet today, and pay my respects to their Elders past and present. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.

Both Liberal and Labor are fixated on the idea that the US will defend Australia if we are attacked. They invoke the ANZUS Treaty as binding insurance, however, this agreement only provides for “consultation” in the event of an attack, rather than automatic military assistance. Indeed, the US has repeatedly stated that they reserve the right to take military action only when “… the interests of the USA… ” are threatened. (Ratted on the Kurds when Turkey attacked!)

Both Liberal and Labor hope to get around this inconvenient fact by ingratiating themselves to US governments by regurgitating almost every US foreign policy position and action.

Subsequently, Australian forces have followed US commands into Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, and are training pro-US repressive regimes in Indonesia and the despicable, repressive Duterte regime in the Philippines. None of these countries has ever threatened Australia. If defending “freedom and democracy” is the criteria, what about our neighbours in West Papua, Myanmar, and the Philippines?!

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Oppose the US Drums of Wars!

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