Press release July 6, 2015.
Talisman Sabre a threat to the Reef
While the USS Antietam and other US Ships are berthing at Garden Island in Sydney Harbour to be part of the hold military exercises in and around the Great Barrier Reef. Talisman Sabre is being held in the southern most part of the Reef around Rockhampton this month. This area is the most damaged part of the reef.
“It is ironic that the day after Australia gets a strong warning to do more to protect the Reef, the Prime Minister is rejoicing in the presence of another country’s navy ships as they prepare to threaten the Reef. This exercise will cost around $100 million and is about the same as the amount spent on protecting the Reef.” Said Denis Doherty of the Anti-Bases Campaign.
“We ask how can exercises of many navy ships and submarines be of benefit to the ecology of the Reef? Does bombing, straffing and transporting of dangerous goods over the reef protect the Reef? A previous exercise dumped ammunition into the sea near the reef during a storm.
“We reject the use of the military for disaster relief and the sinister inclusion of civilian elements of this society in this exercise, it will mean that this society will be becoming more militarised.”
“This exercise is designed to increase tension with China with the inclusion of Japanese forces in the mix.
We call for an immediate cancellation of the exercise for the good of the Reef and this society.
We will hold an anti-Talisman Sabre demonstration outside the Defence Plaza Pitt St on Monday July 6 at 12 noon.
For more information
Contact Denis Doherty 0418 290 663