AABCC Press Release Index

2015

Draft media release July 3, 2015 Don't Be Yanked Into War Games

Don’t be yanked into war games” is the call of a protest to be held in Sydney’s CBD today to protest against the coming Talisman Sabre war games. “Talisman Sabre is a joint United States-Australian rehearsal for war that takes place every two years in Australia, primarily on the central coast of Queensland at Shoalwater Bay, north of Rockhampton,” said Nick Deane from Independent and Peaceful Australia (IPAN).

Media 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.

 

2014

August 18, 2014: AUSMIN 2014 – A ROAD MAP TO HELL Australian Anti-Bases Coalition & IPAN-NSW Statement

On 12 August 2014, the Australian Government hosted United States Secretary of State John Kerry and United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Sydney for the 2014 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultation (AUSMIN). AUSMIN covers military matters, foreign affairs and trade in the region.

Ignoring advice from prominent Australians that we are too ‘close to the US’, the Abbott Government engaged in more abject groveling. Former Prime Ministers Malcolm Fraser and Paul Keating and former Foreign Minister Bob Carr have all said that Australia’s interests are not served by servility to the US super power but require greater independence.

Press Release August 11, 2014: Ausmin Talks 2014 — expect to see Australia paying for entire cost of the Marines in Darwin

As dedicated watchers of the US-Australia alliance we expect that the Australia Government will agree to pay the entire cost of Marines in Darwin at the 2014 AUSmin talks. We have been campaigning against the stationing of US Marines in Darwin and have constantly been asking who will pay the bill? Said Denis Doherty of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition.

2013

23 August, 2013: Threat of US war launched from Australian soil

Australia could be the base for war waged by US Marines stationed in Darwin, according to a report recently released in Washington.

27 July: March of the Invisibles

The Invisibles, dressed in white and masked, symbolise the silent majority – the majority of men and women whose voices for peace and justice are ignored by both Labor and Liberal Governments.

11 May 2013: Peace Groups Condemn DWP

Peace groups have condemned the Federal Government’s Defence White Paper (DWP), released today, as a continuation of excessive military spending and continuation of outmoded thinking on defence and security.

2011

13 May 2011: Clayton's Cut for Defence


Confronted by a sustained campaign by peace groups around the country for a reduction in Australia's excessive military spending, and polls showing most Australians don't want more taxes going to defence, the Government is under pressure to tighten its military belt. However, if all we get is the $300 million over 3 years announced yesterday, the cut is a token gesture that won't deceive many taxpayers.

Bringing War To Our Doorstep

17 September 2011
A major peace group today condemned Defence Minister Smith’s announcement of greater access for US forces to Australian bases as risking bringing war to our doorstep.

All The Way With The USA - Again!

16 Sept 2011:
The AUSMIN talks between Defence Minister Smith and Foreign Minister Rudd with their US counterparts have underlined Australia’s policy of following the US lead wherever it goes. This is a modern variant of the Vietnam War era “all the way with LBJ” posture, a sycophantic position which is an insult to Australia’s independence.

Stephen Smith’s announcement on US troops to be stationed in Australia

15 Sept 2011
The annual AUSMIN talks between the Defence and Foreign Ministers of the United States and Australia are currently taking place in San Francisco.

Clayton's Cut for Defence

8 May 2011
Confronted by a sustained campaign by peace groups around the country for a reduction in Australia's excessive military spending, and polls showing most Australians don't want more taxes going to defence, the Government is under pressure to tighten its military belt. However, if all we get is the $300 million over 3 years announced yesterday, the cut is a token gesture that won't deceive many taxpayers.

Queensland recovery means Talisman Sabre war games must be cancelled.

23 January, 2011
Millions of dollars and military manpower hours earmarked for the US-Australian Talisman Sabre military exercises should be diverted to assist in the recovery and reconstruction of Queensland following the recent catastrophic floods, according to a letter from a major peace group sent to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.

2007:

New US War Base Condemned

15 February 2007
"We are appalled by the announcement that the Federal Government has secretly agreed to set up a new United States base at Geraldton in WA," Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition National Coordinator Denis Doherty said this morning.

Australia Part of New Global Anti-Military Bases Drive

"We´re delighted that Ecuadoran President Raphael Correa will open the International Conference for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases," said Denis Doherty, leader of the Australian delegation to the conference which opens in Quito on Monday, 5 March.

TS07: Hawai'ian activists in Australia for protests against US-Australian war games

15 June 2007
War is coming to Australian shores. Throughout June a US military force of 20,000 personnel complete with nuclear submarines, jet fighters and battleships will join with 13,000 Australian troops for the largest ever joint military exercises - Operation Talisman Sabre.

Welcome to Hawai'ian Indigenous leaders

18 June 2007
"We are delighted to welcome two important Hawaiian land rights activists to Sydney today," said Denis Doherty of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC).

New Australia-US military treaty condemned

5 Sept, 2007
The new military treaty between Mr. Howard and Mr. Bush will send a shudder of dread through the Asia-Pacific region with its message of greater belligerence, more spying, more war games and an arms build up.The new military treaty between Mr. Howard and Mr. Bush will send a shudder of dread through the Asia-Pacific region with its message of greater belligerence, more spying, more war games and an arms build up.

Nelson's Pine Gap revelations threaten Australia's economic security.

21 September 2007
The announcement by Defence Minister Brendan Nelson concerning Pine Gap's role simply underlines how the Howard Government acts in the interests of the US rather than Australia.

2006

Anti-Bases Activists honoured by Sydney Peace Foundation

22 March 2006.
Sydney University's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies have decided to honour well known Glebe couple, Hannah Middleton and Denis Doherty, with their inaugural community peace award.

Peace Protest at Richmond RAAF Base The Pine Gap, Richmond, Iraq connection

8 October 2006
"Surveys show that a majority of Australians are convinced that we should not be involved in the Iraq war," Denis Doherty, spokesperson for Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition Campaign (AABCC), said today.

Bush Space Policy about attack not defence.

19 October 2006
The new US space policy announced in the Australian media today is not about any benign objectives."; This policy is the work of a US who calls itself the ";masters of space".

Defence's $1billion extravagant excess!

15 December 2006
The Government's announcement today that it will inject $1 billion into the military is just extravagance. The need and reason for the $1 billion injection of funds into the military has not been established.

2005

Troops to Iraq - the act of a heartless Government

23 February 2005
Prime Minister Howard's decision to treble Australian troops in Iraq is a heartless act."The Government by sending troops to Iraq is obeying the call of the United States not the people of Iraq", said Denis Doherty of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign today.

Opening salvo against Talisman Sabre

June 10, 2005.
With banners and drums, peace campaigners will picket the Rockhampton military barracks (tent city), tonight at 5pm.

2004

Defend our future - don't waste it (Response to Defence Capability Plan)

4 February 2004
The decision to spend $50 billion on military equipment projects over the next ten years, outlined in the Federal Government's Defence Capability Plan released in Sydney today, is a price Australia cannot afford to pay, Denis Doherty, National Coordinator of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign (AABCC), said in Sydney today.

Australian PM Arrest Attempt

April 13, 2004
A 61-year-old anti-war protester tried to make a citizen's arrest on Mr Howard was leaving a community meeting at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club today where a small group of anti-war protesters had gathered.

Protests Promised Against New US Base

7 June 2004
Peace activists have attacked the Federal Government's support for yet another United States military base in Australia and pledged to organise protests against the base if it goes ahead.

More US Bases in Australia equals more insecurity

5 November 2004
"The Government by sending troops to Iraq is obeying the call of the United States not the people of Iraq", said Denis Doherty of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign today.

2003

Is Powell using Pine Gap to tell lies?

6 February 2003
"When the issue is the annihilation of Iraq and its people, we need to be confident that any evidence from the US can be trusted," Denis Doherty, National Co-ordinator of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign, said today.

Australia's complicity in war crimes

March 19, 2003
Defence Minister Hill's claims that Australia will fight 'clean' and under different rules to the otherwise aggressive and out-of-control US are not sufficient to exonerate the Australia Government from involvement in crimes against humanity as Australia goes to war against Iraq.

Proud of Opera House Protest

March 19, 2003
"Many members of the peace movement are proud of the two young men who painted NO WAR on the Sydney Opera House," Dr Hannah Middleton from the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC) said in Sydney this morning.

We support the troops by opposing this war

April 6, 2003
The fence around Richmond RAAF base was festooned today with anti-war messages on paper and cloth banners and placards, demands woven into the wire mesh and flowers everywhere.

More lies from PM Howard

5 August 2003
Peace groups reacted angrily to Prime Minister Howard's statement this morning (Darwin radio Mix 104.9) that Australia hasn't been approached yet about providing bases for US troops.

Crocodile 2003 Provocative and Destabilising

1 September 2003
"The Crocodile 2003 joint military exercise heralds the opening drumbeats of war on the Korean peninsula," said Denis Doherty, National Co-ordinator of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition.

"Not In My Name" - Crocodile Leads Anti-War Games Protest

2 September 2003
A peace loving crocodile will lead a protest against the Crocodile 2003 war gamesA peace loving crocodile will lead a protest against the Crocodile 2003 war games

Israel relies on Australia in war with Iraq

23 September 2002
Israeli Government sources have admitted that Australia will be involved on the side of Israel against Palestine and Iraq.

US Base in Darwin a threat to National Security

November 18, 2003
"A new United States military base or staging post in Darwin will undermine Australia's security and add even more to the already out of control Australian military budget," Denis Doherty, National Coordinator of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign (AABCC), said in Sydney today.

Australian Involvement in Missile Defence Under Attack

5 December, 2003.
"We are appalled by the Howard Government's decision to sign Australia up to the United States missile defence plans," Dr Hannah Middleton from the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC) said in Sydney this morning.

2002

"Not In My Name" - Crocodile Leads Anti-War Games Protest

2 September 2003
A peace loving crocodile will lead a protest against the Crocodile 2003 war gamesA peace loving crocodile will lead a protest against the Crocodile 2003 war games

US War base in Australia to be attacked

September 10, 2002
The involvement of Australia in the war on Iraq will be exposed next month when hundreds of protesters will descend on Pine Gap, the United States war base near Alice Springs.

Pine Gap Protest

20th September 2002
Groups from all around Australia will be converging on the United States war-fighting and spy base Pine Gap (near Alice Springs) over the weekend of October 5 - 7 this year.

Anti-war activists to enter Pine Gap

6 October 2002.
Members of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC) will this morning attempt to enter the United States war fighting base of Pine Gap near Alice Springs.

Pine Gap protesters heading home to NSW

7 October 2002
"The protest over the weekend of October 5-7 has been a stunning success" said Denis Doherty National Coordinator of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC).

RAAF decisions criticised in ABC documentary

20 November, 2002
"Australia cannot afford the expanded strategic strike and force projection capabilities required by the Government's commitment to interoperability with the United States and the so-called 'war on terrorism'," Denis Doherty, National Co-ordinator of Australian Anti-Bases Campaign, said in Sydney today.

Senator Hill's remarks on Pine Gap - ludicrous!

August 15, 2002
Senator Hill's remarks as he visits Pine Gap today are totally ludicrous and untruthful. Denis Doherty the national coordinator of Australian Anti-Bases Campaign and one of the main organisers of the demonstrations against Pine Gap in October said today

"Missile Defence" is really space warfare

18 Dec 2002"
This is the worst possible Christmas present President Bush could have given our troubled world. If the U.S. is allowed to move the arms race into space, there will be no return. Ultimately there will be war in space," says Dr Hannah Middleton, Stop Star Wars campaigner with the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign.

Bush call for STAR WARS Deployment to further DESTABILISE the WORLD

18 December 2002
The Bush administration call for deployment of a yet to be proven "missile defence" system by election time in 2004 is further evidence that security and safety are not their top priority. Instead high on their list are Bush's re-election, subsidies for the weapons corporations and increased destabilization of the global order.

2001

Missile Test Condemned

July 15, 2001
The National Missile Defence (NMD) test is the most devastating blow to world peace seen in recent years. The tests being held over the Pacific today, with a rocket fired from California and possibly intercepted by a missile from the Marshall Islands.