Communist Party members from two countries are working to cancel an important Australia/US annual military exercise.
15,000 US troops will join 8,000 Australian personnel for the exercise, run annually for several years.
According to the Communist Party of Australia’s Guardian
Military of both countries will be met by peace campaigners calling for the war games to be cancelled.
According to CPA organiser and National Coordinator of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, Denis Doherty
“Talisman Sabre will cost over $50 million in the midst of an economic crisis. We peace campaigners speak for the 70 percent of Australians who do not want more money spent on the military.
“The live-fire exercises practice invasions, they make Australia a greater target, they train our forces to take US orders, and they bomb unique and fragile locations on the edge of the irreplaceable Great Barrier Reef.
“Talisman Sabre is addressing threats that do not exist, while aggravating those that are rapidly advancing, including climate change, hunger, and crippling poverty.
“War and its preparation make these problems worse. Talisman Sabre should be cancelled,”
Peace campaigners are converging on the Rockhampton-Yeppoon area from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
The Communist Party of Australia has been active in the campaign against Talisman Sabre.
Members have helped with the organisation and some are travelling to Rockhampton. Branches in two states have contributed banners to hang at actions in Rockhampton.
The Party’s major contribution has been as the chief sponsor of a tour by US peace activist Judith Le Blanc, She is visiting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and will join the Peace Convergence in Rockhampton.
Judith LeBlanc is a Vice Chair of the Communist Party USA and is Chair of the Party’s Peace and Solidarity Commission.
She is the Organising Co-ordinator of United for Peace and Justice, the largest anti-war coalition in the USA, dominated since its founding by CPUSA, party offshoot Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and the almost equally as radical Democratic Socialists of America.