I concur with Maya about the need for Australia to …

Comment on Authorities underrated risk to Pine Gap, Alice of a nuclear strike by Jonathan Pilbrow.

I concur with Maya about the need for Australia to sign (and then ratify) the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The impact of a nuclear war would be catastrophic for human kind and all creatures. We must take the threat seriously. I encourage people to read the recent report put out by IPAN “Choosing Humanity, Why Australia must join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”.
Nuclear weapons are not safe in anybody’s hands.
The report makes a telling point that the former head of US Strategic Command (General James Cartwright) stated that it “might be possible for terrorists to hack into Russian or American command and control systems and launch nuclear missiles, with a high probability of triggering a wider nuclear conflict”.
We must rid the world of all nuclear weapons as soon as possible.

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Australian pathway through Pine Gap to nuclear ban treaty 
Thanks for posting such an important article, by Professor Tanter.
The issue of eliminating nuclear weapons, along with tackling climate change, are probably the two most significant issues facing humanity.
The Australian Government must take all necessary steps to ensure that we are in a position to sign on to the ban treaty and join in solidarity with all the other countries who have ratified the UN ban treaty.
Our futures and that of our children and grandchildren may depend on this.


Remembering nuclear past, imagining nuclear-free future
It was great to see a good number of people (around 35) come and join in the Hiroshima Remembrance Vigil this morning – in particular, it was great to have a number of students who are learning Japanese and their teachers. Look forward to building on this event for next year.


Remembering nuclear past, imagining nuclear-free future
Thanks for the comprehensive article, Kieran.
I look forward to the Peace Vigil on Tuesday morning, and hope it becomes a growing tradition in Alice Springs (and across the globe) each year as we remember the bombs of 1945 and declare “Never again”, as people across all walks of life come together to stand for peace and for our future.


Spying on park visitors: nothing to see here?
I was very aware of a camera’s presence last time I was out there. And AFP have approached in the past when I have driven into the Kuyunba Reserve area. I haven’t been out for a while. I can’t really see the need for AFP to approach people who are simply visiting Kuyunba, and have not gone past the “Turn Back” sign. With the camera (or cameras as others have probably rightly suggested) AFP staff could easily keep an eye on any suspicious activity, without making life uncomfortable for people who are out to enjoy nature.


Killerbots, guided by Pine Gap, same as any other weapon?
Thanks for this very informative article Kieran. The use of killer robots (or Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)) is most concerning – and something that all Australians should be concerned about.

I support the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, call for a ban on LAWS.

There is a global campaign to stop killer robots, and a campaign team here in Australia – who are seeking widespread support. We can all get involved in this.

https://safeground.org.au/what-we-do/campaign-to-stop-killer-robots/


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