Tag Archives: Pine Gap

Stop spending billions on warfare and put healthcare first

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

On 23 March 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire. We call on the Australian Government to support the UN Secretary General’s call, writes The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN). FULL STORY »

Ask Pine Gap for help to stop breach of COVID rules: Lambley

MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley (pictured) says the space base has “geo surveillance” facilities that can detect people breaching mandatory quarantine by going to biosecurity designated areas on remote bush tracks, avoiding police roadblocks. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA.

 

UPDATE 11.30am April 11 Mrs Lambley says the Police Commissioner responded saying that essentially they have this problem under control and it is not a big as what people say.mHe did not comment on the idea of working with Pine Gap to provide more comprehensive surveillance. FULL STORY »

US Marines Rotation postponed, but what about Pine Gap?

There is no such clarity on the movements of personnel in and out of Pine Gap, although on the face of it incoming personnel should be going into mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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Does non-citizen travel ban apply to US personnel at Pine Gap?

 

 

Department of Defence has not provided a clear answer to the question. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

UPDATED 2.44pm.

 

UPDATE 4.03pm. FULL STORY »

Incoming Pine Gap personnel to self-isolate like everyone else

 

 

They are “subject to the same checks and requirements imposed by the Australian Border Force as all other international arrivals,” says a Department of Defence spokesperson. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

War on Iran must be prevented

 

Concerned locals last Saturday joined a Global Day of Protest on the heightened risk of a US war with Iran, following the arguably illegal assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad in early January. The killing was ordered by US President Donald Trump and carried out by a US drone. Comment by JONATHAN PILBROW FULL STORY »

Defence industry to Alice: get a slice of the action

$20 billion over 20 years, $8 billion of that within the decade, will be spent on the defence industry in the NT, but how much of that in Central Australia? And what kind of activity is involved? KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

 
UPDATED, 22 November 2019, 4.30pm: What’s happening at Jindalee?

 

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Pine Gap: The link Alice has to Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds

 

“We have agreed to nest the Pine Gap facility just outside this town. We are involved in the geopolitical drama as much, or even more than any other citizens of Australia. And yet we cannot question this relationship of trust. Is the United States still trustworthy?” Craig San Roque poses the question. He is portrayed as a Senior Territorian by Henry Smith.

 

UPDATE Oct 16, 9.15am: This is a comment from Jules Cashford, a colleague in the UK and contributor to the forthcoming book  Cultural Complexes and the Soul of America. FULL STORY »

Authorities underrated risk to Pine Gap, Alice of a nuclear strike

 

In a new book, Project Rainfall,  well known author TOM GILLING  tells the story of Pine Gap from its genesis in the Cold War  to its modern role as a weapon in the American ‘war on terror’. This extract focusses on the early 1980s, when the world was closer to nuclear war than at any time since the end of the Second World War, and on the risk to Australia from the presence of the so-called  ‘joint facilities’. FULL STORY »

Australian pathway through Pine Gap to nuclear ban treaty 


 
‘A careful examination of precisely what Pine Gap does shows there is a viable pathway in the most important of its nuclear-related activities for Australia to become compliant with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, without necessarily disrupting its alliance with the United States,’ writes RICHARD TANTER. The Alice Springs News publishes this piece on Hiroshima Day, remembering the catastrophe of the first atomic bomb dropped on that Japanese city on 6 August 1945. FULL STORY »