Close the Bases

Close the Bases Stop the Exercises End the Wars

Up to 30,000* US and Australian troops will be practicing bombing, landing and raiding at Shoalwater Bay in Central Queensland – just north of Rockhampton- in the NT and in WA as part of Australia-US Joint Military Exercises Operation Talisman Sabre 2009 from JULY 6 – 26 this year.

The Peace Convergence is calling for peace action to take place throughout the war games in the Shoalwater region, throughout Queensland and around Australia. Join us in saying NO! to the practicing and waging of war.

When will TS09 be held?

Australian and US forces assigned to Talisman Saber 2009 will begin to concentrate from 6 July 2009. The period between the 6 – 12 July will be used to conduct workup and force integration training to allow the armed forces of Australia and the US to act as a single cohesive and coherent force. The live phase of the Exercise will conducted from 13 – 25 July 2009. Approximately 30,000 personnel from the Australian and US forces will be participating in TS09 although this number will fluctuate depending on tasks. This number includes the crews of the naval units and the personnel supporting military aircraft. In the lead up to TS09, a number of planning events and tasks will see an increase in military personnel in some areas around Australia.

Where will TS09 be held?

TS09 will be held at a number of different locations around Australia, primarily in Queensland, Northern Territory, and the Coral Sea. Key sites include the Australian Defence Force’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Townsville Field Training Area, Cowley Beach Training Area, Bradshaw Field Training area, Delamere Range Facility, and RAAF Bases Tindal, Darwin and Townsville. There will also be a number of support sites which will be used for staging and other activities including airports in Queensland and Northern Territory (RAAF Townsville, Rockhampton, Brisbane and RAAF Darwin); Port facilities in Queensland (Brisbane, Gladstone… Some info about TS09 @ )

What’s on in Brisbane:

Peace Convergence Working Bee and Meeting

Date:  Weds June 24 , 2009
Time: WORKING BEE 4pm-5:30
MEETING: 5:30 for 6pm – 7pm (hopefully no later!)
Place: Friends of the Earth Brisbane -294 Montague Road West End
Please bring something nibbly or drinky to share if possible!

Brisbane Peace Convergence WORKING BEE and MEETINGs will take place EVERY WEDS from now until the Peace Convergence.

More info: 0411 118 737

Brisbane Peace Convergence Banner Launch

Date: Thursday 25 June

Time: 11am

Place: Kangaroo Point

A crowd would help. Bring a placard, wear a hat for peace. Bring light refreshments. Tea will be served from the street cafe afterwards. Weather permitting.

Peace Convergence Banner Blessing

Date: Sunday 28 June

Time: 5pm

Place: St Mary’s in Exile at TLC- 16 Peel Street South Brisbane

Film Screening and Public Meeting

Film: Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War

Guest Speakers: Dr. Sue Wareham, OAM & Judith Le Blanc (more info below)

Date:   July 7, 2009 (Tues)

Time:  7pm

Place:  LHMU Building

27 Peel St

South Brisbane

(just 2.5 blocks from South Brisbane station)

Dr. Sue Wareham, OAM  President of Medical Association for the Prevention of War, the Australian affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

Judith Le Blanc: Native American activist & Organising Co-ordinator for the US peace group United for Peace and Justice.  Judith will be in Australia to support the campaign to stop US –Australia war games.

What’s on in Shoalwater Region:

July 3-5 Committed 2 Change Festival @ Byfield
July 6-26 Autonomous Nonviolent Actions & MLK House of Nonviolence

July 10-12 Peace Convergence Weekend – Rockhampton, Qld

weekend events and activities include:

  • supporting NAIDOC DAY in Rockhampton July 10
  • Public Meeting July 10 @ Rockhampton
  • Candlelight Vigil @ Rocky July 11
  • The World’s Largest Hokey Pokey Challenge July 11
  • Rasayana gig Yeppoon July 11
  • Beachside Peace Concert July 12 @ Yeppoon
  • Peace Parade
  • Barracks Blockades plus more

Want to come up to Rocky?

Rockhampton Caravan Park
Rockhampton Caravan Park

Book for Rockhampton camping: Copy and paste the following into an email and send to
Phone Number:
How many are you booking for? ____

The caravan park is called Riverside Tourist Park and is $7/night per person.

If you would like more information contact:
Robin Mobile: 0411118737

For Transport from SEQ (Paul): Mobile: 0403 666 547

For Transport or info from other regions see contacts list below.

Get involved!
We need YOU to make this year’s Peace Convergence a success! Join us in coordinating peaceful action in the Shoalwater area or in your own region.  Why not help with:

  • media – join the media collective
  • props – banners/placards, lanterns (for candlelight vigil) etc
  • food and/or kitchen utensils, pots & pans etc for Food not Bombs (drop off at Friends of the Earth, 294 Montague Rd, West End, Brisbane or at the Peace Convergence [Riverside Tourist Park] in Rockhampton)
  • Distribute posters & flyers. Download the poster or flyer from the website
  • making a donation

Make a donation!

Donations can be made to:
Brisbane Anti-Bases Coalition
PO Box 5829 West End Qld 4101
or deposited into Brisbane Anti-Bases Coalition account:  BSB 803140 a/c no. 23154672

If you would like more information contact the person in your city/region:
Brisbane (and anywhere else not listed):
Robin Taubenfeld
Mobile: 0411118737
Transport from SEQ (Paul): mobile 00403 666 547
Jessica Morrison
Mobile: 0431519577
Denis Doherty
Mobile: 0418290663
Treena Lenthall
02 6684 0015
Nina Boddenberg
02 6689 1441

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  1. Catholic Workers to Resist Military Excercise says:

    Catholic Workers to Resist Military Excercise & Af/Pak War

    Talisman Sabre 09
    is a biennial exercise that involves 20,000 U.S. & 7,000 Australian troops, fighter jets and warships, it is taking place in July in central Queensland, Australia.
    Australian complicity in the U.S. war on the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan includes the present deployment of 600 Australian (SAS, Special Ops and infantry) troops in Afghanistan, detention in Australia of Afghani refugees fleeing the war and daily targeting information for U.S. bombardment coming from the U.S. N.S.A Pine Gap near outback Alice Springs.

    Long time Australian Catholic Worker peace activists Jim Dowling and Ciaron O’Reilly are preparing to travel to the Talisman Sabre exercises in central Queensland, Australia to carry out nonviolent resistance to the war machine they see killing again in Afghanistan.

    O’Reilly and Dowling first met in custody in 1978 during the anti-nuclear/ civil liberties struggles under the corrupt and authoritarian Joh Bjelkle Petersen Queensland government. By 1982 they were living and working at the Catholic Worker community in West End Brisbane and have since carried out nonviolent resistance together to nuclear war preparations, the war on East Timor and in the opening days of the war on Afghanistan.

    Jim Dowling presently works and lives outside of Brisbane on the Peter Maurin Catholic Worker farm with his wife Anne and their seven children. He was one of the Christian Against All Terrorism group that broke into the secretive U.S. N.S.A. Pine Gap base near Alice Springs html to carry out a citizen’s inspection during the recent war on Iraq.

    Ciaron O’Reilly spent a year in U.S. prisons as one of the ANZUS Ploughshares convicted of damaging a B52 Bomber in New York on the eve of George Bush Sr.’s war in 1991. O’Reilly was also part of the Pitstop Ploughshares arrested in Ireland in 2003 and charged with $2 1/2 million damage to another U.S. war plane en route to George Bush Jr.’s invasion of Iraq. The group was acquitted of all charges unanimously by an Irish jury in 2006.

    O’Reilly stated, “Talisman Sabre is a $250 million exercise in futility. Talisman Sabre is not a game or an exercise it is a fantasy – a war theatre with no civilians! Most of those being killed by American, Australian and Pakistan militaries are innocent civilians, most fatalities have been women and children. The Af/Pak War is presently escalating and expanding. These Talisman Sabre exercises are siginificant preparations for more killing.

    The Australian involvement in the war on Afghanistan is now eight years old. U.S. and Pakistani military involvement stretches back over 30 years, from arming and funding the Taliban to now attempting to destroy their own creation with an expanded war against the Pushtun people of northern Pakistan and southern Afghanistan. Ten Australian troops, hundreds of British and U.S. soldiers and thousands of Afghani civilians have been killed, millions of Afghanis and Pakistanis have been made homeless or forced to flee into exile.

    Talisman Sabre occurs at a time of major escalation in the war under the Obama and Rudd administrations. The Australian military has a long history of running off to American wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan that have nothing to do with the defense of Australia. By killing more civilians, with the hi tech war machine on display at Talisman Sabre, we will be creating more terrorism and terrorists. It is important to put our bodies on the line in nonviolent resistance to this deadly cycle”

    *Grana, 12, is the sole survivor of a coalition bombing in southern Helmand province that took her arm and her leg, and killed nine members of her family

    *Background on Jim Dowling

    *Background on Ciaron O’Reilly
    -Enough Rope interview with Andrew Denton
    -wikipedia‘ Reilly

    Ciaron O’Reilly

    “The poor tell us who we are,
    The prophets tell us who we could be,
    So we hide the poor,
    And kill the prophets.”
    Phil Berrigan

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