Daily Archives: September 6, 2010

Veterans Speak Out against the Afghan War, Enoggera Barracks, 6 September

Media Release 6 September 2010

Speak Out against the Afghan War

at Enoggera Barracks, Brisbane

Concerned veterans will be conducting a public Speak Out against the Afghanistan War at the gates of the Enoggera Barracks, home to the 7th Brigade and one of the largest of Australian military bases,

from 12 noon Thursday 9 September 2010

The Speak Out will be hosted by Stand Fast, the national association of veterans opposing Australia’s engagement in the US led wars on Iraq and Afghanistan.

It will be supported by the Queensland Greens and other local antiwar activists.

“Open mike, the Speak Out will be an opportunity for citizens generally, and service and ex-service people in particular, to speak and hear the truth about the Afghanistan War,” said Speak Out organiser Graeme Dunstan of Peacebus.com.

“We veterans reckon the best thing we can do for Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan is to bring them home,”

said Stand Fast founder and veteran of East Timor, Hamish Chitts.

“Immediate and unconditional withdrawal is what we demand.”

“We cautiously support the Greens-ALP agreement to have a parliamentary debate about the Afghanistan War and note that the debate is nine years too late.

“The damage is done: nothing has been gained, our taxes have been squandered and the dead, Afghans, Australians, US and others, are forever dead.”

“Never again!” is what we veterans say,” said Chitts.

“As the Wikileaks make clear, the US military and the US government have lied consistently about the cause, conduct and progress of the Afghanistan war and successive Australian governments have repeated those lies to the Australian people like ventriloquist’s dummies. ”

“The bitter truth is that for all their killing power, there is no win to be had for the US military and their collaborators in Afghanistan. Just like Vietnam, there never was and never could be.”

“Our message to this season’s soldiers is this: Politicians lie and give not a damn about you. The only way to protect yourself and to protect your mates is to refuse to go to Afghanistan.”

“End the lies! End the wars! End the US Alliance!”

Media call: 12.30 pm Thursday 9 September.

Further information

Hamish Chitts, Stand Fast , 0401 586 923

Graeme Dunstan, Peacebus.com, 0407 951 688


Eyewitness account to Israel’s murder on the Gaza flotilla

Hi Palestine supporters,

Can you help?

We are very privileged to have two participants in the recent Free Gaza flotilla coming to speak at a special Justice for Palestine public forum on September 22nd.

The Australian media at the time unapologetically aired the doctored video footage released by the Israeli military. This is our chance to hear what really happened when the aid flotilla was attacked by Israeli forces.

Can you help to make this event as successful as possible?

Printed posters and leaflets will be available for collection at the Justice for Palestine meeting this Wednesday (6:30pm Sept 8th at the TLC building, 16 Peel st, South Brisbane). The flier is attached if you want to print some yourself. If you can help in any other way please email me or call me on 0410621884.

Thanks lots for that, your help is greatly appreciated.

Justice for Palestine Brisbane presents a fundraiser for Gaza

Eyewitness to Israels murder on the Gaza flotilla

Ahmed Talib was on the Mavi Marmara flotilla in June which attempted to break Israel’s siege on Gaza and deliver much needed aid to the province. Israeli commandos swept onto the boast , Killed 9 activists and shot Ahmed. He and Fellow flotilla participant Jerry Campbell will be talking about their experiences on the flotilla and how you can support the Palestinian cause. Donations will be taken and money raised will go toward the next flotilla.

Ahmed and Jerry will speak at:

12 noon Wednesday September 22nd

Room 342, Building 67, UQ St Lucia Campus


6:30pm Wednesday September 22nd

TLC building, 16 Peel st, South Brisbane