Thales – c640–546? b.c., Greek philosopher, born in Miletus.
Thales – the weapons manufacturer – is owned by the Government of France, by Dassault Aviation, and employee share ownership.
In June 2021 a military expo is coming to Brisbane. This is supported by the Queensland government and the Australian Army but mostly by the arms industry corporations like Thales, Raytheon, Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions that make bullets and armoured cars in Maryborough.
The Land Forces Expo ’21 will run from 1-3 June at the Brisbane Convention Centre in South Brisbane.
Show of Military Might in Brisbane
Nearly 50 years ago a similar show of military might hit the streets of Brisbane supported by another conservative government led by Bjelke-Petersen. On the 3rd December 1977 the largest display of military might since WWII ploughed up Queen Street. Tanks rolled down the street, dozens of military aircraft flew overhead, hundreds of troops marched before clapping crowds. This was a celebration of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee organised by showman and entrepreneur Harry M Miller.
Different government same policy
Within a couple of hours 210 people were arrested only 50 metres away trying to march out King Geroge Square for democratic rights. Here is some archival sound and vision of that event. Here is a brief description of Harry M Miller’s Queen’s Silver Jubilee on 3 Dec 1977 in Queens Street, Brisbane . Thousands of troops blocked the streets for two and a half hours.
Only two hours later and a block away, there was a march for democratic rights by 3,000 trade unionists and citizens. 210 people were arrested by 700 police forming a blockade in Albert Street. The narrators are Leslie Mannison and Ian Curr from the Civil Liberties Co-ordinating committee and the video of the event can be found at https://youtu.be/tt6rBYcVOKI