Unless public opinion is mobilised and nuclear abolition becomes a serious issue, nothing much will change globally. A citizens’ movement is needed to challenge the countries that possess the world’s suicidal, genocidal and ecocidal weapons and to put nuclear abolition at the top of the international political agenda.
The Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons was established by the Australian Government in 1995 to propose practical steps towards a nuclear weapons free world. It was later closed down. “A nuclear weapon free world can be secured and maintained through political commitment, and anchored in an enduring and binding legal framework,” The Commission stated.
Australia should contribute to the growing pressure to finally abolish all nuclear weapons.
All our hopes and plans for the future exist under the shadow of a catastrophic threat – one that could kill millions of people in a few moments and destroy civilisation. Although there are other threats, such as global warming, it is nuclear weapons that are the greatest immediate danger.
The only defence
Candlelight procession: 6pm cnr Elizabeth and Park Streets, City.
Public meeting: 7pm Heritage Room, 33 Mary Street, Surry Hills.
Speakers: Dr Marty Branagan (Lecturer in Peace Studies, University of New England)
Gary Zadkovich (Acting President, NSW Teachers Federation).
Readings: Rebecca Gilling.
Cultural items: Japanese drummers and dancers and the Trade Union Choir.
Mr Koichi Tsuchida, the Political Consul from the Japanese Consulate General in Sydney,
has accepted an invitation to attend the public meeting