2018 announcement for Aug 6
Hiroshima Day 73rd Anniversary
August 6th 1945 at 8.10 am Hiroshima time the first atomic bomb was dropped in anger on this Japanese city and August 9 another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Almost instantly over 200,000 were killed by this most violent of weapons. For 73 years the people of the world and Australia have been calling for the destruction of this most horrible weapon. In 2018 there is still a long way to go!
There have been recent victories with the UN decision to sponsor a ban nuclear weapons treaty which was passed by 120 countries (Australia voted NO). In September of 2017 the number of countries that had ratified the treaty was 59.
The other victory was the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Melbourne inspired group ‘International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons’ (ICAN). The Australian Government has failed to acknowledge the great work of ICAN Australia and its success on the international stage. Contrast that with the praise (well deserved) heaped on the Australian divers who rescued the boys in the Thai cave recently.
As dawn breaks on August 6 2018 we still need to get Australia to sign the treaty and have us come out from the US nuclear umbrella and fight for a world free of nuclear weapons. Nuclear exchanges are still a possibility in many parts of the globe and we still need to have nuclear disarmament.
The Sydney Hiroshima Rally will held on Sat Aug 11 at 11 am Town Hall Square.
Put a Nuclear Free
World on the agenda
In 1945 nuclear bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing about 212,000 men, women, and children. This year, 72 years later, we have a historic opportunity as the great majority of United Nations members have developed a treaty to ban all nuclear weapons. This is particularly important since the improved missile systems developed under the Obama Modernisation Program and being escalated by Trump are now capable of instantly wiping out the Russian deterrent. All our hopes and plans for the future exist under the shadow of a catastrophic threat that could kill millions of people and destroy planet Earth. Although there are other threats, such as global warming, nuclear weapons are the greatest immediate danger confronting our species.
The only defense is
the abolition of
all nuclear weapons
To our shame, the Australian Government has boycotted the historic UN talks. But 84 percent of Australians want the government to support these efforts to ban nuclear weapons. Australia has joined treaties banning chemical and biological weapons, landmines and cluster munitions. Now it must help negotiate a Nuclear Weapons Convention. Australia lends bases, ports, and infrastructure for the United States nuclear war-fighting apparatus. Australia’s boycott calls into question our commitment not only to the UN but also to the 1968 nuclear non-proliferation treaty which obliges all member states to “pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to … nuclear disarmament”. Who will believe government claims to want peace and security if Australia actively undermines this historic effort?
Join us on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima to demand that
the Australian Government join the negotiations to ban the bomb forever