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.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore issues a call for peace on the 70th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki.
The Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s Statement:
"Wars bring an unnecessary and tragic waste of life. We are very fortunate to be living in such peaceful times.
"It is important that we continue to remember the terrible toll paid by so many people, including so many innocent civilians, during the Second World War.
"Seventy years ago, the people of Hiroshima were devastated by the atomic bomb. I sincerely hope that we never see a return to that kind of destruction and loss."
The Hiroshima Day committee welcomes the Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s statement on this most shocking of anniversaries. We all need to be more active for peace that includes all levels of Government. We congratulate Clover on her insight and courage on speaking up.
It is natural that the Sydney Lord Mayor recognizes the importance of this day as many of her residents have been marching and protesting for nuclear disarmament for over 40 years without missing a single commemoration over the years said Dr. Hannah Middleton of the Hiroshima Committee
Sydney is also the only place in Australia to issue an International Peace Award which the Lord Mayor has supported for many years.
For more information contact
Hiroshima Committee — Dr Hannah Middleton 0418 668 098
Lord Mayor's office — Jonathon Larkin Senior Communications Officer 0477 310 149
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