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Issue #1834      August 8, 2018


Ban nuclear weapons

Hiroshima Day 2018

Saturday August 11

Rally, 11am Town Hall Square

March 12.30 pm to Hyde Park

Speakers: Well known peace worker from the USA Joseph Gerson and Australia Nobel Peace Prize winner Tilman Russ from ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons).

A Nielsen poll in April 2014 showed that 84 percent of Australians want the government to join international efforts to ban nuclear weapons. There is also significant political support: more than 100 Australian parliamentarians have signed ICAN’s parliamentary appeal for a nuclear weapons ban. In 2016 close to 50 international lawyers in Australia wrote to the defence minister calling for an end to the policy of “extended nuclear deterrence”.

Faith communities are often at the forefront of campaigns for social justice. More than 50 faith-based groups have endorsed an Interfaith Appeal calling on the Australian government to support and participate in the United Nations negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons in 2017. High-profile Australians are joining the chorus with a Celebrity Appeal in support of a ban.

More than 800 recipients of the Order of Australia signed an ICAN appeal to the prime minister to support a global ban on nuclear weapons. Signatories include writer Bryce Courtenay, gardener Jamie Durie, publisher Ita Buttrose, Olympian Liz Ellis and three former prime ministers. The appeal read:

“There is a growing consensus among world leaders on the urgent need to abolish nuclear weapons. The increasing risks of nuclear weapons proliferation and use in our region and beyond mean there has never been a more important time for Australian initiative and leadership in global efforts to free the world from nuclear weapons.”

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