The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

Brisbane protest


SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 6.00-8.00 PM, Andy McNeill Room, Alice Springs Town Council (Gap Rd)

Peace Pilgrims put Pine Gap on Public Trial

Six ‘peace pilgrims’ are facing seven years in jail for entering Pine Gap in order to lament war and pray for peace
The Pine Gap Joint Defence Facility will be in the spotlight in Alice Springs, and around the country this week as six ‘peace pilgrims’ who last year entered Pine Gap in order to lament war and pray for peace, are now facing trial in the Alice Springs Supreme Court. The six face a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.
Expert witnesses are travelling to Alice Springs to testify in the Pine Gap ‘peace pilgrims’ trial.These experts are headlining a public forum on Sunday 19th November.
Come along to learn more about the role of Pine Gap and why six activists are on trial and face 7 years in jail.  The speakers at the Forum are:
Prof. Richard Tanter, Melbourne University/Nautilus Institute/ICAN Charles Darwin Uni – ‘Escalation and Transformation of Pine Gap’
Lisa Ling, US Air Force Whistleblower – ‘The Whistleblower Movement’
Scott Ludlam, former Greens Senator – ‘Secrecy and the Exclusion of the People’
Margaret Pestorius, Pine Gap ‘peace pilgrim’ – ‘Outline of the Trial’

Entry is Free but please RSVP to Jonathan: or Ph 0403 611 815
For Media comment, contact:  Prof. Richard Tanter     0407 824 336
IPAN Media Liaison:  Jonathan Pilbrow      0403 611 815
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Congratulations to ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) which has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize!  Thank you for all your critical work to reduce the threat of nuclear war!                     

Coming Event - Joint IPAN and Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine

Fundraising dinner with  

Speaker: Israeli journalist Gideon Levy

7pm, Tuesday 28 November at

Delhi 6 Indian restaurant, Childers St. Acton, Canberra

Gideon Levy is an Israeli journalist with the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz. 

He is speaking this year in Adelaide for the Edward Said Memorial Lecture, invited by South Australia's Australian Friends of Palestine Association.  Gideon Levy has written with passion and eloquence about the injustices of the occupation of Palestine over many decades.  We are fortunate indeed to have him speaking to us in Australia. 

""When I first started covering the West Bank for Haaretz, I was young and brainwashed," he said in an interview. "I would see settlers cutting down olive trees and soldiers mistreating Palestinian women at the checkpoints, and I would think, 'These are exceptions, not part of government policy.' It took me a long time to see that these were not exceptions – they were the substance of government policy."

The cost is $50 per person, or $35 (pensioner or student) for a three course dinner. Bookings are essential, with payment in advance by Fri 24 Nov to AJPP’s account (BSB 805-022; Account 03424708 in Beyond Bank). Add your name as a reference. If it is possible for you, donations on top of the ticket cost would be very welcome.

Booking is also available through Trybooking at this link - 

Inquiries:  0417 269 984


For details of the Edward Said Memorial Lecture in Adelaide with Gideon Levy speaking, see



The very successful IPAN National Conference was held in Melbourne 8-10 September 2017

You can listen to the excellent talks at the links below:
Assoc Prof David Vine, American University, Washington (author on US military bases around the world and US foreign policies) -  Impacts of the Global network of US military bases
Dr Alison Broinowski, Vice President of Australians for War Powers Reform -  What would an Independent foreign policy look like
James O'Neill, Barrister -  South China Sea
Prof Richard Tanter, (Nautilus Inst., Melbourne Uni) -  Obstacles to an independent foreign policy
Dr Margaret Beavis, National President, MAPW -  The real costs for Australia of US militarism
Rob Starry, Criminal Defence Lawyer -  Terrorism laws and surveillance
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Greens Defence Spokesperson -  The taboo of an Australia Independent of the US
Dr Mike Gilligan, former Defence Dept adviser -  Can Aus defend itself?
Warren Smith, National Assist. Secretary, MUA -  Peace is union business
Sung Hee Choi from Jeju Island, South Korea -  The crisis on the Korean Peninsula
Alex Edney-Browne, Ph D researcher on drones -  military funding unis
Dr Vince Scappatura The US lobby in Australia
Olivier Bancoult, indigenous leader from Diego Garcia -  Diego Garcia

and former Senator Scott Ludlam, at the Friday forum

Download our Conference Declaration, our Resolution on The Philippines and other Conference Resolutions

Campaign for reform of the powers to deploy troops to conflict zones

A talk was held on 21 September 2017 at Sydney University on the urgent need for reform of powers to deploy troops to conflict zones, organised by Australians for War Powers Reform.  IPAN supports this campaign.

Speakers in order of appearance were:
Prof John Keane (chair), Prof Gillian Triggs, Paul Barratt AO, and Kellie Tranter.

Listen to the talks here:

For further details:
Phone:  0431 597 256
IPAN, P.O. Box 573 Coorparoo, Qld, 4151