IPAN Affiliates

IPAN is a network of organisations around Australia – community, faith and peace groups, trade unions and concerned individuals – aiming to build public dialogue and pressure  for change. Change to a truly independent foreign policy for Australia – one in which our government plays a positive role in solving international conflicts peacefully.

IPAN Vision

Advocate for an independent and peaceful Australia, free of foreign military bases, and free of interventions by other foreign Governments, corporations, or vested interests, that at present seek to exert undue influence in shaping Australia’s foreign and defence policies in a manner that diminishes Australia’s sovereignty; and

Recognise that a truly peaceful and independent Australia cannot be achieved without resolving the past cruel and unjust takeover of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands, and, in its activities, to work to address these injustices, which began under British Law, and have continued under Australian Governments since Federation.


We acknowledge the traditional custodians the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and respect their continuing culture.  We acknowledge their country was violently seized 230 years ago, and affirm that genuine independence of Australia cannot be achieved without a just and sovereign Treaty with the indigenous people of this land.

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

Upcoming events

    1. Black Mist, Burnt Country, Exhibition, Melbourne

      1 Dec 2018 10:00 AM - 10 Feb 2019 4:00 PM AEDT
    2. A peace machine? Don’t miss this brilliant exhibition, North Terrace, Adelaide.

      16 Jan - 10 Apr
    3. IPAN ACT meeting next Tuesday

      22 Jan 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM AEDT
    4. Free film, The coming war on China, by John Pilger, Adelaide

      10 Feb 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM AEDT
    5. IPAN 2019 CONFERENCE, start planning now! ‘Australia at the Crossroads – time for an independent foreign policy’, CDU, Darwin, 2-4 August, 2019

      2 Aug 6:30 PM - 4 Aug 4:00 PM AEST

Latest news


WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST SATURDAY JANUARY 26th   ·WAIHOPAI WORKS FOR DONALD TRUMP People from all around New Zealand will be converging on the super-secret Waihopai satellite interception spybase, in Marlborough, on Saturday January 26th. We will be at the Waihopai spy base main gate at Waihopai Valley Road from 11 a.m. There will be speakers; […]


JOHN MENADUE. Joined at the hip to a very dangerous ally that is almost always at war. An update

Posted on 15 January 2019 We are a nation in denial that we are ‘joined at the hip’ to a dangerous ally that is becoming even more dangerous with the increasing privatisation of the US ‘war complex’  The complex is less and less under civilian control. Arms companies in the US and particularly drone manufacturers have […]


The case for leaving Afghanistan, Robert Kaplan, NY Times International, 9 Jan 2019

ROBERT D KAPLAN. The case for leaving Afghanistan (The New York Times International Edition). Posted on 9 January 2019 on Pearls and Irritations blog America is spending beyond its means on a mission that might only be helping its strategic rivals. The decision by President Trump to withdraw 7,000 of the roughly 14,000 American troops […]


Voice , January 2019

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CHRIS MILLS. Australian Defence Organisation Combats Climate Change Effects in Australia.

Posted on 27 December 2018 The Mission of the Australian Defence Force is to defend Australia and its national interests. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2018 Report assesses that climate change presents a global ‘risk to heath, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth’.  Australia, being the driest inhabited continentfaces existential risk from climate change which is attacking Australia […]


Most favoured notions just take time, Alison Broinowski, 21 December 2018

There are said to be no votes in defence or foreign affairs in Australia. Years of bipartisanship on both, and an Alliance that is unquestionable, have disempowered debate. The time for change may be in 2019.   The ALP national conference should have been in July, but the Government decided to hold the ‘Super Saturday’ by-elections […]


Please call the Japanese ambassador to protest the building of the Henoko US military base.

Stand with Okinawa against the Henoko US military base. There are protests happening in the US – We can support the Okinawan community by lodging our protest by phone.  Ph. Japanese Embassy:  02) 6273 3244 (Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 12:30 pm & 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm) Posted 18 December 2018 Stand With […]


Government wrong to dismiss concerns on Submarines program – savings could address urgent social needs. 14 December 2018

14 December 2018                                                                                                  MEDIA RELEASE Government wrong to dismiss concerns on Submarines program – savings could address urgent social needs. The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) calls on the PM Scott […]


Voice, December 2018

Voice No 23 Dec 2018


Caught in the middle of US-China contention, BEVAN RAMSDEN, Pearls and Irritations, 6th Dec 2018

BEVAN RAMSDEN. Caught in the middle of US-China contention, Australia sides with the US in their efforts to contain and keep China out of the Western Pacific.