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.
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
August 2018 VOICE In this issue: * Calls for Australia to follow NZ in ratifying nuclear weapons ban treaty * Donald Trump could be ready to order a strike against Iran, Australian Government figures say * IPAN Media Release: Australia should not assist in US attacks on Iran * Two thirds of Yemenis need aid […]
By Mari Yamaguchi Tokyo: Tens of thousands of protesters in Okinawa vowed to stop the planned relocation of a U.S military base, saying they want it off the southern Japanese island entirely. Opponents of the relocation say the plan to move US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from a crowded neighbourhood to a less populated […]
Is anything ‘sacred’, David Stephens, Honest History, Have your say re the War Memorial expansion proposals, 5 August 2018
Stephens, David: Australian War Memorial consults the public on mooted massive extensions: is anything ‘sacred’? Open for Comments ↓ David Stephens* ‘Australian War Memorial consults the public on mooted massive extensions: is anything “sacred”?’, Honest History, 3 August 2018 The Australian War Memorial has been talking for more than a year about its desire to […]
July 26 2018 – 12:30AM Newcastle Herald Letters to the Editor: Thursday, July 26, 2018 Your Say IN NEED: Do we want to live in an Australia preoccupied with military spending, or a country which provides safe housing for the homeless, asks one contributor. THE Australian Bureau of Statistics states that there are 100,000 homeless […]
IPAN – Plan B for defence – neutrality Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 26 JULY 2018 IPAN calls for a better Plan B for Australia’s defence IPAN calls for a public discussion on neutrality for Australia “in the face of continuing uncertainty towards the alliance and global rules-based […]
Time to be neutral Nicholas Stuart’s article ‘Why are we now talking our way to war?’ (CT 4 July, p. 17) is a question we need real answers to. The military contest and trade war between the US and China is one which we shouldn’t be drawn into, but our military and psychological dependence on […]
KATHRYN KELLY. Armed Neutrality for Australia? Pearls and Irritations , 16 July 2018 The talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un give some reason for a glimmer of hope for the Korean Peninsula, but given Donald Trump’s predilection for middle of the night tweets, that could come unstuck at any moment. The international situation continues […]
LIZZIE O’SHEA. Witness K and foreign interference hypocrisy (Eureka Street 2/7/2018)
Palestine-Israel: The One Democratic State Campaign, Jeff Halper, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
Mondoweiss The ‘One Democratic State Campaign’ program for a multicultural democratic state in Palestine/Israel Jeff Halper May 3, 2018 As the Leonard Cohen song goes, “everybody knows” the two-state solution is dead and gone. Zionism’s 120-year quest to Judaize Palestine – to transform Palestine into the Land of Israel – has been completed. Every Israeli […]