A People’s Inquiry: The Case for an Independent and Peaceful Australia
What are the costs and consequences of Australia’s involvement in US-led wars and the US Alliance?
The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) invites you to participate in a national public inquiry into the costs and consequences of the Australia-US Alliance for the Australian people, and invites proposals in relation to measures that could assist in achieving a genuinely independent and peaceful foreign policy for Australia.
Primary aim: To facilitate a deep conversation and engagement with the broader Australian community in order to determine a path forwards towards a genuinely independent and peaceful foreign policy for Australia; to ensure a more just allocation of Australian government resources.
Secondary aim: To produce and promote a public report which outlines the views of those Australians who hold concerns about the US Alliance and which details the steps to be taken to ensure a genuinely independent and peaceful foreign policy for Australia.
This Inquiry will gather information and consider all of the possible costs and consequences of the Australia-US Alliance, including the economic, social, environmental and political impacts. The inquiry will be a way for organisations and individuals across Australia to contribute to a national conversation.
The inquiry will be overseen by a panel of respected experts and community representatives who will receive written and verbal submissions and contribute to the publication of a final report to be widely publicised.
Submissions will be accepted during the period from from later in 2020, when organisations and individuals can deliver written submissions (where possible). Where submissions cannot be in writing, individuals/organisations will be able to meet 1-1 with an assistant/IPAN Coordinating Committee member and provide an oral submission.
The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry will be available on the IPAN Inquiry Website, and written submissions can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
From January – June 2021, the Inquiry Panel will consider all submissions and will write up a report based on the seven themes of the inquiry. It is planned that the report will be finalised by the end of June 2021.
IPAN trusts that the outcome of this enquiry will be a powerful and collective voice towards developing a genuinely independent foreign policy for Australia and a more just allocation of Australian government resources.
To contact IPAN representatives in your local area, see https://ipan.org.au/contact/
Discussion of the IPAN Inquiry – Background and issues to be addressed – by Annette Brownlie from IPAN National Committee