VOLUME 5: AUSTRALIA BOMBING GAZA – GEELONG EDITION

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Geelong has long been a major
manufacturing and port centre for
Victoria, but with Australia’s entry into many free trade agreements in pursuit of mineral and agricultural exports, it signed away its rights under international law to
continue to support local manufacturing
industries…
Except for one: the military industry.

Geelong is now seeking to become a
major producer of military equipment, with Defence Minister Richard Marles at the helm.

 

 

 

VOLUME 4: AUSTRALIAN SOVEREIGN DEFENCE & ADVANCED MANUFACTURING GROUP… WHO ARE THESE FUCKERS?

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The thing about the masters of war, the people who make and profit from selling the weapons that kill children sheltering in their homes… and we’re not talking here about factory floor workers doing a mundane job because there is hardly any other engineering work in Austraila, but about the people who own the companies that employ them…

This is the story of a relatively new Australian weapons company: Australian Sovereign Defence and Advanced Manufacturing Group, normally referred to as ASDAM.

VOLUME 3: BACKGROUNDER ON THE SOME OF THE MAJOR COMPANIES IN THE DANDENONG REGION THAT ARE PART OF THE F-35 GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN BEING USED TO DROP BOMBS ON GAZA

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The region around Dandenong has long been associated with light industrial engineering. As a result of trade liberalisation which began in the 1980s, many small companies were forced to close… whilst some sought to diversify into the only game left in town: the arms trade.

The three companies listed in this leaflet are by no means the only ones in the region involved in the production of weapons that are currently being used in Gaza. But they are key parts of the F-35 Global Supply Chain.

At the time of writing, there is no available information as to the status of AUKUS: whether it’s a Treaty, with all the checks and balances that treaties entail on the one hand, or just an ‘understanding’. The terms ‘AUKUS framework’, ‘pact, ‘agreement’ and even ‘forever partnership’ have been bandied about but nothing is being said of its legal status.

For all the shortcomings of Australia’s system of government, there are processes and laws that detail the structure of our society and our relations with other countries. Australia’s relationship with other countries is based on treaties. We have treaties on all manner of things, from the ‘big ticket’ ones like the ANZUS Treaty, to the rather arcane (though no doubt important) like the one covering taxation arrangements with residents of the Isle of Man.

The process for Australia enacting treaties is very well regulated, and while of course backroom machinations are undertaken outside of parliament, there is the ability for treaties to be debated by our elected representatives before they are implemented, let alone ratified, entered into Australian law, and acted upon.

The issues surrounding Australia’s treaty making process are outlined in a Parliamentary Paper Treaty Making Options for Australia.

Presenting AUKUS as a fait accompli runs afoul of our democratic process. Further AUKUS seems to be breaking current Australian treaties such as 2018’s Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, not to mention the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

The lack of any official status of AUKUS leaves it open to be cited as a justification for any and every issue even marginally related to Australia’s military policy and engagement.

The Australian Government should detail the terms of the AUKUS pact in much the same way that other Australian military agreements such as ANZUS, the Pine Gap Agreement and the other 392 other defence related Treaties Australia is a party to.

A shift in Australia’s military position in the region should not be made without full discussion in Parliament. This would also give all political parties the opportunity of letting the public know where they stand on the issue.

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