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

PRODUCED BY RENEGADE ACTIVISTS 2024

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

PRODUCED BY RENEGADE ACTIVISTS 2024

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.

 RAUCOUS ANTI-AUKUS CAUCUS III

Join us for the third Raucous Anti-AUKUS Caucus on Thursday Decemeber 2nd at 7pm ADST. 

Featuring:

Aunty Sue Haseldine – elder of the Kokatha people and the honorary co-president of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA).
ANFA is the First Nations led alliance that helped to build the successful campaign to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine in the Northern Territory, and more recently, the proposed national nuclear waste dumps in South Australia and Muckaty in the NT. 

Linsey Cottrell – Environmental Policy Officer at the Conflict and Environment Observatory (CEOBS) – a UK-based charity working to increase the protection of people and ecosystems from the impact of armed conflicts. She is a Chartered Environmentalist and qualified as a Specialist in Land Condition.

PLuss hear updates and information of the upcoming weekend of action to “SAY NO TO AUKUS” on the 9-12 December. 

Registration is free but book here to receive the zoom link prior to the event. 

 

RAUCOUS ANTI-AUKUS CAUCUS II

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who joined us for the second Raucous Anti-AUKUS Caucus. A special thanks to those who reported back from actions in your respective states.

You can revisit the excellent talks below.

Stay tuned for Raucous Anti-AUKUS Caucus III on Thursday 2 December, 7pm ADST. More details to be announced soon, but get in touch with us via info@renegadeactivists.org, or keep watch on Facebook and Instagram.

Emma Shortis, author of Our Exceptional Friend: Australia’s Fatal Alliance with the United States, speaks about the historical trajectory of the ANZUS Treaty and the creeping logic of national security in regards to the AUKUS pact.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCqIryuPEz8&t=3s

 

David Brophy, author of China Panic: Australia’s alternative to paranoia and pandering, explains how AUKUS fits into the wider Australia-China political landscape, and how it is a landmark in embedding a US-led containment policy towards China.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrqgqQ372j0&t=24s

 

Jacob Grech, Renegade Activist, speaks about the military and COP26, how the military is excluded from mandatory carbon emissions reporting and how the Australian Government, through AUKUS, continues to invest in planetary destruction, rather than addressing climate collapse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSB9TCN6hag&t=5s

 

 

 

RAUCOUS ANTI-AUKUS CAUCUS I

UPDATE: 11.00pm Thursday 7 October

A big Thank You to everyone who attended the Raucous Anti-AUKUS Caucus this evening!

Over 250 people logged in with the common purpose of organising against this latest foray into military adventurism.

If you want to take part in our next event on 4 November drop us a line at info@renegadeactivists.org or stay in touch with our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram and coming soon…Twitter.

Videos of the speakers from the Raucous Anti-AUKUS Caucus:

but first…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoSARndaiEg
Boris Johnson on the Raucous Anti-AUKUS Caucus

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEgQFX_j8AA
Guy Rundle giving an overview on AUKUS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fGoPziDqN0
Clinton Fernandes on the role of submarines in AUKUS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGOr4fC4tLU
Jacob Grech on Jullian Assange

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUBFiWEHigc
Dimity Hawkins on AUKUS and the nuclear treaties

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sluZ41z9hG8

Talei Mangioni on AUKUS imperialism in the Pacific

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwyRg8vmhdg

Dave Sweeney on the broader nuke implications of AUKUS

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFHiEOMCgYY
Scott Ludlam on building the opposition to AUKUS

 

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Renegade Activists is hosting a webinar panel discussion on what AUKUS means for Australia.

7.00pm AEST, Thursday 7 October

Featuring Scott Ludlam, Guy Rundle, Dimity Hawkins, Dave Sweeney, Talei Mangioni, Clinton Fernandes, Felicity Ruby and Jacob Grech.


The panel discussion will be followed by participation in breakout rooms where attendees can organise their appropriate actions/responses.

The aim of the Raucous Caucus is twofold:
Firstly to provide information on the various aspects of this move by the Australian, British and US Governments: what it means, why its happened and the implications for Australia.
Secondly it is to provide a forum for people to meet and organise.

It is free to join, but bookings are essential through humanitix.com.

About the speakers:

Guy Rundle is writer-at-large for Crikey. He has previously been the editor of Arena Magazine, producer of TV shows from Comedy Inc to future retro cult classic Vulture, the writer of four hit shows for the satirist Max Gillies, and the author of numerous books, including ‘A Revolution in the Making: 3D Printing, Robotics and the Future’, ‘Down to the Crossroads: On the Trail of the 2008 Election’, ‘Clivosaurus: The Politics of Clive Palmer’ and ‘Inland Empire: America at the End of the Obama Era’.


Dimity Hawkins is a PhD candidate at Swinburne University. Her thesis examines opposition to nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific. Dimity has over two decades of experience in the civil society sector working as an advocate on issues of nuclear disarmament and broader social, environmental and human rights activism. She completed a degree in Politics and Public Policy from Swinburne University with first class Honours in 2015. Dimity Hawkins was a co-founder of the  International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.


Clinton Fernandes is Professor of International and Political Studies at the University of New South Wales in Canberra. He is the author of ‘Island off the Coast of Asia: Instruments of Statecraft in Australian Foreign Policy’ (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018)and’What Uncle Sam Wants: US Foreign Policy Objectives in Australia and Beyond’ (Palgrave, 2019).


Felicity Ruby is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney undertaking research on surveillance and democracy. She was advisor to Scott Ludlam for his first six years in the Australian Senate. Prior to this she headed the UN Office for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and was a policy advisor at the UN Development Fund for Women at Greenpeace International.


Jacob Grech is a member of Renegade Activists, and a long term anti- militarist and arms trade activist and researcher. 


Talei Mangioni is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Culture, History and Language. Talei was born and raised on Gadigal land of the Eora Nation and is of Fijian and Italian descent. Her current scholarship aims to chart the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific (NFIP) movement across Oceania through historical ethnography, weaving archival records and material objects with oral histories of activists and artists. Exploring these stories through creative works, she engages a trans-disciplinary praxis through film-making with an interest in speculative documentary.


Scott Ludlam is a former Australian politician. A member of the Australian Greens, he served in the Australian Senate from July 2008 to July 2017, and as Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens from 2015 to 2017. He has also worked as a filmmaker, artist and graphic designer. His first book ‘Full Circle’ was published in 2021.


Dave Sweeney has been active in the uranium mining and nuclear debate for two decades through his work with the media, trade unions and environment groups on mining, resource and Indigenous issues. He works as a national nuclear campaigner for the Australian Conservation Foundation and holds a vision of a nuclear free Australia that is positive about its future and honest about its past.

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