Protest Against Defence Industry Expo (D.I.E)
PICKET - All Day
Starting at 8.00am LEFT UNITY and supporters will picket the Adelaide Convention Centre to protest the weapons trade expo taking place inside. There will be various actions happening throughout the day which people can get involved in.
MAJOR PROTEST 4pm
If you support a sustainable future for South Australian industry then join us outside the Convention Centre on North Terrace at 4pm to protest the State Government's continued promotion of weapons manufacturing.
There will be speakers and entertainment. Please bring placards, banners, instruments etc. Let's send a strong message to the Rann Government by saying NO! to the "Defence State"!
According to the Defence Industry Expo's own website: (www.defenceandindustry.gov.au) the Australian Government plans to replace 80 percent of its "war fighting" assets by 2020. This constitutes an "investment" of $150bn of taxpayers money.
While they brand this as "Defence" spending, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been fighting US wars that have nothing to do with the "defence" of Australia and its people.
In South Australia, tens of millions of dollars have been spent by the Rann Government to attract military industries to set up shop.
Weapons manufacturers will be concentrated in a walled precinct beside the Port River. Powerful US weapons manufacturers are even involved in "partnerships" with local public schools.
Is this how we imagined our future?
Left Unity has other ideas. We think taxpayers money should be spent on the creation of renewable industries and essential services like health, education, public transport and the like.
Why are thousands of public sector jobs being cut and services slashed while millions are being spent on the manufacture of weapons that are ultimately used to kill people in other parts of the world?
These weapons are being bought to help shore up the self-interested global military strategy of the United States. This course has caused people around the world, including Australians, needless suffering and loss in places like Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
It's time we said No! to the "Defence State".