- IPAN denounces recent rabid media war
- Call for all people who want peace to mobilise and
force the Australian Government off path to war
The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) believe
the recent blatant war propaganda published by the Sydney
Morning Herald and Melbourne Age under the title of
Red Alert and similar propaganda by Murdochs Sky News hour-long
Special, titled Are we ready?, represent an appalling misuse of the
media ownership. Such media is clearly intended to create fear
which it is not in any way justified by facts and has been done so
in order to create support for a heavy increase in military
spending in preparation for joining the United States in a war
against China, alarmingly predicted to occur within the next three
Going to war with the United States against China over Taiwan is
not Australia's business, nor in its interests. As former PM Paul
Keating has stated, "Taiwan is not of strategic value to
Australia". Taiwan is a province of China, recognised by the United
Nations as such and the relationship between Beijing and Taiwan is
a matter to be resolved between Beijing and Taiwan internally
without external interference and, hopefully, peacefully.
Australias involvement in a U.S. war against China would be a
catastrophic disaster for the Australian people, stated IPAN
Spokesperson Dr Alison Broinowski.
Hugh White, a respected defence strategist says, servicewomen
and servicemen losses in the war would exceed those losses in the
Vietnam and Korean Wars.
In addition, with 90% of Australias fuel supplies imported and
the war disrupting this supply, transport would be hit heavily and
trucking of essentials including food, stopped.
With 70% of everyday items (apart from food) imported from China,
the import of such items would cease, resulting in empty shops.
Essential imported medical supplies would be scarce, if available
at all and the situation would be far worse than the recent
Exports to China would cease and the economy would face a severe
down- turn, with substantial job losses.
Community division would be stimulated with an upsurge of racism
directed at any who have Asian features and that is 3 million
Additionally, the massive increase in military expenditure
diverts spending from urgent community needs such as bringing our
hospitals up to scratch, which according to the Australian Medical
Association would require $20 billion. This is apart from the
urgent need for affordable housing, increased resourcing of
education and addressing the impact of climate change.
Why should Australians suffer catastrophically for the United