2014 Anniversary of Atomic Bombing of Japanese Cities.

August 6 and 9 2014 sees the 69th Anniversary of Atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This event was the opening chapter on the nuclear age and the threat of nuclear weapons worldwide. Under the slogan ‘Hiroshima never again’ the Sydney Hiroshima Day Committee has campaigned for nuclear weapons to made illegal and to be never again used or threatened to be used. The need is just as great now as ever it was.

These horrendous weapons were used in anger and ever since the world by preparing for war and even nuclear war has perpetuated and extended the numbers of nuclear weapons in the world and the numbers of countries who own nuclear weapons and are prepared to use them. While a lot of attention is paid to Iran’s and North Korea’s unacceptable arsenal which is either potential or very small. The world and Australia in particular ignores the massive arsenal of the USA, its sophistication, its readiness to use or threatened use, and the fact that it keeps nuclear weapons on hair trigger alert.

We encourage the Australian Government through its work in the ‘Canberra Commission’ to continue its work for the elimination of nuclear weapons more thoroughly and more evenly. We do not support any country having nuclear weapons and our policy is that no country is entitled to nuclear weapons. A big step towards nuclear disarmament would be the acceptance by Government of the UN Nuclear Weapons Convention which would be similar to the convention on landmines which the Australia Government is a signatory.

The Fukushima nuclear reactor hit by a tsunami after one of the biggest earthquakes on record is still severely damaged and leaking contaminated material into the environment. The case study of this accident should be a warning for all Governments that nuclear reactors and uranium mining is a thing of the past. However, this message has not reached the various State Governments of Australia, WA, Queensland and now NSW have lifted bans on uranium mining and prospecting. Of course the South Australia uranium mine at Roxby Downs continues without interruption.

The time has come to campaign against uranium mining again!

We support the campaign of the Muckaty people in NT against the installation of a nuclear waste dump on their ancestral lands. The problem of nuclear waste being radio active and dangerous to humans for thousands of years has not been solved but the nuclear industry is producing tonnes of it every day.

The exorbitant amount of money spent by the Australian Government on the military continues to rob ordinary people of much needed resources for housing, welfare, fair wages and education. Hiroshima Day 2011 is a time for unionists to get out and protest for an end to the nuclear war cycle and an end to war and preparation for war.

We support the campaign of the Muckaty people in NT against the installation of a nuclear waste dump on their ancestral lands. The problem of nuclear waste being radio active and dangerous to humans for thousands of years has not been solved but the nuclear industry is producing tonnes of it every day.

The fight against the nuclear industry and nuclear war has to be reengaged this Hiroshima day and the message by the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki heeded rather that politely ignored. Each year they say “Hiroshima Never Again’ with a few variations.

Hiroshima Day is more than a look at the nuclear industry it is also an anti-war day and pro peace day. Nuclear weapons were produced for war and have been used once in anger but now with many countries owning multiple warheads the risks of a nuclear war are even greater. The war in Afghanistan continues to use up the lives of Australian soldiers (total now 40 at June 29) with nearly 250 seriously injured who will be a burden on the tax payer for the rest of their lives. On top of this war continues to eat up about $1.3 billion per year and has cost us in excess of $13 billion so far.

Our military spending continues at a high level and much of it is due to the US-Australian military alliance. However, in November 2011 during President Obama’s visit to Australia he announced the US’s new strategy in the Indo – Pacific of a ‘pivot to Asia’. This redirection of the US’s attention is not good news and it brings the nightmare possibility of a nuclear exchange between China and US closer. The Australian Government by encouraging the US in its interfering ways is making the tension rise in our region.

We say US troops out of Darwin! US bases out of Australia!