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West Papuan and Australian Independence on trial

Ian interviews Andy Paine Broadcast on Paradigm Shift 4 triple Z at fm 102.1 on Friday 29 September 2016

The arrest and subsequent court appearance of the pine gap four who were taken by police inside the US spy base but charges were dismissed for lack of authority from the attorney general, George Brandis.

Will the attorney-general now authorise charges under the DEFENCE (SPECIAL UNDERTAKINGS) ACT 1952 are or will he demur? There seems to be little political justification for charging the defendants because all they were doing was singing a lament and drawing attention to the US spy base.

Here is relevant section:

DEFENCE (SPECIAL UNDERTAKINGS) ACT 1952 – SECT 28

Prosecution of offences
(1)  A prosecution under this Act or the regulations shall be instituted only by or with the consent of the Attorney-General or of a person acting under his or her direction.

(2)  A person charged with an offence against this Act or the regulations may be arrested, or a warrant for his or her arrest may be issued and executed, and he or she may be remanded in custody or on bail, notwithstanding that the consent of the Attorney-General or of a person acting under his or her direction has not been obtained, but no further proceedings shall be taken until that consent has been obtained.

(3)  Nothing in this section prevents the discharge of a person charged if proceedings are not continued within a reasonable time.

It seems clear that the attorney-general will provide his consent.

If he does, a long court case awaits the defendants.

Maximum penalty for trespass at Pine Gap is 7 years jail.

Andy interviews Jason McLeod author of ‘Merdeka and the morning star– Civil resistance in West Papua‘ about the past and present of the struggle for independence in the Indonesian province.

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100 Years Resistance to War

Am I a spy in the land of the living,
that I should deliver men to Death?
Brother, the password and the plans of our city
are safe with me; never through me Shall you be overcome.
–  Edna St Vincent Millay Conscientious Objector

With the ANZAC celebrations in full flight 100 years after Australians invaded Turkey, Andy looks to the point of war.  In an interview with historian, David Stephens, from Honest History website they discuss the mythology and commercialisation of ANZAC. David Stevens compares the importance of Gallipoli with that of the frontier wars, the roles played by women and trade unions in our history. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Musgrave park – Camp Dundali.

Andy interviews Wayne Wharton about Camp Dundalli at Musgrave Park from Friday 24 April till 25 April 2015. Remembering the Frontier Wars – about invading another people’s country. Australian government spending $300M celebrating one day. Wayne Wharton argues that there should be monument to first nations people. Everyone welcome. Campfires. and going to Anzac ceremony at 4.30 am.

Playlist
Mary Rattenbury – Peace speaks to our sad old world
Andrew Kennedy – Murder or suicide
RedGum – I was only 19 (by John Schuman)
The Pogues – The band played waltzing matilda
Utah Phillips – The trooper’s lament
Edna St Vincent Millay – Conscientious objector – see poem below.
Warumpi Band – Secret war

Body Count Poem about war
Edna St Vincent Millay Conscientious Objector

I shall die, but
that is all that I shall do for Death.
I hear him leading his horse out of the stall;
I hear the clatter on the barn-floor.
He is in haste; he has business in Cuba,
business in the Balkans, many calls to make this morning.
But I will not hold the bridle
while he clinches the girth.
And he may mount by himself:
I will not give him a leg up.

Though he flick my shoulders with his whip,
I will not tell him which way the fox ran.
With his hoof on my breast, I will not tell him where
the black boy hides in the swamp.
I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death;
I am not on his pay-roll.

I will not tell him the whereabout of my friends
nor of my enemies either.
Though he promise me much,
I will not map him the route to any man’s door.
Am I a spy in the land of the living,
that I should deliver men to Death?
Brother, the password and the plans of our city
are safe with me; never through me Shall you be overcome.

Reference
http://honesthistory.net.au/