Women from all political parties spoke at the Ban the Bomb vigil today organised by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

Senator Lisa Singh put into context the history of treaties to Ban nuclear weapons.

The Hon. Elise Archer MHA, expressed her fear of these weapons, having grown up in an era when the possibility of nuclear warfare was made more prominent.

Cassy O’Connor MHA, decried the fact that the Australian Government has sent no representative to the UN treaty negotiation and when Senator Lisa Singh questioned this during senate estimates was told ‘it was not in Australia’s interest’ to be involved’!

Rosalie Woodruff MHA, read a poem by a Japanese survivor of the nuclear bomb about the horrors experienced in places like Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Rob Valentine, MLC, reminded us of the Maralinga tests and what that still means in terms of devastated country and people.

Participants at this vigil urge the Australian Government to be involved in the Treaty negotiations currently underway at the UN and recognise that it is the only way to a safer, more peaceful future.
Yabbo Thompson