Four women Parliamentarians are speaking at a vigil, which the world’s oldest peace group, The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is holding to Ban the Bomb.
Senator Lisa Singh, The Hon. Elise Archer, Madeleine Ogilvie and Cassy O’Connor will each offer their viewpoints on this crucial topic and join with WILPF who are inviting people to join with them at this vigil on
SATURDAY 17 JUNE 2017
from 11 a.m. – 12 noon.
at PARLIAMENT HOUSE GARDENS, Hobart
To show our Government that we want an end to the threat of nuclear war.
The Hon. Elise Archer is supporting a position which the National Government has boycotted.
Nine nations today possess more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, with the United States and Russia maintaining around 1,800 of theirs on high alert – ready to launch within minutes. Most are many times more powerful than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945.
The catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons transcend national borders, pose grave implications for human survival, the environment, socioeconomic development, the global economy, food security and for the health of future generations.
A draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has just been released, drawn up at the United Nations (UN) in New York at the end of March.
As final discussions on the treaty begin in New York, across the world people will be marching or holding vigils on 17th June to show their support as well as their concern for the current failure of some nations, including Australia, but USA in particular, to work towards banning nuclear weapons. More than 130 other nations in the UN are now working towards this result.
Yabbo Thompson (Ms)