US Misslie Defence Test Success A Failure For The World

July 15, 2001

US MISSILE DEFENCE TEST SUCCESS
A FAILURE FOR THE WORLD
AUSTRALIAN PEACE COMMITTEE
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH
PEOPLE FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT
COALITION FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIAN ANTI-BASES CAMPAIGN

Nuclear disarmament and environment groups Australia-wide have warned that the success of todays missile defence test is a failure for the world. The groups say that Australia should refuse to support missile defence, and instead urge the Bush administration to carry out its campaign promises of deep cuts to nuclear weapons numbers and lower alert status for nuclear missiles.

Australian groups said the Australian government should not support any use of the Australian joint facilities that violated either the ABM treaty (which Missile Defence violates), the CTBT (which the US has refused to ratify and may withdraw from), or the NPT.

Only one of three previous tests has succeeded. A protest took place outside the US consulate in Melbourne yesterday, and there have been protests outside the launch site.

According to Australian Peace and environment groups:

"Now that the test has worked, the way will be paved for the violation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty within possibly as short a period as a few months. Russia has made it perfectly clear that if the US unilaterally violates the ABM Treaty it will consider itself no longer bound by previous arms limitations agreements, and will put multiple warheads on its missiles."

"The world does not need Missile Defence. What the world does need is for the nuclear weapons powers to take seriously their legal obligations to achieve the total and unequivocal elimination of nuclear weapons."Missile defence will be the major issue at Hiroshima Day rallies nationwide (Aug4/5). October 13 will be International Stop Star Wars Day, with
protests against missile defence worldwide.

For more information contact:

John Hallam
Ph: 02 95173903

Irene Gale AM
Ph: 08 83642291

Jacob Grech
Mob: 0402 246491

Jo Valentine
Ph: 08 92724252

Dennis Doherty
Mob: 0418 290663