I WRITE in relation to the article: ‘Nobel to Pine Gap activitists’ (Sunday Territorian, October 8).
Firstly, congratulations must go to ICAN (International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons) on their being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and for the extremely significant work they have done on the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
There was however an understandable confusion in the article which occurred in relation to the names ICAN and another organisation IPAN. IPAN is the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network. The two organisations have overlapping but different objectives.
Prof Richard Tanter (chair of ICAN), who was quoted in the article, has indeed been
long involved in research and discussion of Pine Gap, including with IPAN.
Richard will be in Alice Springs in mid-November to speak to a public meeting about the latest developments about Pine Gap’s role in a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula. Jonathan Pilbrow