Noble work

NT News - - OPINION -

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

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