Australia-US joint military exercises in Queensland have become the target of anti-military activists in recent years. As one activist stands trial, we speak to a group that says damaging military property is a justifiable act.
The Talisman Sabre joint military operation held in Rockhampton earlier this year has been the subject of some harsh criticism. Recently, the joint military operation between Australia and the USA was criticised for jettisoning inert bombs into the Great Barrier Reef. But this is not the first year the joint military exercises have attracted the attention of anti-war activists. In 2011 a helicopter was damaged during the Talisman Sabre operation. Today, anti-war activist Graeme Dunstan is standing trial in Rockhampton District Court charged with willful damage of Commonwealth property. One group of activists claims that by striking against weapons used by the defence force, they’ll raise awareness about the extent of military action around the world.
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