The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network is seeking signatures for a petition asking for legislation to end the deployment of US marines to Darwin.
Troop numbers, currently at 1150, will gradually increase to 2500 by 2017.
Observers have pointed to the unseemly haste with which Australia has been seen to facilitate America’s expansion of its military presence in the Pacific Basin. The first deployment was announced in 2010.
If members would like to send a message to the Abbott Government that Australia should be setting a more independent path in foreign policy they can sign the petition here.
Lenore Hankinson is the Officer attached to Federation’s Peace, Environment and International Special Interest Group.