Cluster Munitions

The Military Industrial Complex Knows No Bounds.

From Dr David Palmer:

The CCM Treaty specifies:
“Australia, along with 107 other countries, is signatory to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), which expressly prohibits the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions. Further, all signatories undertake “never under any circumstances to assist, encourage or induce anyone to engage in any activity” prohibited by the CCM.”
From: http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=11014

Australia signed on in early 2008:
http://news.theage.com.au/world/australia-supports-cluster-bomb-ban-20080222-1ttj.html

And the ban officially goes into force internationally on Aug. 1, 2010:
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/breaking-news/un-hails-landmark-ban-on-cluster-arms/story-e6frea73-1225899126982

So signing is one thing – then must be ratified by Parliament? Do you have any idea if and when there will be ratification? Brilliant delaying tactic by Labor if they don’t get around to it, especially with the defense contracts on the bombs, including in SA. And Mawson Lakes (where the plant probably is).

Raytheon is considered the main possible manufacturer internationally, and they have manufacturing facilities north of Adelaide – but no corporate or government website reveals any specific information – it all comes from NGOs and independent researchers:
http://www.southaustralia.biz/Investing-in-SA/Industry-Profiles/Defence.aspx

Anyone with regular contact with the Defense Australia business/government consortium, of course, would have all this information. Especially if they are an invited academic advisor.

David

Add into the mix that South Australia is a southern Hemisphere captial source of uranium, a centre of US DOE radiation research and inculcation, and one can see the dominance of the US military and industrial here as it shapes debate in all spheres of its interest.

South Australia the “Bolt Hole”. Brought to you by movers and shakers with no voting rights in this land.

A land outside the overview of the US Congress and out of the usual sight of US voters.

Off shoring. A method to avoid scrutiny.

Note to self: must write something on Silex.


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