Cairns Socialist Alliance candidate says no to nuclear
Queensland Senate candidate Renee Lees expressed her “total opposition” to the proposed nuclear submarines during a media conversation outside the Cairns Cruise Terminal on September 21.
Lees, who is running for the Socialist Alliance, was backed by Cairns City Councilor and Socialist Alliance member Rob Pyne.
“The cost of the submarines is over $ 100 billion,” Lees said in a press release. “We would serve our country and our region much better by spending this on health and education, rather than a military enterprise to support US interests in Asia-Pacific.”
Lees said Green Left that Australia should aim to be a “productive partner in our region”, rather than a “colonial tyrant”. She also contrasted the Australian government’s dismal record on climate action and poverty reduction with its enthusiasm for military belligerence.
Pyne will bring forward a motion for a nuclear-free Cairns at the next council meeting. He said Green Left that Cairns is strategically located on the Pacific Rim. “The name of the ocean – ‘Pacific’ – comes from the word peaceful,” he said. “We want to be a peaceful city, not a nuclear city. “
Noting that Cairns has a large Chinese population, he said Green Left that “the Chinese are our friends, we don’t want a conflict with China.”