Name Organisation Submission Description Inquiry Focus Areas Link to submission
Cameron Leckie I served as an officer in the Australian Army for 24 years. I believe that our alliance with the United States is detrimental to our national security and as such should be reviewed Environment & Climate Change, Military & Defence Link
William Briggs I feel that the issue warrants a broad analysis from as many concerned people as possible and that I have something to contribute to the discussion. Military & Defence, Economic Link
Keri James For a future Political (Including Democratic Rights), Society & Community  Link
Pamela Collett Profound concern about the consequences of the ANZUS alliance and the current USA proposal to resurrect the First Naval Fleet to be stationed in our region Military & Defence  Link
Linda du Boulay I am frustrated that western society applauds the accomplishments of our war heroes and Anzacs, glorifying murder. Society & Community Link
Glenn Major To define the truth about foreign policy and how reality is distorted by the western media and politicians to believe an alliance with America keeps us safe… Military & Defence Link
Frank Simpson Population growth impacts Society & Community, Economic Link
Noel Stuart Turnbull As a returned servicemen I have had first-hand experience of when our politicians get us into wars at the behest of the US and for no national benefit Military & Defence Link
Rosemary Morrow Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute I am profoundly concerned for the potential of Australia’s foreign policy of alignment with USA to backfire and it is provocative. Foreign Policy Link
Dennis Murphy To point our that Australia does not have an independent foreign policy. Foreign Policy Link
Valerie Joy As a concerned citizen of Australia, I welcome the opportunity to express my opinions on Government policies… Military & Defence Link
John Menadue Military governors headed our first colonial settlements and led the Frontier Wars… Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Impact on First Nations’ Peoples Link
Keri James Australia’s relationship with the USA needs to be independent and peaceful and foreign policy needs to reflect that in the coming years. Political (Including Democratic Rights), Military & Defence Link
Nicholas Deane I am unable to understand why Australia ever agreed to the stationing of US marines in Darwin. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights) Link
Joseph Lenzo Australia needs to be independent in its relationships with any other country Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Economic, Political (Including Democratic Rights) Link
Lyn Lane Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Australian Section WILPF Australia opposes conflict, violence, and global militarisation. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Society & Community Link
Michael Henry Just Peace Queensland The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has publicly given his assurance that Australia will seriously consider supporting the USA… Military & Defence Link
Robin Anne Sevenoaks In order for Australia to become independent and peaceful we must first address the injustices to our First Nations People… Impact on First Nations’ Peoples, Foreign Policy, Economics, Environment, Political (Including Democratic Rights) Link
Peter Duncan & Phipps Jones War Resisters International (Australia) WRI has existed for one hundred years as an anti-militarist organisation opposed… Military & Defence Link
Brian Boyd 2020 ended with an ever evolving pre-war scenario still in play. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Economic, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Society & Community Link
Clem Campbell OAM It is sad that IPAN needs to initiate an inquiry into Australia’s involvement in US-led wars and the US-Alliance Economics Link
Annette Brownlie Being embedded in the policies of the United States has meant that we in Australia… Economics, Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Economic, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Society & Community Link
Casey Davidson After a public inquiry was released about 39 disturbing and barbaric alleged war crimes… Military & Defence Link
David Arthur Pretty Commenting on Australian National Security policy is problematical because the policy is currently so heavily invested… Foreign Policy, Military & Defence Link
Gravener Family The Gravener family has a long history of wartime service in the defence of Australia and other countries… Foreign Policy, Military & Defence Link
Bevan Ramsden 20th March,2021 is 18 years since Australia made the decision to join the United States… Foreign Policy, Military & Defence Link
Greg Rolles During an anti-war protest in 2014 I was assaulted by SAS soldiers. Military & Defence Link
Dennis Murphy The Morrison Government criticises China for building a military base in the South China Sea… Military & Defence Link
Michael Williss Australia must have a capacity for independent decision-making in matters of foreign policy… Environment, Military & Defence Link
Sheila Newman I want to support this inquiry and I disapprove of war generally and Australia’s political… Impact on First Nations’ Peoples, Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Economic, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Society & Community, Environment Link
Colin Mitchell I support an independent and peaceful Australia in foreign policy and in national defense. Foreign Policy Link
Darryl Nelson I am deeply concerned by the racist attitudes of the leaders of Australia’s LNP… Foreign Policy Link
Nick Deane I do not understand why Australia chooses to ally itself with the most violent and militaristic nation on Earth. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence Link
Stephen Horn International Volunteers for Peace (Australia) I am concerned about the consequences of further entrenching the country in a system geared to war… Military & Defence, Society & Community Link
Harry Johnson As the guy who blew the whistle on Watergate said:-“If they’re still at it, I’m still at it.” Military & Defence Link
Jamie Piotrowski Please end Australia’s involvement in wars lead by belligerent war-mongers from the USA… Economic Link
Frank Burton Australia has had a history of supporting imperialist regimes… Foreign Policy Link
James O’Neill All countries have a choice as to whether or not to become involved in a war… Foreign Policy, Military & Defence Link
Bevan Ramsden Australia’s defence policies, have, since before Federation, been based on a principle which might be called strategic dependence. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence Link
Trisha Roberts The US government (no matter what administation) has been dictating foreign policy to Australia… Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Society & Community Link
Marion Jessie Oke I am very concerned about the many negative and increasing impacts of the Australia US alliance. Military & Defence Link
Jane Taylor Years ago I read a pamphlet authorized by Lee Rhiannon from the NSW Upper House which said Australia spends $89 million… Economic, Society & Community Link
John Hermann Australia should have a truly independent foreign policy… Foreign Policy Link
John Hallam People for Nuclear Disarmament The greatest threat to Australian security is right now the threat of global thermonuclear war. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence Link
Derek Burke Spirit of Eureka Spirit of Eureka believes Australia’s political and military affairs are underpinned by US… Economic Link
Robert Dunne Only Fools Talk of War Military & Defence Link
Warren Winton Deep concern over the possibility of Australia being dragged by the US into a nightmare war with China. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence Link
Beth Gordon Australia’s alliance with the United States has taken us as Australian citizens into at least four wars since WWII that have been pointless. Impact on First Nations’ Peoples Link
Name Organisation Submission Description Inquiry Focus Areas Link to submission
Joan and Alan McColl There are not many other options for letting the government know that we think there are better options than pouring money into weapons and so-called defense. Environment & Climate Change LINK
Eileen Whiteheaad Because I am concerned about the continual wars into which Australia is being committed due to its alliance with the United States. Foreign Policy LINK
Frank Simpson Concern about the impact of population growth by immigration on quality of life and the environment. Foreign Policy LINK
Father Claude Mostowik Pax Christi If we are to achieve an Independent and Peaceful Australia we must re-examine
who we are and from where we come
Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Society & Community, Environment & Climate Change, Military & Defence, Impact on First Nations’ Peoples, Unions and Workers’ Rights, Economic LINK
Chris Grgurovic-Vandenberg Australia, according to the Ageless Wisdom teachings, is the first Civilization, continuing with Europe and America, at the cusp of the dawning of the 6th subrace of the 5th Root Race of humanity. Society & Community LINK
Joe Montero The following is based on a considerable amount of accumulated knowledge, plus my own investigation and
analysis over some decades.
Economic, Political (Including Democratic Rights) LINK
Joseph Anthony Camilleri Rethinking Australia’s Place in the World At a transformative moment in human history Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Society & Community, Military & Defence, Impact on First Nations’ Peoples, Economic LINK
Josephine Vallentine For many years, I’ve been concerned about Australia’s lack of sovereignty. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Environment & Climate Change, Military & Defence, Economic LINK
Evan Andrew Hadkins Part of the context is climate change. Having to fit with US commitment to climate change would benefit Australia and the planet. Foreign Policy LINK
Albert M White The prospect of War with China is a terrifying thought. Military & Defence LINK
Colin Mitchell Prospects for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Political (Including Democratic Rights) LINK
Sarah Watson As a former member of the Australian Army, who now suffers significant injuries from Operational
Service in Iraq…
Society & Community LINK
Rita Camilleri The Environment – the air we breathe, the water we drink, the globe’s intricate web of ecosystems, the balance of Nature all have been dealt severe blows resulting from humanity’s activities Environment & Climate Change LINK
Brendan McKeague Pace e Bene Australia We believe that there is also an imperative need to provide sustainable, creative ideas that counteract the multiple deficits of such ‘costs and consequences’. Society & Community LINK
Burt Blackburne & Margaret Williamson The Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church Because this matter is so important to our congregation, Australia the environment and to humanity Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Society & Community, Environment & Climate Change, Military & Defence, Impact on First Nations’ Peoples, Unions and Workers’ Rights, Economic LINK
Margid Bryn-Burns I want to say Thank-You for this opportunity. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Society & Community, Environment & Climate Change, Military & Defence, Impact on First Nations’ Peoples, Unions and Workers’ Rights, Economic LINK
David Harvey I want Australia to be an independent nation with a properly representative democratic system of government. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Society & Community, Environment & Climate Change, Military & Defence, Impact on First Nations’ Peoples, Unions and Workers’ Rights, Economic LINK
Patricia Hovey SEARCH Foundation The SEARCH Foundation congratulates IPAN on this important initiative to hold a public inquiry into the costs of the US Alliance with Australia. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Society & Community, Environment & Climate Change, Military & Defence, Impact on First Nations’ Peoples, Unions and Workers’ Rights, Economic LINK
Roger Keyes I want to make this submission because I feel that the brief and simple content is one that receives little attention in the wider arena. Society & Community LINK
Maya Cifali Before rejecting our commitment to follow US foreign policies, which impact on our current social/commercial/political/strategic decisions, it would be appropriate to reinforce our alliance with other nations. Foreign Policy, Society & Community LINK
Frances Ann Long To encourage the hope and possible alternatives to weapons making industries in terms of employment and training. Unions and Workers’ Rights, Economic LINK
Terry Fitzpatrick I feel that the people of Australia need to speak up before it is too late and we find ourselves at war with China. Society & Community, Economic LINK
Harold Wilkinson Quaker Peace and Legislation Committee It can be quite easy to fall into a mindset that just because something, or some relationship, has been a certain way it can never change. Foreign Policy, Economic LINK
Mia Donovan Increasingly, people in Australia see issue in remaining an uncritical and constant supportive ally of the US. Young Australians have shown high levels of concern about the costs and consequences of the Australia-United States alliance. It is time for Australia to become independent, not reliant on the US. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Society & Community, Military & Defence, Impact on First Nations’ Peoples LINK
Rebecca Buttenshaw Historically since the ANZUS treaty was created in 1951, Australia has only been involved in wars that weren’t ours. Foreign Policy LINK
Lucia Mayo Peace is what humanity needs not war. The cost of WAR to society in human lives and to the environment should be avoided. Foreign Policy LINK
Nick Deane Defending Australia. Armed Neutrality the best option. Military & Defence LINK
Margaret Anne Brown To take part in exchange and dialogue about issues fundamental to the political community of which I am part; to uphold my
responsibility as a citizen…
Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights) LINK
David J Noonan To end Australia’s roles in nuclear war, along with an end to the sale of uranium to nuclear weapons states in breach of NPT nuclear disarmament obligations & Human Rights laws Society & Community, Political (Including Democratic Rights), Impact on First Nations’ Peoples LINK
Dr Marty Branagan Peace Studies, University of New England In this submission, I examine some of the manifold deleterious consequences of maintaining the status quo of the Australian military alliance with the United States. Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights) LINK
Mark Lawlor Society & Community LINK
Mark Taylor We need to secure a healthy, safe and peaceful future for our kids and address some serious failings in our defence and foreign
policy
Foreign Policy LINK
Bevan Ramsden and Shirley Winton Concern that the strong degree of foreign ownership of Australian Industry and resources compromises our ability to gain true
political independence and implementing an independent foreign and defence policy.
Economic LINK
Kathryn Kelly Because the adverse effects of Australia’s subservience to the US is a serious detriment to Australians and to the rest of the
world.
Environment & Climate Change LINK
Michael Anthony Kerswell I Support the IPAN mission for an Independent and Peaceful Australia and I have Reservations about Australia`s Self Defence
Capability.
Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Society & Community, Unions and Workers’ Rights, Economic LINK
Belinda Curtis I believe our voices must combine to ensure our governments do not go to war without full unanimous consent by debate and
voting in parliament. I do not condone any wars.
Foreign Policy, Society & Community LINK
Nick Deane “War is the worst thing in the world. It’s the most insane, most evil, most destructive, least sustainable thing humans do. Ending it
is therefore the most urgent matter.” (Caitlin Johnstone)
Environment & Climate Change LINK
Judy Hemming & Michael McKinley Shakespeare’s Prince of Denmark issues this order: “You go not till I set you up a glass /Where you may see the inmost part of you.” Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Society & Community, Military & Defence, Economic LINK
Kyriacos Kyriacou I want a safe, clean world for my children and grandchildren and all of my fellow citizens. Foreign Policy, Military & Defence LINK
Brian Boyd To share a voice for Independent and peaceful Foreign policies Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Political (Including Democratic Rights) LINK
Jasmine Pilbrow As an Australian citizen, I am deeply uncomfortable and dissatisfied with our country’s lack of independence when it comes to
defence.
Foreign Policy, Military & Defence, Environment & Climate Change, Military & Defence, Impact on First Nations’ Peoples LINK
Cameron Leckie Australia’s alliance with the United States has become detrimental to our national security, sovereignty and prosperity. It is time to
change.
Foreign Policy, Military & Defence LINK
Raymond Hugh Cavenagh There are things I want to say Foreign Policy, Political (Including Democratic Rights) LINK
Bevan Ramsden The Anti-Terrorism Act and other Acts strip us of many civil liberties we thought we had. Political (Including Democratic Rights) LINK
Newcastle Peace Group US military bases extend from one side of the continent to the other and exert considerable influence on our domestic and foreign policy and the way our neighbours view us. Military & Defence, Environment & Climate Change, Impact on First Nations’ Peoples LINK
Bevan Ramsden and Nick Deane The Australian Government has no control over these U.S. military forces and cannot veto any military actions they may take. Military & Defence LINK
Winnifred Louis I welcome the opportunity to make a submission to the inquiry for ‘An independent and peaceful Australia’ concerning social psychological aspects of the Australian-American military relationship. Foreign Policy, Society & Community, Economic LINK
Richard Tanter Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability Foreign policy is the wider framework, concerned with the management of risks external to Australia and the development of the resources and agency to pursue the interests of Australia and its people. LINK