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Leaflet produced by the Bring The Frigates Home Coalition for a rally on Garden Island

Date: 1991
Dimensions:
Overall: 210 x 146 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Leaflet
Object No: 00037303

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    Description
    A protest leaflet produced by the anti-war group Bring The Frigates Home.
    The leaflet is advertising a protest on Garden Island in Sydney. It reads "No Gulf War. No More Cannon Fodder For The Gulf. Monday, November 12th 7.30 - 9.00 AM Garden Island. Join the peace action to demand that HMAS BRISBANE and HMAS SYDNEY should not be sent to replace the Australian frigates in the Persian Gulf. No Australian forces for United States resources! No blood for oil! A peaceful, negotiated solution - not war!
    The Bring The Frigates Home Coalition meets every Thursday from 6 - 8pm on 2nd floor, 77 Bathurst Street, City. All welcome. "


    SignificancePosters and leaflets such as this were primarily produced to attract attention and encourage citizens opposed to Australian involvement in a war against Iraq to attend a rallies and to demonstrate their opposition. A rally in Sydney rally in mid February 1991 attracted between 200,000 and 300,000 people and was the largest rally seen in Australia since the Vietnam War. It was unprecedented for an anti­war rally to attract so many people prior to the commencement of war.
    HistoryIn late 1990 the Labor Government led by Prime Minister Hawke deployed Australian naval vessels to the Persian Gulf. Following the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in August 1990, a multinational force was formed and Australia naval forces were deployed under the auspices of the United Nations as part of this force. Their role was to intercept vessels attempting to break the trade embargo imposed on Iraq. A RAN clearance diving team was also deployed to the area.
    Ay home, a number of anti - war rallies were organised by a group of people opposed to the war. Various individuals joined together and named their association the 'Bring the Frigates Home Coalition.' The coalition produced a number of flyers making direct reference to the Navy and the vessels HMAS SYDNEY and HMAS BRISBANE.
    These rallies failed to attract significant support form the wider Australian community, this is primarily due to the fact that naval personnel were representing Australia under the United Nations banner.
    The Sydney Peace Squadron consisted of a number of citizens opposed to the
    proliferation of nuclear weapons.This group, along with other splinter groups, took to the water on numerous occasions in dinghies, kayaks and on surfboards to oppose the visits of nuclear warships to Australian waters. Naval vessels from France, Britain and the United States were the primary targets of protest actions. The group was most active during the 1980's when the anti-nuclear movement was at its peak. Members of the group also protested during the 1990s and when naval personnel were deployed to the Persian Gulf in early 2003.

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