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Petals for peace

Date: 2003
Dimensions:
Overall: 40 x 120 x 130 mm, 12 g
Medium: Rose petals, plastic, paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Fremantle Anti Nuclear Group
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Petal
Object No: 00047702

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    Description
    We have here a clear plastic packet of dried rose petals sold by the Fremantle Anti Nuclear Group to 'help end US naval nuclear visits to our coast '. Rose petals have long been a symbol of non-violence and harmony.
    SignificanceThis material documents the beliefs of those opposed to US naval visits and the war in Iraq. The petals were scattered to promote harmony and peace.
    HistoryThe US Navy has regularly docked at Australian ports during overseas deployments and Fremantle, Western Australia is a regular R&R stop for the USN. This material was produced by FANG who organised the 'Stop the Sea Swap' campaign in about 2003. The Sea Swap program involves flying US naval personnel to Western Australia to replace the existing crew (who are flown home). The program involves an almost total changeover of a warship crew while the ship is in a foreign port. This system is cost efficient and designed to save fuel, money and time, keping the ships on station for longer and reducing the time in steaming back to the US.

    Australian advocates of the program argued that it stimulates the local WA economy with the sailors spending and local businesses involved in repairs and maintenance. The Fremantle Anti-Nuclear Group - FANG - was founded in 1999 to oppose the nuclear industry and promote safe energy alternatives for Fremantle. This opposition includes visiting nuclear warships.

    FANG was vocal in its opposition to the Sea Swap program arguing that by providing facilities for US warships, Australia was actively supporting preparations for war against Iraq and were more likely to be targetted by terrorists. FANG produced this material to attract attention, to provoke thought and to encourage attendance at peace rallies.

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