GRAEME Dunstan hosted an "anti-militarisation speak out" this morning, where he talked about the consequences for "permanent war".

The notorious peace protestor held the event across from Rockhampton's pre-polling centre on Archer St.

Mr Dunstan made a brief speech before inviting others to have their say.

"Although we have escalating military spending in a time when they are saying there is no money in the kitty for health and education, they can commit $90 million to build a fleet of submarines we don't really want," he said.

"I went straight from high school to Royal Military College, so I got to know a lot of about the military and I got to know I didn't like it.

"It introduced me to military history, and I have been deep in the reading of the cause of the first World War. I live in the fear that we may again create another conflict like that."

Mr Dunstan said his grandchildren, and the idea of what their future could look like, was what motivated him to speak out.

"I have grandchildren, and when I look into their eyes they are the joy of my life. There aren't too many joys for old men," he said.

"I think… what future? And I know what the risks are of permanent war. I know what the risk of militarisation of our culture is, and I don't want this for them. I want something better.

"I want a country that takes pride in peaceful resolution of conflict rather than marching into conflict areas and pretending it can punch over its weight forever…

"It is only a matter of time before they are clobbered… they will bring enemies to our shores. Think about the consequences of permanent war."



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