Political activist plans protests at Talisman Saber open day
POLITICAL activist Graeme Dunstan's plans to hold protests at the Talisman Saber 2013 Open Day won't be stopped as long as they are done safely, an Australian Defence Force representative said yesterday.
An ally of the late peace campaigner Bryan Law, Graeme has planned the inaugural Bryan Law Tricycle Races on the same day as the open day to go along with his planned protests.
The open day will be held from 11.30am on July 14 at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.
ADF spokesman Brigadier Bob Brown said protection measures would be in place on the open day, and he said Australians had the right to voice their opinion.
"With protesters they're quite entitled to their own view," he said.
"All we'd say is do it safely and don't endanger your lives or the lives of our troops.
"They're quite entitled to do that just as long as they do it in a peaceful way."
The biennial open day gives local people an opportunity to see some of the equipment used in the exercise and meet troops.
On the day the United States celebrate their independence, Paul Bambrick is calling for Australia do the same.
Mr Bambrick wants Australia to distance itself from the US and be independent of US wars and spies.
He is holding an Independence From America Speak Out protest at Western Barracks, Caroona St, Rockhampton from 11am today.