Tea and cake for Grannies in Shoalwater Bay protest

As part of Peace Convergence 2015 'Quaker Grannies for Peace' have set up a tea table blockading the access road to Samuel Hill military base being used for the Talisman Sabre military exercises.

"Our Quaker peace testimony from 1661 says 'We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fighting with outward weapons for any end or under any pretence whatsoever." said the Grannies.

They have set up a table and chairs and prepared tea and cake in order to engage in dialogue with military personnel.

"Negotiation is not currently part of the war rehearsals, so we are drawing attention to this missing element," said Grandmother of thirteen, Quaker Helen Bayes.

" It essential to achieve peace."

Another Granny said they were asking soldiers to consider how trading partners like China viewed the exercise. 

Professor Richard Tanter from the Nautilus Institute said the increased militarisation that the US-Australian military alliance brings, "these policy and force structure changes may well be, from a Chinese perspective, that Australia is not so much hosting US military bases, but is becoming a virtual American base in its own right".

Quaker Granny Dawn Joyce said they came "with the conviction that a world of increasingly destructive weaponry threatens our continued existence and that nonviolent strategies are essential to our survival".

There are now over eight activists in the Talisman Sabre live training area in Shoalwater Bay.

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