Stand Fast speak-out
On August 13, Stand Fast’s Graeme Dunstan organised a highly successful speak-out in front of Townsville’s Lavarack Barracks, one of the Australian Army’s largest bases. There was a good turn out of local supporters, 14 in total including a British veteran of Cyprus, Jenny Stirling from the Greens and David Lowe from the Socialist Alliance. The speak-out had a good media response with all local news media represented. Media included ABC Radio Townsville (12.30 pm Friday news plus a drive time interview), extensive coverage WIN and Seven TV news (long, maybe two-minute segments) and page 4 of the Townsville Bulletin. The speak-out did not receive any abuse from troops entering or leaving the barracks and from the speak-out Stand Fast has built important contacts with people who are able to get Stand Fast’s message directly to soldiers.