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Book launch: Peace Crimes
01 Aug 2020 / 10:30am
Untyeyetwelye / Anzac Hill

Book launch: Peace Crimes

Join Kieran Finnane and UQP for the launch of Peace Crimes: Pine Gap, national security and dissent. A compelling investigative account into one of Australia’s most secret security sites and the people who infiltrated it.

We may want peace but most of us are not willing to pay its price.

At the closely guarded and secretive military facility, Pine Gap in Australia’s Northern Territory, police arrest six nonviolent activists. Their crime: to step through a fence, lamenting and praying for the dead of war.

They call themselves Peace Pilgrims. The Crown calls them a threat to national security and demands gaol time. Their political trials, under harsh Cold War legislation, tell a story of obsessive Australian secrecy about the American military presence on our soil and the state’s hardline response to dissent. In Peace Crimes, Alice Springs journalist Kieran Finnane gives a gripping account of what prompts the Pilgrims to risk so much, interweaving local events and their legal aftermath with this century’s disturbing themes of international conflict and high-tech war. She asks, what responsibilities do we have as Australians for the covert military operations of Pine Gap and what are we going to do about them?

This is a free event, and no registration is required. Books will be available to purchase from Red Kangaroo Books.

Saturday 1 August, 10:30am for 11:00am start.

Untyeyetwelye/Anzac Hill


Benedict Kngwarraye Stevens

Peter Coco Wallace Peltharre

Russell Goldflam

Jennifer Taylor

and singer Ruth Apelt

Covid-19 Safety

This outdoor event is going ahead under a Covid-19 safety plan. Please help us all to protect ourselves and one another by respecting that there is a limit to numbers on site – 100 – and I do not have exclusive use of the site.

Households can stand or sit together but everyone else should observe physical distancing.

Formalities will be relatively brief – about half an hour.

Limited seating will be provided for those most in need.

Sanitiser will be available at the book sales desk. Cashless sales are requested.

I will regret not to be able to shake hands, exchange hugs and offer refreshments but will warmly appreciate your presence and interest in the book.

About the author

Kieran Finnane is a founding journalist of the Alice Spring News, established in 1994, now publishing online. She also contributes arts writing and journalism to national publications, including Griffith Review, The Saturday Paper, Artlink and Art Monthly Australasia. Her first book Trouble: on Trial in Central Australia was published by UQP in 2016.