The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) launched its "Give 'Em the Boot" campaign, aimed at ending Australia's Force Posture Agreement with the US and sending US Marines based in Darwin back home, at a "Keep Australia out of US wars" public meeting on July 17.
Spokesperson for Give 'Em the Boot Nick Deane said: "We are seeking support for IPAN's campaign to get US troops out of Darwin. The US Marine Air Ground Task Force there is an attack force, which is proclaimed as 'Ready to fight tonight'.
"These USA Marines are not there to defend Australia: they are under orders from Washington, not Canberra.
"We need to tell the US: 'You can go now'. And the USA Marines won't go unless they are booted out.
"We need people to get involved in the 'Give 'Em the Boot' campaign. That's why we are symbolically collecting boots for delivery to the Australian government.
"We are calling for an end to the Force Posture Agreement with the USA, which authorises the marines to be stationed in Darwin and gives access to USA ships and aircraft to make use of our port facilities.
"We are building a network to campaign against this agreement. Together, we have a chance to build a strong movement against the US-Australia alliance and for a renewed peace movement in this country."
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