Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{WE WILL STOP SHOALWATER WAR GAMES} {Notorious Protester Plans to Stop Shoalwater Exercise}; Notorious Protester Plans Hi-Tech Sabotage after Entering Live-Firing Zone

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

{WE WILL STOP SHOALWATER WAR GAMES} {Notorious Protester Plans to Stop Shoalwater Exercise}; Notorious Protester Plans Hi-Tech Sabotage after Entering Live-Firing Zone

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Byline: KIERAN CAMPBELL kieran.campbell@capnews.com.au

ONE of Australia's most notorious protesters will risk his life and a jail sentence to infiltrate Central Queensland's upcoming war games at Shoalwater Bay, about 100km north of Yeppoon.

Bryan Law told The Morning Bulletin he and his group would trek into Shoalwater Bay and set off a GPS beacon to halt the joint Australian and US military exercise, Talisman Saber, which starts on Monday.

About 24,000 troops are expected in Central Queensland during the two-week exercise.

Travelling yesterday from Cairns, Mr Law said his group's protest was more anti-war based and would object to Talisman Saber on a higher level than local environmental protests.

"They can't keep us out," said Mr Law, who has been arrested by Federal Police for a similar protest.

"The area has a long boundary and it's very hard to find people inside there.

"All we've got to do is get a beacon (GPS) to a live firing area and set it off and then ... the exercise should stop.

"That's not terribly hard."

Mr Law received national media attention as part of a protest group that entered Pine Gap spy base, 20km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, in December, 2005.

The protest shut down Pine Gap for five hours. Mr Law was among the four people charged for this under the Defence Act 1952, which carries a maximum jail sentence of seven years with an additional two years for taking photographs within the base.

Mr Law said the group fought the charges through court and each was fined about $1000.

He hopes to stop the Talisman Saber exercise for a lot longer and predicts a 60% chance of doing so.

Mr Law said it would take Australian Federal Police days or weeks to find the protesters and the group would probably face a term of imprisonment when caught.

He said the group of protesters planned to take in camping equipment like sleeping bags, tents or nylon tarps, some food and water purification tools.

"We're certainly going to be letting the Defence Department know we're going into the area, reminding them if we suffer injury because they don't stop the (war) games then they're going to share in the responsibility for what happens. …

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