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Campaigns opposing nuclear warships were not only present in Australia, but also New Zealand and throughout the entire Pacific region. Born out of opposition to French nuclear testing in the area and spurred on by visiting US nuclear warships, protest campaigns were widespread in the 70s and 80s. The ban on nuclear ships has been a central pillar of New Zealand's foreign policy ever since the country was declared a nuclear-free area in 1984. On the other hand, around the same period the Australian government was renewing its commitment to the ANZUS treaty. Opposition to this stance grew stronger here at this time as well. In Australia visiting warships were met with opposition, especially in the Fremantle port. Actions involved sending peace flotillas to greet the American ships and union bans to limit the number of ships that could enter but there are also recorded instances of pig blood being thrown on deck and graffiti done by an scuba diver on the side of incoming ships. This particular badge was used in an anti-warship protest in Melbourne. It was acquired during the development of a peace exhibition, curated by Ron Vanderwal during the International Year of Peace, 1986.

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Circular metal badge. Yellow blackground with black writing. Image of a warship on top and a peace sign/CND logo on the lower half.

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