12: Feminism on Aboriginal Land: The 1983 Pine Gap Women’s Peace Camp, Central Australia


The 1983 Pine Gap Women’s Peace Camp held in central Australia was inspired by Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in the UK and conceived as one of its international support actions. In this chapter, however, I want to reorient this origin story to remember it as a protest site on Aboriginal land rather than one primarily derived from Greenham Common. Protest camps are capable of holding multiple meanings and reorienting the focus can produce new insights and engagements. This particular feature, of Australia’s relatively recent colonising history, differentiates the politics of Australian protest camps from other global protests. Taking three key ‘scenes’ from the archives of the Pine Gap protest camp around racism, men and policing, this chapter constructs key encounters between women protestors through their entanglements and engagements while doing feminism on Aboriginal land.

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Feminism and Protest Camps
Entanglements, Critiques and Re-Imaginings