Peace activist fined $940 for Talisman Saber trespass

AS Graeme Dunstan left the Rockhampton Magistrates Court dock yesterday, he raised the two philosophical fingers that got him into trouble.

Dunstan made the peace sign, a gesture he has used passionately for more than 30 years during times of war and disruption.

The "nomad", as he was described by friends, yesterday faced Rockhampton Magistrates Court, along with fellow peace activist Greg Rolles, after the pair was arrested trying to stop a military convoy from training in exercise Talisman Saber 2013 at Shoalwater Bay.

Dunstan pleaded guilty to trespassing on Commonwealth land, possessing a camera without lawful authority and breaching a bail condition.

The court heard Dunstan, 71, earlier this week snuck into the Shoalwater Bay training area, where he was found with more than 20 military operation photos on his mobile camera device.

His defence lawyer David Mills told Magistrate Barry Cosgrove Dunstan did so to highlight the global need to stop wars, including military training exercises.

The court heard Dunstan had been a peace practitioner for 38 years.

Mr Mills described Dunstan as someone who didn't thrust forward or show any violence when promoting his cause.

Mr Cosgrove said Australia was a free country and Dunstan had every right to promote his cause.

For all three charges, Mr Cosgrove fined Dunstan $940.

He was warned if he didn't pay them within 28 days he would spend 10 days in prison.

Rolles's matter was adjourned to August 8 for mention.



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