Archive - 2009

December 16th

MAPW calls for fast track to zero nuclear weapons

MAPW today applauded a new Australia-sponsored report for recognising the destructive potential of nuclear weapons, but criticised the slow pace of disarmament proposed by the report.

MAPW queries Australia's 'no' vote on Gaza Goldstone Report

MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has written to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs expressing concern and asking for information on Australia's recent vote at the UN against adoption of the Goldstone Report on alleged war crimes committed during the Gaza war in December-January 2008-2009.

December 8th

MAPW President Dr Bill Williams : Prospects for peace in Afghanistan

MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has written to Australian Minister for Defence Senator John Faulkner, congratulating the Minister for not committing additional Australian troops to Afghanistan.

December 1st

MAPW Dr Sue Wareham : ACT disability services award for major weapons manufacturer?

MAPW Immediate Past President Dr Sue Wareham has written to ACT Chief Minister Mr John Stanhope concerning the Minister's Award of Excellence for services to people with a disability given to Raytheon Australia. Dr Wareham's letter notes 'there is a terrible irony in the receipt of such an award by a major weapons manufacturer.'

November 24th

MAPW expresses concerns about Three Mile Island radiation leak

The Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) notes with concern the dismissal by authorities of possible health consequences of a radiation leak at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant last weekend.

November 18th

"Hiroshima and the World": Tilman Ruff on building a world free of nuclear weapons

ICANi Chair, NGOi advisor to the ICNNDi and MAPW former President Associate Professor Tilman Ruff writes in major Japanese newspaper Chugoku Shimbun giving a personal reflection on his own experience in Hiroshima 20 years ago and argues for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

MAPW President: 'Nuclear delusions keep mushrooming'

MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has written to Australian PM Kevin Rudd to applaud the PM's 'recently expressed commitment to continue to reject nuclear power as an energy source in Australia'.

October 30th

MAPW urges humanitarian treatment of Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers

MAPW President Bill Williams has written a letter to Immigration Minister Chris Evans, urging that Australia’s response to Sri Lankan asylum seekers be humanitarian, and in accordance with international human rights law.

MAPW supports Bill for parliamentary approval for wars

MAPW has supported a Bill before Australia's Parliament, which would require the Parliament to give approval before Australia sends troops to an overseas war.

October 19th

MAPW President slows down nuclear spin

MAPW President Bill Williams was invited to submit an opinion piece on the future role of nuclear power, to The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald following a prominent article and Age editorial on nuclear power, on Tuesday 13 October.