Australia's arms industry

Australia's trade in arms: MAPW paper 6, Michelle Fahy, October 2012 (printer version)

No 6 in MAPW's War and Militarism series, this paper, written by researcher and writer Michelle Fahy, looks at Australia's arms export industry, the lack of transparency and information on this significant trade, and the need for international regulation.

Submission to DECO on Defence Trade Controls Regulations

This submission was sent to the Defence Export Control Office in February 2012. It points out the inconsistencies between the proposed bilateral trade between Australia and the United States in defence articles and Australia's intention to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty or ATT.

MAPW submission on Defence Trade Controls Regulations, enabling arms exports to USA

MAPW has made a submission to the Government, critiquing the proposed Defence Trade Controls Regulations and submitting that they would undermine the Arms Trade Treaty which Australia has helped to negotiate.

MAPW submission re draft Defence Trade Controls Regulations 2012: February 2012

MAPW's brief submission notes Australia’s active support for the ATT (Arms Trade Treaty), and submits that MAPW is very disappointed to note the proposed Defence Trade Controls Regulations which are necessary to implement a new defence trade agreement with the USA. These would appear to undermine one of the fundamental components of the ATT – transparency.

New report on sources of funding for proposed Canberra war memorials

The proposed new war memorials on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin have elicited much comment, most of it negative. One of the arguments that has been raised is that much of the funding is likely to come from the weapons industry.

War memorials and the arms industry: Report, September 2011

Two large war memorials are currently being proposed for the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. To build the memorials the Memorials Development Committee need to raise $25 million.

MAPW speaks at protest against Defence and Industry

MAPW's SA branch co-ordinator Dr Amanda Ruler spoke at a protest held in response to a Defence and Industry conference and expo being held at the Adelaide convention centre.

The conference ran from the 27 - 30 of June.

A full transcript of the speech is available here.

Protest against SA Govt defence plans

Event Date: 
Wed, 01/07/2009 - 13:00 - 14:00

In protest against the State Governments wish to make South Australia into "the defence state of Australia", a singing protest has been organised by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (SA).

MAPW: Defence policy ignores public opinion

An MAPW analysis of community submissions on the 2009 Defence White Paper confirms that the report on these submissions ignored a widespread call for peace-making to take priority over military approaches to Australia's security.

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