Australia's arms industry

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.

Analysis, submissions to Community Consultation, Defence White Paper: MAPW 2009

MAPW staff and volunteers undertook to read submissions made to the 2009 Community Consultation, after they were referred to dismissively by the Panel's report.

Defence Minister Fitzgibbon and conflict of interest

Following the resignation of Joel Fitzgibbon as Defence Minister, this letter from MAPW EO Nancy Atkin was published in the The Age:

Joel Fitzgibbon has stood down over conflicts of interest. But his failure to understand such conflicts was already clear in the Minister’s handling of the Defence White Paper process.

Australia's Defence - where are we headed? June 2009

A joint discussion with MAPW and the Nautilus Institute (RMIT University) about the Defence White Paper and Australia's future military and nuclear power policies.

MAPW reply: Defence White Paper Community Consultation - April 2009

MAPW took seriously the offer to participated in the Defence Department's Community Consultation leading up to the 2009 Defence White Paper.

Defence Consultation shows major bias: MAPW

On Wednesday 15 April, the Department of Defence released the report on its Defence White Paper Community Consultation: Looking over the horizon: Australians consider defence.

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