Economic issues

The problem of arms fairs: MAPW and partners, 2008

In August 2008, an arms fair planned for Adelaide, South Australia, was cancelled after public protest and a growing campaign to protest at the fair. Three weeks later, an arms fair planned for Ottawa in Canada was cancelled after a public campaign. This fact sheet is No 5 in a series on the global arms trade, and looks at the role of these weapons trade fairs.

The economic cost of militarism: MAPW and partners, 2008

This fact sheet looks at military budgets, major arms exporting countries, and the comparative costs of human health and welfare. It is No 4 in a series on the global weapons trade.

Economic issues

The costs of war are astronomical, not just in terms of people and the environment.

The effects of sanctions on the civilian community of Iraq - 1998

Ullrich Gottstein's slide presentation demonstrates the vast impacts on the Iraqi people after 1990, including issues of food, education, casualties and more. He visited Iraq in 1998.

Health care not warfare. MAPW: Dr Sue Wareham - 2004

This 2004 report by MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham argues that the health and welfare of Australians have been sacrificed by policies that confuse security with military power, and divert funding from health care to killing. It compares in detail the Australian budget for military and other needs.

Professor Peter Underwood

Position within MAPW: 
Former Coordinator, Western Australia Branch
Contact: 

wa [at] mapw [dot] org [dot] au
or via MAPW Executive Officer: (03) 9023 1958 or 0431 475 465

Professional Qualifications: 
MD; MRCP; FRACGP; DCH; DRCOG
Current field of medicine: 

Health Consultant; Adjunct Professor, Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy, Murdoch University, WA; writer

Special areas of interest: 
Primary Health Care policy, practice, research and evaluation; international and community health; medical education and training; medical anthropology and social medicine; ecological and environmental public health; sustainable health systems.
Background: 

Professor Underwood has worked in Australia and overseas, practicing and teaching general practice; and as a teacher, consultant and researcher in health, health policy and overseas development. He is a writer and broadcaster whose other interests include farming and the environment.

Dr Sue Wareham OAM

Position within MAPW: 
President and ACT Branch Coordinator
Contact: 

sue [dot] wareham [at] mapw [dot] org [dot] au
or via MAPW Executive Officer: (03) 9023 1958 or 0431 475 465

Current field of medicine: 

Dr Wareham is a general practitioner in Canberra.

Special areas of interest: 
Dr Wareham has a broad range of expertise. Her recent focus with MAPW has been on Australia's military strategy; and on the environmental costs of war. She is also an expert on the hazards of the nuclear industry.
Background: 

Dr Sue Wareham first became involved in MAPW over 20 years ago out of a "horror at the destructive capacity of a single nuclear weapon." Sue notes that "millions of innocent people are still threatened by these weapons". Sue believes that her work with MAPW is fundamental to her commitment to the protection of human life and the improvement of human well-being. In 2007 Dr Wareham co-authored a MAPW report on the use of cluster munitions in Lebanon.She has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her work for peace.

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