News

MAPW attending UN Nuclear Non Proliferation meeting

30 APRIL 2009. MAPW Vice-Presidents (and ICANi Board Members) Tilman Ruff and Ruth Mitchell are headed for New York where they will attend the NPTi PrepCom (the 2009 United Nations Preparatory Committee for next year’s review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty).

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.

MAPW calls on PM to support peace in Afghanistan

16 APRIL 2009. MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham OAM has written to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, urging that Australia support a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and withdraw Australian soldiers from the region, together with rebuilding of the country.

Calling for complete abolition of nuclear weapons

8 APRIL 2009. Calling for complete abolition of nuclear weapons through a convention, MAPW Vice President and Associate Professor Tilman Ruff joined former PM Malcolm Fraser, General Peter Gration, Lieutenant General John Sanderson, Barry Jones and Sir Gus Nossal to publish an article in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. 

MAPW raises nuclear awareness at national peace events on Palm Sunday

SUNDAY 5 APRIL 2009. MAPW speakers were guests at successful Palm Sunday rallies in both Melbourne and Sydney, with Tasmanian members coordinating a Palm Sunday vigil in Hobart.

In Melbourne, ICANi organiser Jessica Morrison chaired the peace event. Speakers included MAPW Vice President and ICANi Board member Dr Ruth Mitchell.

MAPW members invited to address nuclear inquiry

MELBOURNE, WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 2009. Dr Sue Wareham OAM. speaking as MAPW President and submission author, was one of six of experts invited to a Round Table with the Committee inquiring into Australia's nuclear treaties.

(See 9 December story for inquiry background.) Associate Professor Tilman Ruff participated on behalf of ICANi.

World physicians issue medical appeal to Obama, Medvedev

MONDAY 23 MARCH 2009: On the eve of Prime Minister Rudd’s meeting with US President Barack Obama, more than 300 of the world’s top physicians have written to the US and Russian Presidents.

Time to upgrade Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone treaties

MELBOURNE, 9 DECEMBER. Australia's nuclear treaties Inquiry offers a chance to call for a strengthened South Pacific Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone, MAPW members heard last night.

Associate Professor Michael Hamel-Green, Australia's foremost expert on nuclear weapons-free zones (NWFZs), was the guest speaker at a well-attended Victorian Branch dinner. 

Parliamentary Inquiry into Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

(UPDATED 24 MARCH 2009) Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has published 78 public submissions to its Inquiry into all the international nuclear treaties involving Australia.

Polynesian nuclear workers criticise French compensation offer

French nuclear veterans have strongly criticised a proposed new law covering compensation for survivors of French nuclear testing in Algeria and French Polynesia. The law would cover former nuclear workers and military personnel whose health was affected by French nuclear tests - but survivors say few people would be eligible.