Australia's Defence White Paper a military victory

Australia’s Defence White Paper was released on 2 May, following the Community Consultation report two weeks ago.

MAPW urges PM Kevin Rudd to end the conflict in Sri Lanka

MAPW has written to PM Kevin Rudd urging him to call on both sides to end the conflict in Sri Lanka.

In the letter, MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham calls for protection of civilian lives by:

Hunter's Hill uranium smelter site: NSW Government report welcomed

30 APRIL 2009. The NSW Government has released its response to the NSW Legislative Council report regarding the former uranium smelter site at Hunters Hill in Sydney. The response accepts the need for comprehensive characterisation and clean-up of contaminated areas.

MAPW Vice-President Tilman Ruff has welcomed the report. Tilman was invited as a witness to the enquiry.

MAPW’S Dr Bill Williams imagines abolition

30 APRIL 2009. MAPW Vice-President Dr Bill Williams has had a feature published in Online Opinion this week.

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.