US militarism: what are the costs to Australia? by Margaret Beavis

 When it comes to the defence of Australia, much is made of the ANZUS treaty.

Nuclear Double Speak - Letter Canberra Times - Tuesday 31 October 2017

David Wroe's article on nuclear instability ("Unstable days as nuclear club fall out", October28, Forum, p4) quotes a former long-serving Pentagon official, who describes the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as "hopelessly quixotic". This is the equivalent of asking a tobacco company about cigarette taxes.

Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores

COMMENT by RUSSELL GOLDFLAM

Published by Alice Springs News - 16 October 2017

A Nobel Peace Prize born in Australia

Australians can be very proud. The winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICANi), started in Melbourne. It began when the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) recognised that nuclear weapons, the very worst of the weapons of mass destruction, were still "legitimate".

ICAN awarded Nobel Peace Prize - Australia must now sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Saturday 7 October 2017

The Medical Association for Prevention of War congratulates ICANi for winning the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. 

Australia MUST sign nuclear disarmament treaty

Today the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) opens for signature at the United Nations. This treaty was adopted in July this year with the support of 122 nations. The treaty prohibits development, testing, production, possession, use, or threatened use of nuclear weapons.

Ban treaty is a “significant forward step” toward elimination of nuclear weapons

 [The following joint statement has been released by IPPNWi of which MAPW is an afiliate, the World Medical Association, the International Council of Nurses, and the World Federation of PublicHealth Associations. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opens for signature at the United Nations on September 20, 2017.]

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON CERTAIN CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS 

War with North Korea would be a catastrophe; PM should tell parliament his plans for looking after civilians in the event of war

The raised tensions between North Korea and the United States must be addressed by Australia in a manner that reduces tensions rather than inflates them.

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