End the Avalon Air Show Arms Fair - MAPW concerns presented to Victorian Legislative Council - March 8 2017

MAPW is calling for the Avalon International Airshow to no longer promote the sale of weapons. Over 400 people signed a petition calling on the State Government of Victoria to no long support the airshow financially. The Petition has been presented to Daniel Andrews office.

We are grateful to Sue Pennicuik MLC, for raising the issue in the Parliament.

Parliament Needs to Decide If We Go to War - letter published by Dr Sally Attrill, MAPW Branch Convenor, Tasmania

I agree strongly with Lorraine Davie’s letter. It is time Australian legislation is changed so that our Cabinet does not have the power to join us in a war, without approval by parliament, except perhaps in very exceptional circumstances such as a direct attack on Australia.

Read the MAPW submission to the Foreign Affairs & Trade White Paper on Foreign Policy - submitted February 28 2017

On 28th February 2017, MAPW made a submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade white paper on Australian Foreign Pollicy. 

(Click here to read the submission in full).

The key recommentations are as follows,

Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Arms Makers : Letter by Dr Sue Wareham Canberra Times March 12 2017

David Wroe’s article “The RAAF revolution: Drones” (CT, 5 March) is interesting for what it doesn’t say rather than for what it does. Wroe gave significant space to the views from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), but did not disclose a significant conflict of interest, in that ASPI is part funded by the very industry whose products it was spruiking.

With Donald Trump in power, Australia urgently needs to re-evaluate its US bases - Sydney Morning Herald 2 February 2017

Recent changes to the US National Security Council (NSC) should be ringing loud alarm bells in Canberra.

Ten more questions about Australia’s nuclear waste - February 2017

1. Is the waste dump needed for nuclear medicine to continue?

No. The government is confusing the nuclear waste we have now with nuclear waste they are planning to make in the future.


Avalon Air Show used to be just an air show, and now it promotes military might and weapons dealing. An expanding arms trade ultimately harms communities and nations. Please return it to just an air show, and stop the arms trade being promoted at this event.

The Turnbull government must keep Australia out of US wars

Australian foreign policy and defence forces are too closely enmeshed with the US, according to a group of health professionals. 

Why is Australia not fully behind efforts to prohibit nuclear weapons?

Opinion article by Dr Sue Wareham, Canberra Times,  published December 29th 2016

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