MAPW has serious concerns about provisions proposed in the Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergencies) Bill 2020. There are very troubling elements in the bill that could seriously undermine human rights – such as the right to dissent. The bill appears to be leading us to a more militarised society, and […]
Australia and war
In this global crisis, it’s healthcare workers – not soldiers – who are on the frontlines, and it’s clear that the true security of our community depends on a commitment to health and welfare for all. Our task at MAPW is to translate this new awareness into a fundamental reimagining of Australia’s notions of “security”.
In the lead-up to Remembrance Day, there are renewed calls for the Australian War Memorial to dissociate itself from the arms companies that supply the repressive and murderous Saudi Arabian government. Lockheed Martin is one of those companies. It has a new three-year deal with the Memorial which, “this year focus[ed] on initiatives commemorating the […]
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived and the media frenzy has erupted, fuelled by news of the royal pregnancy. As media coverage goes, the Invictus Games team couldn’t have managed it any better. Yet, when it comes to the actions of the royal family, all that glisters is not gold. (Originally published at […]
Health professionals in Australia have strongly criticised the government for preaching respect for international law in Syria, while practising the opposite. Australia strongly endorses attacks on Syria by the US, the UK and France which violate international law, given they are neither conducted in self-defence nor authorised by the UN . Claims by Foreign Minister […]
This week marks the 15th anniversary, on March 20, of one of Australia’s most disastrous foreign policy decisions – our involvement in the invasion of Iraq. To characterise this as “our” involvement however does a great disservice to the millions of Australians who were vehemently opposed to the decision that was made by just one […]