The 2019 Australian International Aerospace & Defence Exposition in Avalon, Victoria, is a global arms trade event.
Subsidised by local, state, and federal taxpayers, the arms expo is managed by Aerospace Australia Limited, a not-for-profit corporation limited by guarantee and registered as a charity.
The Avalon arms expo celebrates companies that develop, manufacture, and export weapons and associated technologies worldwide.
War in Yemen
A number of Avalon exhibitors are associated with weapons and systems that are known or suspected to be used in the war in Yemen. War in Yemen has created today’s biggest humanitarian crisis. After four years of war, Yemenis are dying daily from malnutrition and preventable illness; 85 000 children under five years old have died from hunger.
But for war profiteers, Yemen is a business opportunity.
War is Business
Australian companies continue to sign deals with UAE and Saudi Arabia – actors in the Yemen conflict – and Australian taxpayers are subsidising these very deals.
Taxpayers have provided $36 million of subsidies to one weapons company, EOS, alone. We cannot know how much money other companies have received: it’s kept secret.
Australian companies and our government tell us our exports aren’t being used in Yemen, but they cannot provide evidence. Nor can they properly refute credible reports that weapons exports to UAE are diverted to militias who are accused of war crimes.
Still, the Avalon arms expo “means business” – and that business is war.
We’re calling for an immediate embargo on defence exports to UAE and Saudi Arabia. Sign Save the Children’s petition now.