The Australian War Memorial accepts sponsorship from the world's largest weapons makers.
Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, BAE, Raytheon, and Thales are amongst the largest multinational weapons companies on earth.
They provide cash and in-kind sponsorship of the Australian War Memorial.
These companies reap enormous profits from war. For them, ongoing warfare leads to greater business success.
They have no place in a memorial to our war dead.
Join our campaign to get people with vested interests in war out of our War Memorial.
We presented evidence to the parliamentary standing committee for public works' inquiry into the proposed half-billion dollar expansion of the AWM.
Our evidence counters the AWM assertion that the memorial provides an effective therapeutic milieu for veterans suffering serious mental health issues as a result of war service.
Read a more detailed analysis of post-traumatic stress and moral injury here.
MAPW opposes the proposed AWM redevelopment. We believe that the additional prominent displays of military machinery would entrench a narrow, militaristic view of Australia’s history and heritage, and the redevelopment would continue the marginalisation of critically important aspects of Australia’s wars.
Not Fitting, not Dignified
We've met with new AWM Director, Matthew Anderson, and provided a brief on the convictions and allegations of corruption, human rights abuses, and war crimes against major AWM sponsors.
Brendan Nelson takes job with Boeing, weeks after stepping down as head of Australian War Memorial
Former director Brendan Nelson has taken a senior job with Boeing, a company that gave corporate sponsorship to the AWM. MAPW is quoted as describing the sponsorship as "contemptible".
AWM consultation a box-ticking exercise
The process had the hallmarks of being rushed, poorly executed and, really, not all that important to the Memorial. Boxes about public consultation will be ticked, and the remaking of the AWM will thunder on.
MAPW has submitted a comment under section 74(3) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 on the Memorial’s proposed $498 million redevelopment.
We demean our history when we turn the Australian War Memorial into Disneyland
Read Paul Daley's column in the Guardian, with comment from MAPW VP Dr Margie Beavis.
Emphasising commemoration at the expense of the living?
AWM funding conflict concerns
Should arms dealers really be funding the Australian War Memorial?