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.
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AWM DIRECTOR HAS ACCEPTED PAYMENTS FROM WEAPONS MAKER
The Guardian has confirmed Australian War Memorial director, Dr Brendan Nelson, has personally received payments from weapons maker Thales.
Dr Nelson has been paid an undisclosed amount for his role on a Thales advisory board.
Dr Nelson has accepted sponsorship of the AWM from Thales and other major weapons companies.
Dr Nelson denies any conflict of interest. He says his board role and payment received ministerial approval, and that he has donated his Thales fee to the AWM.
The Medical Association for Prevention of War reiterates its position that AWM sponsorship by weapons companies is contemptible.
Confirmation that Dr Nelson is also in a position to personally benefit from weapons companies compounds the issue.
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