Peak health organisations, representing hundreds of thousands of members, have signed on to a call for Australia to commit to signing the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The current government has refused to sign this ground-breaking global agreement, and the ALP’s position is expected to be a highly contentious issue at […]
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 […]
Douglas Newton is a well respected historian and has written this powerful piece regarding the funding of the Australian War Memorial. “This weekend the nation will mark the centenary of the Armistice of 1918. This year the weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin has a “partnership” with the Australian War Memorial to support the commemorations. In recent […]
MICHELLE FAHY. Invictus Games, glossing over inconvenient truths-the arms trade and the British royals
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 […]
A silent peace vigil with the theme of “Honour Them – Promote Peace” planned for this Remembrance Day, has been refused. This refusal marginalises the peace message. Help us overturn this decision. Please join us in making your views known to: NCA at [email protected] the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson at […]
Canberra citizens are planning a Gathering for Peace on Anzac Parade on Remembrance Day, to stand in silent commemoration of those Australians and others who suffered the horrors of World War 1, with the message “Honour Them – Promote Peace”. However the National Capital Authority is denying permission for such a gathering. In response to […]
Full marks for Stephanie Dowrick’s article “War — what is it good for?” (July 21, Forum p10). Dowrick rightly identifies Australia’s failure to invest financially in peace rather than war. Our funding for diplomacy has been slashed, while funding for war sky-rockets. The poor old weapons industry even gets a leg-up with government subsidies, despite […]
Dr Margaret Beavis (MAPW National Secretary), Dr Michael Keem (MAPW Vice President, and Vic Branch Convenor) and Ms Lobna Alukaidey, (President of the MAPW Student Group), recently met with Professor Chris Manzie, Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Director of the Melbourne Information, Decision and Autonomous Systems (MIDAS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne. […]
Full marks for Stephanie Dowrick’s article “War — what is it good for?” (July 21, Forum p10). Dowrick rightly identifies Australia’s failure to invest financially in peace rather than war. Our funding for diplomacy has been slashed, while funding for war sky-rockets. The poor old weapons industry even gets a leg-up with government subsidies, despite […]
To hear Brendan Nelson tell it, arms manufacturers have a patriotic duty to fund the Australian War Memorial. It’s about “completing the loop”, he says. And it’s certainly not crass. “You need to know that the man on behalf of BAE Systems with whom I negotiated the sponsorship of our theatre, the BAE Systems Theatre, […]
Australians do not “remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war”. Perhaps such an understanding in the case of the Frontier Wars might raise extremely uncomfortable questions about the implications for modern day Australia and our approach to warfare, or perhaps a focus on the Frontier Wars against the first people of Australia simply […]
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-22/the-drum-tuesday-may-22/9788900 Host: Ellen Fanning Panel: Kerry Chikarovski, Margo Kingston, Michael Biercuk and Paul Bongiorno Interview with: Dr Carolyn Holbrook The panel discusses Pauline Hanson’s decision to withdraw support for the Coalition’s company tax cuts, the scrutiny over Australian War Memorial’s operations, and the landmark ruling against Archbishop Philip Wilson. Starts at 20:38, for 16 mins
It is far from reassuring to hear President Trump proclaim that he and Putin control more than 90 per cent of the world’s nuclear weapons. These weapons constitute a major hazard to world peace and health. Are they in safe hands? It is time for Australian politicians to reconsider our decision not to sign the […]
War Memorial should ditch weapons manufacturers: Anti war organisation – by Sally Whyte, Canberra Times, 21 May 2018
In this article, published in the Canberra Times and the Age on 21 May 2018, Dr Sue Wareham OAM, (MAPW National President) explains why Australia’s national war memorial should promote peace and refuse financial sponsorship from war profiteerers such as BAE Systems. You can read the text of the article below, or click here to access […]
We have launched a new petition calling on the Australian Labor Party (ALP) to commit to signing and ratifying the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The ALP is currently finalising their policy platform to take to the next federal election. The ALP is in the process of deciding their position on […]
On May 9th 2018, an important new article was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and the Doomsday Clock – The End of Nuclear Weapons or the End of Us?”, co-authored by ICAN’s founding chair and former MAPW (Australia) President, Assoc Professor Tilman Ruff. The NEJM has a […]
There are weapons worse than chemical ones After more than seven years of appalling and highly complex conflict, Syria is increasingly a proxy for a new Cold War. Outrage about use of weapons of mass destruction does not make counter attack legal, and increases the risk of escalation. Chemical weapons inspectors arrived on Saturday to […]
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 […]
At a ceremony held at Nara Peace Park in Canberra, MAPW National President Dr Sue Wareham was awarded the inaugural Chief Minister’s Rotary Peace Prize on Friday 23rd February. The awarding of this prestigious prize coincided with the unveiling of the Rotary Peace Bell, a symbol of remembrance to all those who have lost their […]
Please support our goal of getting Australia to sign and ratify the nuclear weapons ban treaty. Please sign the statement “As an Australian health care professional, I want my government to support the nuclear weapons ban treaty”. The statement is below, and you can read and endorse it by email here. An even bigger help […]
MAPW has written to Resources Minister Matthew Canavan and to the CEO of ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, the nuclear regulatory body) Dr Carl-Magnus Larsson, setting out in detail our concerns in relation to: the divisive and misleading way in which a location for a national radioactive waste management facility is being […]
published on 8th February 2018 on the Australian Institute of International Affairs website. The Australian government’s recent decision to adopt an ambitious new defence manufacturing plan has met with controversy. Far beyond most job-creation initiatives, Malcolm Turnbull’s plan has international ramifications. The arms trade, in which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants Australia to play a leading […]
Published by the Hobart Mercury, 8th February 2018 Last Friday the Peace Boat brought survivors to Hobart to describe their ordeals and ask us to help. Tanaka, a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 by U.S atomic bombs, described the enormous, instant, long lasting destruction of people and land. A farmer whose family […]
Written 07/02/2018 International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNWi) joins the World Medical Association in expressing grave concern over the arrests of leaders of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA). We concur with the statement of WMA President Dr. Yoshitake Yokokura, who said, in part, “The WMA fully supports our Turkish colleagues in their […]
Published by johnmenadue.com Pearls and Irritations, 5 February 2018 PM Turnbull’s push to make Australia a major weapons exporter puts paid to any pretence we might have of being a peace-loving nation. And his claim that it’s all about jobs is a sham. War profiteering is one of the least effective ways to create jobs. […]
(Published by The Guardian, 6 February 2018) International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons founder describes weapons review as ‘a chilling document’ that echoes cold war era. Australia’s Nobel peace laureate says America’s aggressive new nuclear policy is “a blueprint for nuclear war” that returns the world to a cold war mentality. Tilman Ruff, the founding […]
(Published by The Age – letters page 5 February 2018) Over the years Australia has sold guns to government institutions in Papua New Guinea, which have sold them on to criminals in the civilian population. Armed violence now makes PNG one of the world’s most dangerous countries for its own citizens and for visitors. Australia […]
MEDIA RELEASE issued Thursday, 1 February 2018 The Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) has expressed its grave concern at the arrests by the Turkish Government of all 11 members of the Turkish Medical Association’s Central Council for their statement on the public health consequences of war. MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham said, “MAPW in Australia […]
Published by the Hobart Mercury,31 January 2018 This is the 96th voyage of the ‘Peace Boat’, since its first trip in 1983. During that time it has visited over 120 ports in more than 80 countries. The current ship, the Ocean Dream, carries 800-1000 passengers on a different type of cruise to normal. During the […]
There’s no cause for celebration in exporting death and destruction – by Dr Sue Wareham, President, MAPW
Canberra Times Letters to the Editor: published 30 January 2018 The announcement that Australia is attempting to be a major arms exporter (“Major defence boost”, canberratimes.com.au, January 29) makes a mockery of any pretence we might have to being a peace-loving nation. A country doesn’t try to destroy the market for the products it’s flogging. […]
During Senate estimates in October last year, the Australian government dug further into the deep and dark moral abyss in which it is stuck in relation to the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons. In questioning by Tasmanian Labor Senator Lisa Singh, DFAT Assistant Secretary Richard Sadleir sought to explain the circumstances in which under […]
Opinion article by Dr Margaret Beavis, – board member of ICAN (Australia) and the Medical Association for Prevention of War. Published by the Canberra Times on January 1st 2018 As we look back on the past year, one issue that abruptly came into focus was nuclear weapons. On the one hand, North Korea aggressively tested […]
Letter to the Editor, written by Dr Sue Wareham, President, Medical Association for Prevention of War, Canberra. Published by the Canberra Times on December 30 2017 Australia has joined other nations in not imposing economic sanctions on the military of Myanmar for its atrocities against the Rohingya people, because they would damage the nation’s vulnerable […]
Friday 2 February 12:30-2pm Parliament Lawns, Salamanca Place. In the event of wet weather, we will move the event into Parliament House. Free event. Register here. Speakers: Senator Lisa Singh Miyake Nobuo Kenichi Hasegawa Karina Lester Scott Ludlam MC: Leanne Minshull, The Australia Institute. Hosted by Peace Boat, the Australia Institute, the Medical Association for […]
ICAN Speaking Tour 2018 Making Waves is a speaking tour featuring nuclear survivors from Japan and Australia, traveling aboard Peace Boat’s voyage to Oceania in January-February 2018. Public events, meetings and media opportunities will take place in five cities. The Tour is a collaboration between Peace Boat and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, […]
Watch Hiroshima survivor, Setsuko Thurlow and Beatrice Finn, CEO of ICAN, accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of ICAN. Their speeches send a powerful message to the world that nuclear weapons must be banned. Click here to watch the ceremony in full.
Sue Coleman-Haseldine has been at the forefront of the camapign to abolish nuclear weapons. As a survivor of British nuclear testing at Maralinga and Emu Fields, Sue has supported ICANi‘s campaign by speaking out and sharing her testamony with people from around the world. Sue joined ICANi campaigners from around the world to witness, and […]
MAPW congratulates and celebrates with ICAN the award of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to this outstanding campaign which is achieving so much towards our goal of a nuclear weapons free world. The award will be presented in Oslo on Sunday, 10 December, very late evening (not so late for our friends and colleagues in […]
The Australian ICAN/MAPW crew in Oslo send you a message of thanks and support as they wait for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to start. Click here to watch
Dr Margaret Beavis has posted the second video diary of her trip to Oslo. Dr Beavis will be attending the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony tomorrow. Click here to watch Margie talk about the seminar she attended at the International Red Cross in Oslo earlier today.
MAPW Secretary, Dr Margaret Beavis is in Oslo, Norway to attend the ceremony. ICANi will awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday 10th December 2017. Dr Beavis is making a series of short films while in Oslo, sharing with us all the build up to the ceremony. Click here to watch the first film, alternatively […]
What does a United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and a Nobel Peace Prize have to do with Australian doctors, and Australian general practitioners (GPs) in particular? Quite a lot, in fact. On 10 December 2017, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICANi) will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize […]
MEDIA RELEASE 24 NOVEMBER, 2017 Health professionals today called on the Australian government to take urgent action in response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Yemen, rather than selling weapons to the Saudi government that is leading the bombing of this impoverished country. Saudi Arabia is also leading the naval blockade that is drastically reducing […]
We support First Nations peoples’ Uluru Statement from the Heart. We call on the Australian Parliament to make this a national priority. We represent non-Indigenous Australians whose hearts and minds were filled with hope as First Nations voices called for acknowledgement in the Constitution and recommended treaties to bring about structural reform for socio-economic improvement. There […]
This year’s Avalon Air Show in Geelong was the first chance for the public to see the long-delayed Joint Strike Fighter in action. At a cost of at least $100 million per aircraft, Canberra is slated to spend $17 billion on 72 F-35s in the coming years. Manufacturer Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest defence contractor, […]
MAPW submission to the Joint Committee on Treaties inquiry – Generation IV Nuclear Energy – Accession
The inquiry will examine the following treaty: Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems, as extended by the Agreement Extending the Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems (Washington, 28 February 2005)
Today, May 3rd 2017 between 12:01 a.m. and 6:01 a.m. PDT, the US will test launch a second Minuteman III Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has excoriated
This letter by MAPW President, Dr Margaret Beavis was published in the Sydney Morning Hearald and The Age on 25th April 2017
In the wake of the horrific chemical weapons attacks in Syria, Australian health professionals have called for an end to the war in that country and far greater humanitarian aid for its victims.
Residents of the Flinders Ranges gathered at the Hawker Sports Club on Sunday, March 19, for the third of a series of public meetings about the federal government’s proposed Barndioota nuclear waste facility. The meetings, organised by the Flinders Local Action Group (FLAG), explored the risks and ‘unknowns’ surrounding a proposal to store Australia’s intermediate […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Australian foreign policy and defence forces are too closely enmeshed with the US, according to a group of health professionals.
Opinion article by Dr Sue Wareham, Canberra Times, published December 29th 2016
Despite Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the world is closer to banning nuclear weapons – by Dr Margaret Beavis
Despite Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the world is closer to banning nuclear weapons Despite Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump’s posturing on nuclear weapons, we are suddenly as close as we have ever been to making these weapons of mass destruction illegal.
Health Workers Under Fire – Minister for Defence, Hon Marise Payne responds to MAPW letter of concern
On December 4th 2016, MAPW President, Dr Margaret Beavis wrote to the Minister for The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon Julie Bishop MP and the Minister for Defence, Hon Marise Payne, regarding the implementation of UN Resolution 2286, adopted on May 3rd 2016, relating to the protection of medical care in armed conflict
The No Airport Arms Adverts campaign has published five campaign bulletins covering different aspects of the arms trade. NAAA Campaign Bulletin 1 – the Global Arms Trade – and the wars it fuels (Aug 2016) NAAA Campaign Bulletin 2 – Arms Promotions – a history of controvercy (Sept 2016) NAAA Campaign Bulletin 3 – Who’s […]
Health Workers Under Fire – letter to Australia Foreign Minister from MAPW President Dr Margaret Beavis
The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Foreign Affairs Parliament House, Canberra 30th November, 2016 Dear Minister,
Over the last two years, MAPW has made a number of submissions to both the South Australia Royal Commission on the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and the National Radioactive Waste Project Below you will find MAPW’s submissions, media comments and factsheets.
Australian Health Professionals Call on Australian Government to Support a Nuclear Weapons Ban at the United Nations
MAPW and health professionals from across Australia today sent an open letter the Minister for Foregin Affairs, Julie Bishop MP, calling on the government to support the growing global push to prohibit and eliminate n
It’s all about war…
This new series of bulletins explores many aspects of the global arms trade, including its participants, its promotion, its victims, and some of the lessons of history. The information is very relevent to Canberra and its identity.
MEDIA RELEASE TUESDAY, 9 AUGUST 2016
Monday 25 July 2016 : Opinion Piece – Canberra Times
7th July 2016 Australia needs an inquiry into the decision to invade Iraq Australia urgently needs war powers reform, so that the decision to go to war is no longer the prerogative of the prime minister.
As a society, do we want the government to focus on using military spending as a way of creating jobs? Defence spending has been “decoupled” from the fiscal restraint of the rest of the Australian economy, with generous increases in funding. It is now on target to reach 2 per cent of GDP by 2021, significantly […]
Monday 16th May 2016 – Following the recommendation of the Nuclear Royal Commission to pursue a high level nuclear waste dump in SA, Traditional Owners and representatives from health, union, faith, and conservation groups, and other prominent South Australians have responded by launching the ‘No Dump Alliance.’
Attacks on health facilities in war zones must cease – Independent investigation of all attacks is essential.
Attacks on health facilities in war zones must cease. Independent investigation of all attacks is essential. May 9th 2016
Majority of the world’s government want to negotiate a new treaty that would prohibit nuclear weapons.
Majority of the world’s government want to negotiate a new treaty that would prohibit nuclear weapons
IPPNW/PSR Press release 21.4.2016 30 years since Chernobyl
Melbourne: Monday 25th April 2016 : 30 years ago on April 26, two explosions tore off the roof of the reactor core of the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine.
The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP Prime Minister
GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION ON MILITARY SPENDING, APRIL 18
The Foreign Minister’s plan to sell Australian uranium to Ukraine is a dangerous retreat from responsibility, the Australian Conservation Foundation said today. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced she will sign an agreement this week with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to supply Australian uranium to Ukraine.
Debunking the myths around medicine and a nuclear waste dump – video presentation by Dr Margaret Beavis
MAPW President Dr Margaret Beavis features in a new video that explores the myths around the use of nuclear medicine and the nead for a national radioactive waste dump. Click here now to watch
Failure of informed consent? Government information on nuclear waste is misleading and omits important facts.
MAPW President, Dr Margaret Beavis made the following statement today regarding the misinformation being distributed by the government implying that because of nuclear medicine there is a need for a National Radioactive Waste Repository.
Given the high level of public concern about radioactive/nuclear waste, the team at MAPW has put together a factsheet answering the 10 questions we are regularly asked about this type of waste. If you wish to download a copy of this leaflet click here
Today MAPW and the Public Health Association of Australia delivered an open letter to Dr Alan Finkel AO welcoming his recent appointment as Chief Scientist while highlighting the problems associated with pursuing nuclear power as a solution to climate change. Click here to read the letter in full
Medical Isotope Production in Australia – should we be using nuclear reactor or cyclotron based technology?
This newly produced fact sheet sets out the case for producing medical isotopes in cyclotrons instead of nuclear reactors. Click here to read in full.
MAPW has published an updated factsheet entitled, Radioactive Waste in Australia. The factsheet provides accessible information for individuals and communities wanting to know the facts about the amount of radioactive waste produced from medical sources in Australia.
The “war to end all wars” ushered in a century of violence on an unprecedented scale. A hundred years on, the lessons to be learned appear buried beneath a barrage of commemorative activities. MAPW believes that Australia could best honor those who died by learning from the past.
Is Australia becoming the world’s nuclear waste dump by stealth? – by Margaret Beavis published by the Age & SHM Dec 2nd 2015
Is Australia becoming the world’s nuclear waste dump by stealth? By Dr Margaret Beavis,The Age & Sydney Morning Herald December 2nd 2015
Melbourne : Thursday 26 November 2015 – The Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW) today condemned the Australia Government for risking the proliferation of nuclear weapons by confirming the sale of Australian uranium to nuclear-armed India, ignoring its own committees advice.
What can we actually do to improve outcomes, when there is an increasing sense of chaos? Working to prevent conflict is hard to sell. Yet there are many positive and effective things we can do here in Australia in response to the horrific events overseas. We need to play a long game, and embrace and […]
by MAPW President Dr Margaret Beavis published in The Age, Letters to the Editor, Thursday 5th November 2015
MAPW President, Dr Margaret Beavis on Banning nuclear weapons : why does it matter and what can we do about it?
Writing in the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Victorian monthly vicdoc, MAPW President Dr Margaret Beavis, sets out why banning nuclear weapons is important and how a ban will be achieved. Banning nuclear weapons:
Sunday 19th October 2015 – for immediate release
On Saturday the 31st of October MAPW is holding a one day conference in Melbourne: “War – a global health problem”. We have a great line up of speakers, including,
The War to End all Wars, honouring the dead by learning the lessons, is a series of papers written by a wide range of experts.
Sending Australian forces into Syria is illegal. This decision should not be a “captains pick”
NO AIRPORTS ARMS ADS: NEW CAMPAIGN SAYS CANBERRA’S MESSAGE SHOULD BE ‘OPEN ARMS, NOT LETHAL ARMS’
On this day 70 years ago, the world and the preconditions for its health and survival changed forever. A crude bomb containing 60 kilograms of highly enriched uranium exploded 580 metres above Hiroshima.
MAPW in partnership with the Public Health Association of Australia have lodged a joint submission addressing the terms of reference of the South Australia Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.
IPPNW Statement on the Nuclear Agreement with Iran
The “war to end all wars” ushered in a century of violence on an unprecedented scale. A hundred years on, the lessons to be learned appear buried beneath a barrage of commemorative activities. MAPW believes that Australia could best honor those who died by learning from the past.
Some means of waging war are so inhumane, or represent such a violation of human rights, that their use is considered a war crime. Chemical and biological weapons, and environmental warfare, are all illegal under international law, on these grounds.
France conducted atmospheric and underground nuclear bomb tests at Mururoa atoll in the Pacific between 1960 and 1996. The official position is that these were particularly clean.
The “war to end all wars” ushered in a century of violence on an unprecedented scale. A hundred years on, the lessons to be learned appear buried beneath a barrage of commemorative activities. MAPW believes that Australia could best honour those who died by learning from the past.
May 23, 2015 NEW YORK , USA
Dr Amanda Ruler. RN , PhD. National Vice President , Medical Association for Prevention of War, Australia.
Melissa Parkes, Federal member for Fremantle, spoke in March, 2015, at an MAPW forum organised by the Western Australian branch on Australia’s commemoration of the centenary of World War 1. She described the tendency to romanticise war in this commemoration, and the important alternative of thinking in terms of prevention.
The AGE letters page, Wednesday 29th April 2015 Civilian toll is enormous
Press Release by MAPW & Public Health Association of Australia
Humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons must initiate treaty process in 2015
The 14th meeting of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates took place in Rome from December 12 to 14 2014. The initiative attracts Nobel Peace Prize laureates, high-profile leaders and organizations from around the globe. This year’s edition is dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela and is entitled: “Peace.
Comments to the National Radioactive Waste Management Project submitted by Medical Association for Prevention of War & Public Health Association of Australia
Joint submission from the Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW) and the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) – (Authors: Dr Bill Williams (MAPW) and Dr
For a society which believes that power flows from the people to the state rather than the reverse, the spectacle of prime ministers clinging to the ancient privileges of the sovereign to decide on matters of war and peace is both an anomaly and an anachronism. When it comes to the grave decision to commit […]
The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) & the Australian Healtcare & Hospitals Association have called on the Australian Government to do more to help stem the spread of ebola across West Africa. Speaking at a press conference Michael Moore, CEO of the PHAA said,
Parliament denied a role in our most important decision, says Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry group
Federal Independent MP, Andrew Wilkie is joined by Greens in call for Parliamentary debate before Australia joins international supply mission to Iraq
Federal Independent MP, Andrew Wilkie is joined by the Greens in call for a Parliamentary debate before Australia joins international supply mission to Iraq
The Medical Association for Prevention of War, in partnership with the Australian Conservation Foundation, is pleased to announce that Mr Naoto Kan will be their guest at a very special evening in Melbourne on Friday 29th August at 7.30pm at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley Street, West Melbourne.
July 31st, 2014 Hon Julie BishopMinister for Foreign Affairs,Parliament House,Canberra. Dear Minister,
18th June 2014 by, Dr Jenny Grounds, President, MAPW & Mr Michael Moore, CEO Public Health Association Australia
MAPW makes a Submission on Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014
The Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) is under immediate attack and there was only a small window of opportunity to make our views heard to the Inquiry pannel regarding the planned changes.
The Northern Territory (NT) branch of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW) is calling on concerned medical professionals and the public to attend the public rally against the proposed radioactive was
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) today filed unprecedented lawsuits in the International Court of Justice to hold the nine nuclear-armed states accountable for flagrant violations of international law with respect to their nuclear disarmament obligations under the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law.
Out of concern about the simplistic and sometimes misleading messaging about war and in particular the Anzac story, which is increasing as we approach its 100th anniversary, MAPW wanted to do something to promote among young people an understanding and appreciation of the real eff
Popular Anzac eve event makes a return, thanks to the Victoria Branch of MAPW & Brunswick Secondary College.
Tuesday 11 March 2014 marks the third anniversary since the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. As thousands of people around the world gather to hold vigals to remember the people affected by the accident, the Japanese government is hoping to send residents back to the region.
Sadly on Saturday 8th February 2014 Michael Denborough, founder of the Nuclear Disarmament Party, passed away.
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the 1985 Nobel Peace Laureate, and its Australian affiliate Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) today released a new report concluding that more than two billion people—a quarter of the world’s population—would be at risk of starvatio
Today Red Cross Red Crescent made a commitment to work globally towards establishing an international agreement to ensure nuclear weapons are never used again, and are ultimately eliminated.
Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser asks us to consider our independence given America’s continued military interest in this region. In an article published today in The Age, Mr Fraser reminds us that if we have a sense of pride in being an independent nation then we should think again about our military ties with […]
MAPW President Dr Jenny Grounds, in her letter published in The Age today, congratulates the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to UN weapons inspectors but reminds us all that now its time for the US and Russia to distroy their chemical weapons . Click Here
MAPW Geelong presents another Medical Soiree at 7pm, Saturday October 12th 2013, featuring artists from the Theatre of the Winged Unicorn backed by performers from The Geelong College Choir performing selections from Gilbert & Sullivan, then the Pegasus Singers and Christian Hehir & Friends pe
Japan’s prime minister says the government will get more involved in cleaning up the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, as he described as “urgent” a battle to stop radioactive water from leaking into the ocean.
Dr Sue Wareham was invited to a round-table on 17 June with the Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties where she raised significant problems arising from the proposed treaty governing Australian uranium sales to the United Arab Emirates.
On Saturday 27 April Sally Attrill, Treasurer of Tasmanian MAPW’s Tasmanian Branch had the follwing letter published in the Hobart Mercury:
Completing MAPW’s series, a new two-page paper by Stewart Firth discusses our military relationships.
World military expenditure falls, but China, Russia’s spending rises, and Australia still a big spender
World military expenditure totalled $1.75 trillion in 2012, a fall of 0.5 per cent in real terms since 2011, according to figures released today by SIPRI.
IPPNW Co-Presidents – including MAPW’s Tilman Ruff – have written to the leaders of North and South Korea, and the USA, reminding them of the sobering reality of the humanitarian effects of nuclear was, and urging a comprehensive global treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons. The letter reads:
MAPW Vice-President Dr Sue Wareham questions the ethics and legality of the Iraq war in an opinion piece published by the Canberra Times.
Dr Sue Wareham, MAPW Vice-President, argues in today’s Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers that the 10th anniversary of the massive anti-war demonstrations around Australia and across the world, is a fitting occasion for an inquiry into Australia’s participation in the Iraq war.
As North Korea heightens tensions by testing a nuclear bomb, a timely new publication documents the “unspeakable suffering” caused by nuclear weapons.
On Monday 4 February Dr Jenny Grounds, President of MAPW and also a doctor in the Macedon region of Victoria, joined students from Gisborne Secondary College and their teacher Ms Noriko Ikaga as they handed 2,000 paper cranes to Senator Jan McLucas, who had travelled from Queensland to represent the Prime Minister.
To commemorate two years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, people directly affected will visit Australia in March to share their stories of radiation and resilience and to see the source of the uranium which is sent to their country. Several events are planned throughout Australia to provide an opportunity to meet with them, so keep […]
Congratulations to MAPW Life Member Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks, Professor of Palliative Care at Flinders University, former Vice-President of IPPNW
MAPW has issued a statement reflecting on the recent armed conflict between Israel and Palestine in Gaza, calling for moves to ease suffering, and to work towards peace and the removal of nuclear weapons.
Watch the new IPPNW presentation on the medical, humanitarian and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons and nuclear war, and the reasons why nuclear weapons must be eliminated.
IPPNW Executive is alarmed by reports that the Syrian government may be preparing to use sarin agents or other chemical weapons. Such an act would be a war crime. (MAPW is the Australian affiliate of the global IPPNW.) IPPNW’s statement of concern follows recent reports that suggest that the Syrian government may be preparing chemical […]
MAPW has again urged that robust science be used in medical presentations on radiation health issues.
The position of South Australian Senior Australian of the Year has been awarded to Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks, Professor of Palliative Care at Flinders University, former Vice-President of IPPNW, former President of MAPW and long-term leader of the SA Branch of MAPW.
When US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visit Perth today, Amnesty International and a coalition of NGOs, including supporters of Oxfam, Act for Peace, ActionAid and Medical Association for Prevention of War, will stage an event calling on the new Obama administration to work to ensure the highest possible […]
In today’s Canberra Time (14 November), MAPW member Dr Sue Wareham OAM asks why the death of Major- General Alan Stretton has been overlooked. Dr Wareham writes:
The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network, in a media release issued today, has queried whether the visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta for AUSMIN talks with our Defence Minister Stephen Smith, will consolidate agreements for the use of Australian territory by US mi
The safety and legality of uranium sales are raised by member Glenys Davies in The West Australian on 23 October 2012 in a letter responding to an article by Thom Woodroofe. India certainly is “more than cricket” as headlined in the Opinion piece by Thom Woodroofe in yesterday’s West Australian.
Indian doctors in India have called on Australia’s Prime Minister to work together with India on renewable resources, not nuclear energy. A statement issued by Dr Arun Mitra, President of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development, to mark the PM’s visit, praises Australia for not having nuclear power, saying:
Julia Gillard’s visit to India this week is expected to try to pave the way for Australian uranium sales to India. MAPW has consistently opposed the sale of uranium to India, which is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and has refused to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
CAIRNS, WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER: MAPW’s Dr Jenny Grounds was the keynote speaker at the final plenary of this year’s Global Health Conference, attended by 500 medical students from around Australia.
Eight MAPW representatives will be present at the opening of IPPNW’s biennial Congress in Hiroshima on Friday. The Congress has been preceded by a Student Congress, and an ICAN international planning meeting, with Board and Council meetings also scheduled.
A letter published in The Age on Saturday 4 August 2012 by Dr Jenny Grounds, President of MAPW, argues that the proposal to base nuclear-powered ships and aircraft in Perth would be be out of step with the nuclear weapons-free zone to which Australia has been a signatory since 1985. The full text of the […]
The lead editorial in this month’s edition of the ANZ Journal of Public Health has been written by Tilman Ruff and Ira Helfand on the topic of the historic call by the global Red Cross movement for all states to pursue an agreement to prohibit the use of nuclear weapons.
MAPW members are reminding the community about the dangers of radiation by attending the Lizards Revenge, a protest camp next to the Roxby Downs uranium mine gates.
Postcards calling on Australia not to fuel another nuclear catastrophe, were signed by Japanese people in Yokohama in January 2012 at the Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World. They were addressed to the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard (see picture below).
On 28 June MAPW joined with other Australian organisations to present the Government with petitions calling for international controls over the arms trade. Virtually all international trade in goods is regulated. But no globally agreed standards exist for the international arms trade.
MAPW has made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties in regard to the proposed extension of the 1987 Regional Co-operative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology. The Treaty, first signed in 1987, covers a nuclear research and development agreement between Australia and fourteen other Asian countries.
Members’ and supporters’ messages to Tilman after he was awarded an AM in the Queen’s Birthday honours From Dr Bob Mtonga, IPPNW Co-President: A well deserved accolade!
Associate Professor Tilman Ruff, former MAPW President, currently Australian Chair of ICAN, has been awarded a “Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia” in the Queen’s Birthday 2012 Honours List.
On 1 June the independent news and analysis site New Matilda published an article by Dr Sue Wareham, MAPW Vice President, on Australia’s reliance on the United States and its nuclear arsenal. The article, written to mark International Nuclear Abolition Day, can be read here.
Melbourne, 28 May. MAPW Vice-President Dr Margaret Beavis will urge the Board of Oz Minerals, at their AGM this afternoon, to stop Toro Energy promoting scientists who claim that low levels of radiation are good for health. Toro Energy is 40% owned by Oz Minerals.
A statement signed by 45 medical doctors calls on uranium mining company Toro Energy to stop promoting the view that low-level radiation is beneficial to human health.
A nuclear war anywhere in the world, using as few as 100 weapons, would disrupt the global climate and agricultural production so severely that the lives of more than a billion people would be at risk, according to research findings released overnight by MAPW’s international organisation IPPNW.
Artist Michael Leunig and gardener and TV presenter Peter Cundall will join local writers and performers to reflect on The Language of War, on Anzac Eve in Melbourne.
ICAN and GetUp have set up a petition to help build a groundswell of pressure to ensure the Future Fund change their policy and divest from nuclear weapons manufacturers once and for all!
On Sunday 11 March 2012 rallies were held throughout Australia to commemorate the first anniversary of the disaster at Fukushima. The following videos of the rallies in Melbourne and Sydney have been posted on Youtube. Watch them here. Melbourne remembers Fukushima, as seen on NTDTV
Don’t hold your breath for Fukushima radiation toll is an article written by former president of MAPW and current chair of ICAN, Tilman Ruff. It was published recently in The conversation, a journal of the university and research sector.
MAPW has made a submission to the Government, critiquing the proposed Defence Trade Controls Regulations and submitting that they would undermine the Arms Trade Treaty which Australia has helped to negotiate. Read our submission
A groundbreaking report released on 5 March by ICAN identifies more than 300 banks, pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers in 30 countries with substantial investments in nuclear arms producers.
While the Future Fund has divested from cluster bomb and landmine manufacturing it continues to hold investments in companies producing nuclear weapons. By refusing to divest itself of these investments the government undermines its own objective of a nuclear weapon free world.
20 FEBRUARY 2012, MELBOURNE: MAPW MEDIA RELEASE. Australia does not need yet another annual day to commemorate warfare. There are now five national days of remembrance: Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, Battle for Australia Day, Merchant Navy Day, and the new Bombing of Darwin Day.
MAPW has expressed concern at evidence that Australia deliberately tried to avoid its human rights obligations under the Geneva Convention in Iraq and Afghanistan. MAPW has issued a media release supporting the call for a Royal Commission made by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
The National Radioactive Waste Management Bill is again scheduled for debate in the Senate. Please take some time to:
The Medical Alert for a strong Arms Trade Treaty is a campaign by IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of War) to save lives and promote health through influencing the current UN negotiations on a global arms treaty. Please help by adding your signature and sending the link to colleagues in hospitals, universities etc.
The Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World, held in Yokohama Japan 14-15 January, was attended by 11,500 people from over 30 countries, with over 100,000 watching via web stream. Australian participants included MAPW’s Dr Margaret Beavis. Mr.
Can Japan do better than Chernobyl? MAPW Vice-President Dr Margaret Beavis reviewed the response to the Fukushima reactor disaster in the ABC’s The Drum on 6 January 2012.
On 6 December 2011 the Northern Territory News asserted in an editorial that the nuclear waste destined for Muckaty will be radioactive waste from hospitals and accused MAPW of "scare mongering".
An Alice Springs-based team of doctors has completed a study of the potential risks of transport of radioactive waste materials, and launched a fact sheet to explain its findings.
ALP Caucus votes to stick by US military and remain soft on cluster bomb ban: Cluster Munitions Coalition 22 NOVEMBER 2011: ALP caucus yesterday voted NOT to amend its widely criticised Cluster Munitions Prohibition bill to remove two loopholes that defy the whole intention of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Updated 23 November: President Obama’s Australian visit has sparked announcements of an expanded US military presence in Australia -raising the possibility of storage of banned cluster bombs – while the PM has made clear her intention to change policy on uranium sales to India. Our members have spoken on radio, and once again written numerous letters […]
MAPW has joined organisations around Australia to send socks to Defence Minister Stephen Smith as a sad reminder of the human costs of cluster bombs. Draft legislation before the Government would seriously weaken the important international treaty which bans cluster munitions.
The Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW) has called on the Government and the ALP to lead the world towards the abolition of nuclear weapons, rather than risking nuclear weapons proliferation by selling Australian uranium to nuclear-armed India.
Letter, Canberra Times, 8 November 2011. The following letter from MAPW Vice President, Dr Sue Wareham, was published (although without its second paragraph) in the Canberra Times on 8 November. The letter is in support of Professor Tim Flannery’s call for a monument to honour those who fought against the European colonisation of the Australian […]
MAPW has written to the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, urging that the Government request CHOGM to demand that the Government of Sri Lanka allow an independent and transparent inquiry into allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other human rights violations. We have proposed that Australia support sanctions from CHOGM, against Sri Lanka, if […]
MAPW has issued a media release supporting calls for suspension of defence cooperation with Indonesia and to demand access for Australian and other journalists to West Papua, following the shooting of pro-independence activists in West Papua.
MAPW members have begun visiting politicians and leading ALP members to advise them of the health hazards of exporting uranium, in particular to India. Our visitor from Princeton University, nuclear physicist Dr MV Ramana, will also be visiting and meeting with key politicians during his visit to Australia as a guest of ICAN, in the first […]
MAPW has joined a group of prominent Australian individuals and institutions, reflecting a broad-ranging perspective in the political spectrum, and co-signed an Open Statement on Asylum Seekers. The Open Statement emphasises the need for an alternative policy direction in Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and outlines key elements of that new direction.
On the tenth anniversary of the Afghanistan war, MAPW members across Australia spoke out on the human and health costs of the war.
Uranium and health: the medical perspective is the text of a speech given by Dr Jenny Grounds at the "Uranium and poetry of peace" seminar held at Moores Gallery, Fremantle, Western Australia on 25 September, 2011.
Around 40 top WA artists are supporting the work of MAPW through an exhibition opened last weekend in Fremantle. Iratxe Momoitio Astorkia, the director of the Gernika Peace Museum in Lumo, Spain, opened the exhibition at the Moores Building gallery in Fremantle on Saturday 24 September, with over 200 people present.
15 August 2011, Canberra Times: Letter from MAPW’s Dr Sue Wareham OAMAndrew Wilkie’s call for an inquiry into Australia’s participation in the 2003 invasion of Iraq (“Wilkie calls for Howard to answer questions over Iraq”, CT August 11) should be applauded and supported.
(Published Monday 11 July 2011) Dear Editor, On Monday this week the ABC’s Four Corners program broadcast distressing and compelling footage that strongly supports allegations of war crimes having been committed, by both sides but primarily by government forces, during the appalling conflict in Sri Lanka in 2009.
Dr Bill Williams, on behalf of MAPW, is one of 45 signatories of an open letter to the Defence Minister, Foreign Minister and Attorney General urging changes to the proposed legislation on the ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions soon to be debated by the Senate.
MEDICAL GROUP CALLS FOR WAR CRIMES INVESTIGATIONS IN SRI LANKA MAPW has urged the Australian government to push strongly for independent international investigations into war crimes suspected of having been committed in the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009.
IPPNW and its affiliates released a number of media statements, interviews and reports regarding the Fukushima nuclear crisis. These various expert reports, interviews and fact sheets have now been compiled into a single publication explaining the current situation from a health and medical perspective.
MAPW’s SA branch co-ordinator Dr Amanda Ruler spoke at a protest held in response to a Defence and Industry conference and expo being held at the Adelaide convention centre. The conference ran from the 27 – 30 of June. A full transcript of the speech is available here.
Dr Peter Karamaskos, MAPW treasurer and Australian public representative on the Radiation Health Committee of the Australian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Committee speaks to Ali Moore on the failure of the Japanese government to inform and protect its citizens.
ICAN has discovered through freedom of information laws that Australia’s government owned Future Fund has investments worth A$135.4 million in 15 companies that manufacture US, British, French and Indian nuclear weapons. Earlier this month, the Future Fund announced that it had divested from 10 companies invo
MAPW today called on the Government to withdraw the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill which is listed for debate in the Senate. If passed the legislation would see Muckaty, 120km north of Tennant Creek, as the only site initially assessed for a radioactive waste dump.
News from Japan suggests that the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant continues to present unpredictable and uncontrolled hazards for human health and the environment. In a 10 May interview, Dr Robert Jacobs from the Hiroshima Peace Institute told Russian RT TV that:
Monday 29 January 6-7:30pm Gallery Yampu, 1 Jenkins St, Birkenhead Free event. Register here. MC: Cat Beaton, Conservation Council of South Australia. Hosted by Peace Boat, Conservation Council of SA and ICAN. Invite friends on Facebook.
Dr Bill Williams explain MAPW’s concerns about Fukushima and the nuclear industry, in this one-minute video.
MAPW members are available to speak on issues concerning refugees and asylum seekers. MAPW has urged in the past that Australia’s response to asylum seekers be humanitarian, and in accordance with international human rights law.
MARCH 23, 2011: MAPW’s global network – the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War – have called for a solution to be sought in Libya through peaceful means.
MEDIA RELEASE, MELBOURNE 17 MARCH: An MAPW media release laments the lack of accurate information about the continuing nuclear crisis in Japan.
PUBLISHED CANBERRA TIMES, 16 MARCH 2011 Dear Editor, The catastrophe in Japan has created not only human misery and a tragic wasteland of monumental proportions, but possibly a radioactive wasteland to which many will never return. Only nuclear power can leave such a permanent mark on our fragile environment.
WEDNESDAY MORNING 16 MARCH 2011: Thanks to researcher and writer Dimity Hawkins for an overnight update and update with information from sources including the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)
TUESDAY 15 MARCH: As the nuclear crisis in Japan becomes even more serious, key background materials are now assembled on our nuclear accidents page (click yellow link on right); and MAPW experts continue to speak to the media (including tonight’s Lateline; tomorrow’s Today show, and Melbourne’s Gold FM breakfast.
MEDIA STATEMENT, Melbourne, 14 March 2011: The unfolding tragedy in Japan has highlighted the dangerous reality of nuclear power and its potential severe health consequences, said the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) and International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in a joint statement today.
The argument we need a radioactive dump in the NT to continue supply of nuclear medicine is described as “malignant” in a MAPW media release. The National Radioactive Waste Management Bill is currently being debated in federal parliament. If passed, this legislation would see Muckaty, 120km north of Tennant Creek, as the only site initially […]
THURSDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2011: MAPW’s Immediate Past President Dr Sue Wareham OAM, had this letter published in today’s Canberra Times:
THURSDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2011: MAPW opposes the proposed sale of Australian uranium to India, and is appalled at revelations that the Energy Minister has secretly told the US that a deal is on the way.
MAPW has made a submission to the Senate, urging that legislation currently before the Parliament be amended to strengthen, rather than undermine, the recent international treaty aiming to ban these shocking weapons.
MAPW and ICAN are seeking applicants for the position of Book-keeper/Administrator. This is a 2-day/week position shared between MAPW (the employer) and ICAN. The successful applicant will normally work one day with each organisation.
MAPW has today released a new discussion paper on the use of armed “drones” – remotely controlled aircraft – by the USA, in Afghanistan.
A ban on uranium mining was supported by the August 2010 World Congress of IPPNW, the international body of to which MAPW is affiliated. The resolution states that uranium ore mining is irresponsible and represents a grave threat to health and to the environment; and resolves that IPPNW call for appropriate measures to ban uranium […]
MEDIA RELEASE, 25 OCTOBER 2010: Following media reports alleging human rights abuses committed by the Indonesian Security Forces, MAPW urges the Australian Government to hold an inquiry into how our military support for the Indonesian security forces is being used by the Indonesian military.
MAPW challenges misconceptions about Australia’s role in external and internal wars, in a detailed submission to the National Commission which will advise the Government on options to mark the 2015 ANZAC Centenary.
UN DPI CONFERENCE 1 SEPTEMBER 2010. MAPW told this major conference of NGOs, held this year in Melbourne, that the impact of armed conflict often gets overlooked in considering ways in which health can be improved, not only in developing countries but also in developed countries.
A new MAPW fact sheet published today, describes in simple language how what nuclear medicine is, and how it is used for diagnosis and treatment. It also explains what is NOT nuclear medicine (it does not include x-rays, or CT scans, for example).
MAPW has just released two excellent new publications which document the health and environmental risks of nuclear weapons; and the health risks of the nuclear industry.
MAPW President Dr Bill Williams wrote to to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on July 1 to congratulate the Australian Senate on its recent resolution regarding the investigation of alleged human rights abuses during the final stages of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009.
MAPW’s sister organisations, the IPPNW affiliates in Israel and Gaza, have made a joint statement as follows through IPPNW: JOINT STATEMENT ON THE ARMED ASSAULT ON SHIPS TO GAZA
“Vision 2030: An Alternative Approach to Australian Security” will be launched at 10am on Monday 24 May at Parliament House Canberra. (see media release)
MAPW has released a new two page fact sheet about the proposed Northern Territory Nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station.
WEDNESDAY 3 MARCH 2010 A full-page advertisement in today’s “Western Australian” urges Australians to write to our Foreign Minister Stephen Smith asking him to bring Australian troops home. The advertisement also urges readers to donate to MAPW.
MAPW today issued a statement expressing concern over today’s announcement by Energy Minister Martin Ferguson that the Australian Government will pursue Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory as the preferred site for a nuclear waste dump.
The Medical Association for Prevention of War today supported calls for an independent inquiry into Australia’s involvement in the Iraq War.
MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has a front page feature on the ecological consequences of war, published in this week’s Medical Observer (11 January 2010).
MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has written to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs expressing concern and asking for information on Australia’s recent vote at the UN against adoption of the Goldstone Report on alleged war crimes committed during the Gaza war in December-January 2008-2009.
MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has written to Australian Minister for Defence Senator John Faulkner, congratulating the Minister for not committing additional Australian troops to Afghanistan.
MAPW Immediate Past President Dr Sue Wareham has written to ACT Chief Minister Mr John Stanhope concerning the Minister’s Award of Excellence for services to people with a disability given to Raytheon Australia. Dr Wareham’s letter notes ‘there is a terrible irony in the receipt of such an award by a major weapons manufacturer.’
The Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) notes with concern the dismissal by authorities of possible health consequences of a radiation leak at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant last weekend.
ICAN Chair, NGO advisor to the ICNND and MAPW former President Associate Professor Tilman Ruff writes in major Japanese newspaper Chugoku Shimbun giving a personal reflection on his own experience in Hiroshima 20 years ago and argues for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.
MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has written to Australian PM Kevin Rudd to applaud the PM’s ‘recently expressed commitment to continue to reject nuclear power as an energy source in Australia’.
MAPW President Bill Williams has written a letter to Immigration Minister Chris Evans, urging that Australia’s response to Sri Lankan asylum seekers be humanitarian, and in accordance with international human rights law.
MAPW has supported a Bill before Australia’s Parliament, which would require the Parliament to give approval before Australia sends troops to an overseas war.
MAPW President Bill Williams has together with ICAN’s James Norman assessed Barack Obama’s steps towards a nuclear free future in The Age. “When Barack Obama takes the unprecedented step of chairing the UN Security Council in New York tonight, he will be setting in motion a personal vision to rid the world of nuclear weapons. If this […]
MAPW and ICAN – the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – have welcomed today’s call by a federal parliamentary inquiry, for Australia to play a leading role in ridding the world of nuclear weapons through a global Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC).
MAPW’s National Council, which met on the weekend of 29-30 August 2009, was addressed by the Member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson M. Mr Thomson chairs the Australian Parliament’s significant Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT), which is expected to report later this month on its broad-ranging inquiry into Australia’s nuclear treaties.
20 August 2009. MAPW President Sue Wareham made a statement in regards of the state of the approximately 300,000 Tamils still in detained in camps in Sri Lanka. The main concerns include the psychological and physical effects warefare has on the detained, as well as civilians and medical staff caught in overcrowded refugee camps.
MAPW has argued that the proposed expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium mine would lead to further threat from the nuclear fuel chain, as uranium mining is the starting point for the greatest environmental threat that humanity faces – nuclear weapons.
MAPW President Sue Wareham has marked Hiroshima Day with a piece in Online Opinion, reminding readers that the Hiroshima bomb was a very small weapon by today’s standards, and yet an estimated 90,000 people died immediately it fell on the Japanese city.
MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham OAM looks at the environmental cost of the 2009 Talisman Sabre military exercises in her 10 July article on On Line Opinion Dr Wareham argues that war and its preparation is the “one human activity that manages to escape scrutiny in our efforts to address climate change”.
THURSDAY 25 JUNE. Talisman Sabre, which are major joint US and Australian military exercises, occur every two years in Queensland and the Northern Territory. MAPW has criticised these, as the exercises cause the environment to suffer greatly, and are also a threat to Australia’s security.
THURSDAY 11 JUNE. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), world military expenditures in 2008 were more than US $1.46 trillion, with the US spending $607 billion, or 41.5% of the total. China moved up to second place, with $84.9 billion (5.8%). Those two, along with France, the UK, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy, Saudi […]
Court victory another step in nuclear veterans’ lengthy compensation battle Over 20,000 British, Fijian, New Zealand and Australian military personnel witnessed Britain’s nuclear testing program in Australia and the Pacific between 1952 and 1958.
Following the resignation of Joel Fitzgibbon as Defence Minister, this letter from MAPW EO Nancy Atkin was published in the The Age: Joel Fitzgibbon has stood down over conflicts of interest. But his failure to understand such conflicts was already clear in the Minister’s handling of the Defence White Paper process.
28 MAY 2009. Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser adressed the National Consultative Committee on Disarmament Conference in Wellington last weekend, talking about issues of nuclear arms possession and the impossibility of differentiating between nuclear weapons for use and those for deterence.
28 MAY 2009. North Korea’s nuclear tests brought the political world to a halt and caused concerns about the possession and complete abolition of nuclear arms. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has published a series of articles on the North Korean tests, including the possibility of a world without any nuclear weapons and what implications […]
Concerned villagers and activists opposed to the lease extension for India’s uranium mine mill at Jadugoda, have been refused entry to the hall where the hearing was being conducted.
MELBOURNE, 25 MAY 2009. Reports of a North Korean nuclear weapons test have brought new calls for a treaty to ban nuclear tests, and for progress towards abolishing nuclear weapons. MAPW Vice President, Associate Professor Tilman Ruff, has called on existing nuclear weapons states to get rid of their nuclear weapons.
Community organisations and individuals interested in the direction of Australia’s defence policy will have an opportunity to present their views. MAPW and the Nautilus Institute (RMIT) are organising a Public Forum following widespread disappointment in the community consultation preceding the Defence White Paper, where submissions advocating non-military solutions to conflict appear to have been ignored.
Defence will get a massive additional $43 billion dollars over a decade, with three per cent annual growth. The budget includes a substantial allocation of $9.2 million for the International Commission on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and also funds for counter-proliferation intelligence; and for nuclear and radiological security.
Australia’s Defence White Paper was released on 2 May, following the Community Consultation report two weeks ago.
MAPW has written to PM Kevin Rudd urging him to call on both sides to end the conflict in Sri Lanka. In the letter, MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham calls for protection of civilian lives by:
30 APRIL 2009. The NSW Government has released its response to the NSW Legislative Council report regarding the former uranium smelter site at Hunters Hill in Sydney. The response accepts the need for comprehensive characterisation and clean-up of contaminated areas. MAPW Vice-President Tilman Ruff has welcomed the report. Tilman was invited as a witness to the […]
30 APRIL 2009. MAPW Vice-Presidents (and ICAN Board Members) Tilman Ruff and Ruth Mitchell are headed for New York where they will attend the NPT PrepCom (the 2009 United Nations Preparatory Committee for next year’s review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty).
16 APRIL 2009. MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham OAM has written to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, urging that Australia support a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and withdraw Australian soldiers from the region, together with rebuilding of the country.
8 APRIL 2009. Calling for complete abolition of nuclear weapons through a convention, MAPW Vice President and Associate Professor Tilman Ruff joined former PM Malcolm Fraser, General Peter Gration, Lieutenant General John Sanderson, Barry Jones and Sir Gus Nossal to publish an article in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.
SUNDAY 5 APRIL 2009. MAPW speakers were guests at successful Palm Sunday rallies in both Melbourne and Sydney, with Tasmanian members coordinating a Palm Sunday vigil in Hobart. In Melbourne, ICAN organiser Jessica Morrison chaired the peace event. Speakers included MAPW Vice President and ICAN Board member Dr Ruth Mitchell.
MELBOURNE, WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 2009. Dr Sue Wareham OAM. speaking as MAPW President and submission author, was one of six of experts invited to a Round Table with the Committee inquiring into Australia’s nuclear treaties. (See 9 December story for inquiry background.) Associate Professor Tilman Ruff participated on behalf of ICAN.
MONDAY 23 MARCH 2009: On the eve of Prime Minister Rudd’s meeting with US President Barack Obama, more than 300 of the world’s top physicians have written to the US and Russian Presidents.
MELBOURNE, 9 DECEMBER. Australia’s nuclear treaties Inquiry offers a chance to call for a strengthened South Pacific Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone, MAPW members heard last night. Associate Professor Michael Hamel-Green, Australia’s foremost expert on nuclear weapons-free zones (NWFZs), was the guest speaker at a well-attended Victorian Branch dinner.
(UPDATED 24 MARCH 2009) Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has published 78 public submissions to its Inquiry into all the international nuclear treaties involving Australia.
French nuclear veterans have strongly criticised a proposed new law covering compensation for survivors of French nuclear testing in Algeria and French Polynesia. The law would cover former nuclear workers and military personnel whose health was affected by French nuclear tests – but survivors say few people would be eligible.
The Medical Association for Prevention of War has called on the Australian Government to help secure an end to the Israeli Government’s crippling blockade of Gaza. MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham OAM says that the blockade is a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions, with recent reports indicating that life for Gaza residents is becoming […]
NEW in our resources section: two MAPW slideshow presentations which document the key reasons why nuclear power is not the solution to climate change – including substantial carbon emissions when all steps of the production process are taken into account; the health and nuclear war risks; and the sustainable alternatives
See our resources page for the job description for details of this 6-month, 3 days a week position in 2009.
Australia is at war. Why? The United States and its allies are spending more than $US720 million a day or $US 500,000 per hour waging war amongst the poorest communities on earth. A full-page advertisement in today’s West Australian newspaper, asks this question. It suggests readers write to Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and urge him […]
Australians 2-to-1 against uranium exports to countries with nuclear weapons New polling shows twice as many Australians (62 per cent) are against exporting uranium to countries with nuclear weapons than are in favour (31 per cent).
ADELAIDE, 9 NOVEMBER 2008: MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham OAM has launched a statement on behalf of 36 civil society organisations from across Australia, calling to an end to arms exhibitions in Australia.
ICAN’s Australian Chair, MAPW Vice-President Associate Professor Tilman Ruff, has been invited to be an NGO Adviser to the Co-chair of the International Commission for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
28 OCTOBER 2008: The UN Human Rights Committee meets this week to determine a list of issues to raise with Australia in March 2009, concerning compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
On Sunday 21 September MAPW held a peace walk, planting of a peace tree and discussion about peace in the community in Port Adelaide. The day was supported by the City of Enfield/Port Adelaide and was well attended. Highlights included the peace walk around the streets of Port Adelaide and the planting of a peace […]
A new MAPW fact sheet summarises and provides the major references – a recent German study, and a new meta-analysis – on the association between childhood leukaemia and nuclear power.
ALICE SPRINGS, 5 OCTOBER 2008: MAPW members were among the 300 community members gathered in the Todd Mall, Alice Springs on Sunday 5 October to oppose uranium exploration at the Angela and Pamela deposits just 25 km away.
CANBERRA, 18 SEPTEMBER 2008: The Medical Association for Prevention of War has welcomed the recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties that Australia does not proceed with uranium sales to Russia until far more stringent measures are in place to separate Russia’s civilian and military facilities.
CANBERRA, 18 SEPTEMBER 2008: The Australian Government has received a Committee report recommending against ratifying a treaty which would have allowed uranium sales to Russia to proceed.
MAPW has told an Australian government enquiry that nuclear warfare threats should end plans to sell Australian uranium to Russia. MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham was invited to address the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties this week in Canberra.
Western Australian member Peter Masters passed away on 28 July. He was 88 years old, and active in mind and spirit right to the last. He will be especially missed by MAPW members and supporters in Western Australia and around Australia. Thanks to Judy Blyth for sharing with us this inspiring obituary.
9 AUGUST 2008: Events around Australia commemorated the 63rd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima (6 August 19450 and Nagasaki (9 August 1945). Wednesday 6 August:
SATURDAY 14 JUNE: Visiting Chamoru activists Lisa Natividad and Julian Aguon inspired over fifty participants at an Melbourne workshop on the expansion of US bases in Guam, and the creation of new bases in Okinawa. See the Events column for details of further Australian meetings.
INDIA, 10 JUNE 2008. Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) – MAPW’s sister organisation and fellow affiliate of IPPNW – have issued a press release welcoming Australia’s decision not to sell uranium to India, and Prime Minister Rudd’s announcement of a new international Commission to advance nuclear disarmament,
CANBERRA, 9 June 2008. MAPW’S President has congratulated Prime Minister Kevin Rudd fon plans announced today for Australia to set up a new international body to push for nuclear disarmament.
IN DUBLIN between 19 May and 28 May, 110 governments negotiated a new international treaty, the Convention on Cluster Munitions, that will ban cluster munitions that “cause unacceptable harm to civilians”. The treaty bans all the cluster munitions that have been extensively used.
21 MAY 2008. MAPW has asked its members and supporters to take urgent action (detailed below) to persuade the Australian government to support a total ban on cluster bombs. A crucial international conference is taking place in Dublin, where the wording of the treaty to ban cluster bombs will be finalised by the end of this week.
Two stories this week show the vulnerability and risks posed by both military and civilian nuclear facilities Sweden: Men held over nuclear scare SWEDISH police detained two men on suspicion of planning to sabotage a nuclear power station today after one of them was discovered entering it with small amounts of a highly explosive material.
ICAN Australia’s report on the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee (NPT PrepCom) held in Geneva from 28 April to 9 May, has now been finalised.
MAY 2008: IPPNW has launched a medical campaign, as part of ICAN, to accelerate the global conversion of radioisotope-producing reactors from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU).
The International Student Movement of IPPNW is proud to announce the development of an international small arms action group for its student members, The International Student Coalition to Abolish Small Arms. This project builds on ‘Aiming for Prevention’, IPPNW’s campaign to prevent injury and death from small arms and light weapons.
GENEVA, 8 MAY 2008. The Australian government has raised several important issues which could help advance the abolition of nuclear weapons, during meetings on the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty this week.
MAPW’s Northern Territory branch is supporting a public meeting on proposed uranium exploration at the Angela Pamela deposits, to be held Wednesday 7 May in Alice Springs. The meeting will provide information on the implications of uranium exploration and mining, and discuss options for community response.
GENEVA 30 APRIL 2008. ICAN’S TIM WRIGHT REPORTS:Australia today delivered a statement on nuclear disarmament to the Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting in Geneva. It was much different from statements made in previous years.
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GENEVA, 30 APRIL 2008: MAPW Vice-President Tilman Ruff is currently in Geneva attending the NPT PrepCom (28 April – 9 May), an important meeting of states which are parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Tilman is one of two NGO representatives invited to be on the official Australian delegation.
MELBOURNE, APRIL 25. Over 100 people attended Melbourne’s first Alternative Anzac Day commemoration today. MAPW was invited to make one of a series of brief interventions. Nancy Atkin read a message from IPPNW Turkey and a poem from David Menkes of IPPNW New Zealand; and commented briefly on the rapidly escalating human costs of war, […]
LAX NUCLEAR SAFEGUARDS pose a key threat for Australia and the world, according to an opinion piece published in the Adelaide Advertiser on 22 April 2008; written by MAPW Vice-President Dr Bill Williams, with Professor Jim Falk.
Australia is among a group of countries seeking to "water down" the international treaty to ban cluster bombs, which will be negotiated in Dublin on 19 – 30 May 2008. It is an important time for people to write to the government, as well as to newspapers and other media urging that they fully support the draft treaty, without loopholes.
CANBERRA 21 APRIL 2008. Nuclear disarmament was included in the “priority themes” developed at the weekend summit. The stream discussing Australia’s security and prosperity in a rapidly changing region and world, listed among five priorities: Assert new leadership in global governance:
R.S. (Bob) WHITE is Professor of English at the University of Western Australia. Wars have been waged so continuously through human history that they are regarded as unavoidable, but the increasing destructiveness to civilians and the environment makes pacifism an urgent and viable alternative.
MAPW immediate Past President Dr Tilman Ruff has been invited to represent Australian non-governmental organisations on the Australian delegation to the 2008 Preparatory Committee for the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT PrepCom), which begins in Geneva in late April.
IRAQ, 14 APRIL 2008: Doctors for Iraq has issued a media release after receiving reports from the Imam Ali hospital in Sadar City, Baghdad, of dozens of civilian casualties following US military air strikes. Read the full release.
Five days of intense fighting between the Mehdi army militia and the Iraqi military, together with coalition bombing in early April left hospitals in Iraq overwhelmed with the number of casualties. Doctors for Iraq’s network across the country reported that hospitals were lacking many medical supplies and resources to treat the injured.
Steven Starr is a US nuclear weapons expert currently visiting Australia (until April 9). His areas of expertise are:
NEW DELHI: Australia’s leading role in IPPNW, the global organisation campaigning against nuclear and other weapons, was recognised yesterday with the election of MAPW’s Tilman Ruff to the IPPNW Board. Dr Ruth Mitchell is also on the board as a representative of the South East Asia and Pacific Region.
NEW DELHI: There are 500 million small arms in the world today, and they are the weapons of choice in most wars today, Indian student Arhinav Singh told the Medical Students Congress of IPPNW yesterday. 90% of those killed by these weapons were civilians, and 80% of these were women and children, he said.
NEW DELHI: Australian medical students were strongly represented at the opening of the IPPNW international Student Congress this morning. Outgoing International Student Representative Ruth Mitchell, a recent graduate of Flinders Medical School (SA) welcomed 200 students from around the world.
Thanks to the many people who have helped create this new website. MAPW members willingly gave up their time to share their views on the style and content they wanted. A dozen student members donated part of their summer break to check and categorise pages from our old website. A generous donation funded some of the […]
The Government of Norway, with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Hoover Institution, convened an international conference on Achieving the Vision of a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, in Oslo on 26 – 27 February 2008.
The Medical Association for Prevention of War proudly announced the launch of its new website today. The website was revamped after extensive consultation with MAPW members and the broader community. It is now a vital resource and information portal. We invite you to explore the new site, learn about some of the many issues MAPW […]