No Airport Arms Ads Campaign
When visitors first arrive at Canberra Airport, one of the main gateways to our nation’s capital, one of their first images is large display advertising at the baggage carousel for some of the world’s biggest weapons manufacturers, such as Raytheon, BAE, and ThyssenKrupp. Arms advertising is an inappropriate “welcome” to Canberra. It is selling short our national capital and presenting it as a place focused on preparing for war. It helps to normalise warfare by presenting sanitised images of weaponry. It is particularly unwelcoming for refugees from war zones.
New Series of fact sheets available
This new series of fact sheets 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 relevant to Canberra and its identity. Despite very welcome recent additions to the advertisements at Canberra Airport that promote some positive features of our beautiful city, significant weapons advertisements remain. They are inappropriate for a gateway to our national capital.
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The companies, their products and their promotion
Comments from Australians about the airport arms advertising
Click here to read comments from people around the country who regard prominent arms advertising at a main gateway to our national capital as inappropriate, for example, read what Geoff Page, Peter Stanley, John Langmore, Bishop (ret’d) Pat Power and others have said.
US President Eisenhower warned in 1961 against “…the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex”, which he said could bring “…the disastrous rise of misplaced power.” Click here to read this and other related comments.
Undermining Canberra Airport’s “green” credentials
Warfare and its preparation is one of the greatest destroyers of the built and natural environment. Read more on war and the environment here.
Globally, civil society and many governments are striving for a nuclear weapons ban treaty. The promotion at Canberra Airport of companies that are involved, or whose parent company is involved, in the production of these most destructive of all weapons undermines this process. Read more here.
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To the Capital Airport Group,
“We urge that the arms industry advertisements displayed at Canberra Airport be removed.
The airport should promote the national capital’s rich natural, cultural and historical heritage and unique attractions, not its preparations for warfare. Prominent signage that promotes military-industrial activities is selling the city short.
Reminders of warfare are highly inappropriate and may be offensive to new arrivals from war zones. The ads are inconsistent with Canberra’s new status as a Refugee Welcome Zone.
It’s time for the arms ads to go.”
Click here to read information about the campaign launch on Saturday 29th August 2015.