Australia's military

Australian veterans' health: Gulf War - MAPW War and Health fact sheet 6

"Australian veterans' health: Gulf War" is No 6 in the MAPW series of 2-page fact sheets, Australia: War and Health. The fact sheet discusses documented effects of the Gulf War (or first Iraq War) including chronic fatigue and high levels of psychological disorders including  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It also discusses the debate and evidence on Gulf War Syndrome. 

Australian veterans' health: Vietnam - MAPW War and Health fact sheet 5

"Australian veterans' health: Vietnam" is No 5 in the MAPW series of 2-page fact sheets, Australia: War and Health. It documents death and injuries suffered by Australian troops in Vietnam, the disproportionate casualties among conscripts; and the severe long-lasting health effects on veterans, their children, and future generations.

Australian veterans' health: Korea - MAPW War and Health fact sheet 4

"Australian veterans' health: Korea" is No 4 in the MAPW series of 2-page fact sheets, Australia: War and Health. Troops were wounded by gunfire, and suffered the effects of trench warfare in a severe climate. The fact sheet also documents longer term health effects for veterans, including a high level of cancers, and mental health effects; with reminiscences from gardener Peter Cundall.

Australian veterans' health: WW1 - MAPW War and Health fact sheet 2

The second in MAPW's 2013 series on war and health, this fact sheet discusses the wounds, disease and psychological trauma experienced by Australian participants and veterans of World War One.

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 SIPRIi.

MAPW submission to Defence White Paper

MAPW submission to the 2013 Defence White Paper. The submission was written by Dr Jenny Grounds and focuses on the implications of the Australia-US military alliance, military spending, the narrow definition of "security" and possible conflicts of interest.

Call for Iraq War Inquiry

16 August 2012. Today leading Australians are to call for an independent inquiry into the decisions that led to Australia invading Iraq, and a review of the war powers of the government, to draw out what lessons can be learned for the future.

"Why did we go to war in Iraq?" Iraq War Inquiry Group booklet: August 2012

What led to Australia invading Iraq in 2003? The Iraq War Inquiry Group is calling for an enquiry into the reasons behind Australia's participation in the invasion and a review of the war powers of the government, to draw out what lessons can be learned for the future. The case for an inquiry is set out in detail in a new booklet, “Why did we go to war in Iraq?

Former Defence Secretary says we should locate war-making powers in the Parliament: MAPW media release April 2012

Media Release, 27 April 2012. Announcing launch of a paper written by Paul Barratt AO, a former Secretary to the Department of Defence. Mr Barratt says the power to make war should be removed from Executive government (Cabinet) and located in the Australian Parliament.

Sending Australians to War: MAPW Paper 3, Paul Barratt, April 2012

"Sending Australians to War" is a 2-page MAPW paper proposing that Parliament should decide whether Australians should go to war. The 2-page paper, written for MAPW by Paul Barratt AO, a former Secretary to the Department of Defence, argues that the power to make war should be removed from Executive government (Cabinet) and located in the Australian Parliament.

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