Australia's military

Who decides when Australia goes to war?

A new MAPW paper says the power to make war should be removed from Executive government (Cabinet) and located in the Australian Parliament. Sending Australians to War is the third in the MAPW War & Militarism series.

Answers sought over nerve gas plan

An article from The Australian, 7 July 2008, concerning US plans in the 1960s to test nerve gases, including sarin, on Australian military personnel.

MAPW media release: Bombing of Darwin Day: Do we need it? - February 2012

This 20 February 2012 media release from MAPW states that Australia does not need yet another annual day to commemorate warfare.

Why Australians should be prosecuted for war crimes in Iraq: Tim Wright, 2009

This article by Tim Wright (first published in the Alternative Law Journal, Volume 34, No.3, 2009) assesses whether there is a legal and factual basis for the International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute Australian leaders and soldiers for war crimes committed in Iraq.

MAPW: Australian troops must obey international law

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.

What has Wikileaks revealed? New MAPW report

This MAPW report focuses on Wikileaks revelations about Australia, and on issues of particular interest to our members.

MAPW urges Parliament to strengthen cluster munitions treaty

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.

Cluster Munitions bill 2010: MAPW submission to Australian Senate inquiry

MAPW's submission to the Australian Senate's Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Criminal Code Amendment (Cluster Munitions Prohibition) Bill 2010. The submission covers areas of the bill that we believe are noteworthy and should be retained, as well as areas that cause great concern.

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