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Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores

COMMENT by RUSSELL GOLDFLAM

Published by Alice Springs News - 16 October 2017

A Nobel Peace Prize born in Australia

Australians can be very proud. The winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICANi), started in Melbourne. It began when the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) recognised that nuclear weapons, the very worst of the weapons of mass destruction, were still "legitimate".

ICAN awarded Nobel Peace Prize - Australia must now sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Saturday 7 October 2017

The Medical Association for Prevention of War congratulates ICANi for winning the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. 

Australia MUST sign nuclear disarmament treaty

Today the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) opens for signature at the United Nations. This treaty was adopted in July this year with the support of 122 nations. The treaty prohibits development, testing, production, possession, use, or threatened use of nuclear weapons.

Ban treaty is a “significant forward step” toward elimination of nuclear weapons

 [The following joint statement has been released by IPPNWi of which MAPW is an afiliate, the World Medical Association, the International Council of Nurses, and the World Federation of PublicHealth Associations. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opens for signature at the United Nations on September 20, 2017.]

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON CERTAIN CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS 

War with North Korea would be a catastrophe; PM should tell parliament his plans for looking after civilians in the event of war

The raised tensions between North Korea and the United States must be addressed by Australia in a manner that reduces tensions rather than inflates them.

Plea for Diplomacy : letter by Dr Margaret Beavis

Early in the week US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prudently talked of the possibility for dialogue if North Korea stopped its test missile launches. Then Donald Trump waded in, ramping up the threat level, talking of "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States. Pyongyang has only said it will respond if attacked by the US; it is not threatening a first strike.

WW1 Memorials - letter by Dr Sue Wareham

I’m not doubting Lieutenant- General John Monash’s merits as a general, as outlined by Trevor Lipscombe (Letters, 8 August), but can we please be spared another war memorial being squeezed into our city which is already replete with them.  Australia is spending around $600m in total on our WW1 commemoration, far more than an