Copying Donald Trump and engaging in hostile exchanges with North Korea is hardly statesmanlike

This letter by MAPW President, Dr Margaret Beavis was published in the Sydney Morning Hearald and The Age on 25th April 2017


“Julie Bishop’s lecture to North Korea’s government to invest in the welfare of its citizens, rather than in weapons of mass destruction, smacks of hypocrisy. Australia is currently rapidly escalating our military expenditure while stripping foreign aid, not funding Gonski reforms, and slowly killing off Medicare by freezing rebates.

Furthermore, Australia has very actively undermined current UN negotiations to make nuclear weapons illegal.

Finally, copying Donald Trump and engaging in hostile exchanges with North Korea is hardly statesmanlike. Increasing diplomatic work with China would be a more mature and useful focus.”