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MAPW raises nuclear awareness at national peace events on Palm Sunday

SUNDAY 5 APRIL 2009. MAPW speakers were guests at successful Palm Sunday rallies in both Melbourne and Sydney, with Tasmanian members coordinating a Palm Sunday vigil in Hobart.

In Melbourne, ICANi organiser Jessica Morrison chaired the peace event. Speakers included MAPW Vice President and ICANi Board member Dr Ruth Mitchell.

MAPW members invited to address nuclear inquiry

MELBOURNE, WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 2009. Dr Sue Wareham OAM. speaking as MAPW President and submission author, was one of six of experts invited to a Round Table with the Committee inquiring into Australia's nuclear treaties.

(See 9 December story for inquiry background.) Associate Professor Tilman Ruff participated on behalf of ICANi.

World physicians issue medical appeal to Obama, Medvedev

MONDAY 23 MARCH 2009: On the eve of Prime Minister Rudd’s meeting with US President Barack Obama, more than 300 of the world’s top physicians have written to the US and Russian Presidents.

Time to upgrade Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone treaties

MELBOURNE, 9 DECEMBER. Australia's nuclear treaties Inquiry offers a chance to call for a strengthened South Pacific Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone, MAPW members heard last night.

Associate Professor Michael Hamel-Green, Australia's foremost expert on nuclear weapons-free zones (NWFZs), was the guest speaker at a well-attended Victorian Branch dinner. 

Parliamentary Inquiry into Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

(UPDATED 24 MARCH 2009) Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has published 78 public submissions to its Inquiry into all the international nuclear treaties involving Australia.

Polynesian nuclear workers criticise French compensation offer

French nuclear veterans have strongly criticised a proposed new law covering compensation for survivors of French nuclear testing in Algeria and French Polynesia. The law would cover former nuclear workers and military personnel whose health was affected by French nuclear tests - but survivors say few people would be eligible.

MAPW calls for end to Israel’s Gaza blockade

The Medical Association for Prevention of War has called on the Australian Government to help secure an end to the Israeli Government’s crippling blockade of Gaza.

MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham OAM says that the blockade is a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions, with recent reports indicating that life for Gaza residents is becoming intolerable.

New MAPW presentations on nuclear power and climate change

NEW in our resources section:  two MAPW slideshow presentations which document the key reasons why nuclear power is not the solution to climate change - including substantial carbon emissions when all steps of the production process are taken into account; the health and nuclear war risks; and the sustainable alternatives

Fund-raiser / Communications position: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

See our resources page for the job description for details of this 6-month, 3 days a week position in 2009.

Western Australian ad queries Australia’s Afghanistan war

Australia is at war. Why?

The United States and its allies are spending more than $US720 million a day or $US 500,000 per hour waging war amongst the poorest communities on earth.

A full-page advertisement in today’s West Australian newspaper, asks this question. It suggests readers write to Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and urge him to bring Australian troops home.