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Alice Springs meeting to question Angela Pamela uranium mine

MAPW's Northern Territory branch is supporting a public meeting on proposed uranium exploration at the Angela Pamela deposits, to be held Wednesday 7 May in Alice Springs.

The meeting will provide information on the implications of uranium exploration and mining, and discuss options for community response.

Australia raises Nuclear Weapons Convention at Treaty meeting

GENEVA 30 APRIL 2008. ICANi'S TIM WRIGHT REPORTS:Australia today delivered a statement on nuclear disarmament to the Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting in Geneva. It was much different from statements made in previous years.

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Australian NGOs attend UN non-proliferation meeting

GENEVA, 30 APRIL 2008: MAPW Vice-President Tilman Ruff is currently in Geneva attending the NPTi PrepCom (28 April – 9 May), an important meeting of states which are parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Tilman is one of two NGOi representatives invited to be on the official Australian delegation.

MAPW raises human costs of war, at Melbourne's Alternative Anzac Day

MELBOURNE, APRIL 25. Over 100 people attended Melbourne's first Alternative Anzac Day commemoration today.

MAPW was invited to make one of a series of brief interventions. Nancy Atkin read a message from IPPNWi Turkey and a poem from David Menkes of IPPNWi New Zealand; and commented briefly on the rapidly escalating human costs of war, over the last 100 years.

Lax safeguards: Scientists drop a nuclear bombshell. 2008

LAX NUCLEAR SAFEGUARDS pose a key threat for Australia and the world, according to an opinion piece published in the Adelaide Advertiser on 22 April 2008; written by MAPW Vice-President Dr Bill Williams, with Professor Jim Falk.

Banning cluster bombs: time to write a letter

Australia is among a group of countries seeking to "water down" the international treaty to ban cluster bombs, which will be negotiated in Dublin on 19 – 30 May 2008.

It is an important time for people to write to the government, as well as to newspapers and other media urging that they fully support the draft treaty, without loopholes.

2020 summit prioritises nuclear disarmament

CANBERRA 21 APRIL 2008. Nuclear disarmament was included in the  "priority themes" developed at the weekend summit. 

The stream discussing Australia's security and prosperity in a rapidly changing region and world, listed among five priorities:

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New book: Pacifism and English Literature - February 2008

R.S. (Bob) WHITE is Professor of English at the University of Western Australia.

Wars have been waged so continuously through human history that they are regarded as unavoidable, but the increasing destructiveness to civilians and the environment makes pacifism an urgent and viable alternative.

MAPW representative to join Australian non-proliferation delegation

MAPW immediate Past President Dr Tilman Ruff has been invited to represent Australian non-governmental organisations on the Australian delegation to the 2008 Preparatory Committee for the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPTi PrepCom), which begins in Geneva in late April.