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Peter Masters, a Master of Peace 1920 ~ 2008

Western Australian member Peter Masters passed away on 28 July. He was 88 years old, and active in mind and spirit right to the last. He will be especially missed by MAPW members and supporters in Western Australia and around Australia.

Thanks to Judy Blyth for sharing with us this inspiring obituary.

63rd anniversary of Hiroshima bombing commemorated around Australia

9 AUGUST 2008: Events around Australia commemorated the 63rd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima (6 August 19450 and Nagasaki (9 August 1945).

Wednesday 6 August:

Australia's dangerous military history

JULE 2008: TWO NEW REPORTS based on recently released documents, show Australia's willilngness to test and use weapons of mass destruction during the cold war period.

Australia welcomes Guam activists

SATURDAY 14 JUNE: Visiting Chamoru activists Lisa Natividad and Julian Aguon inspired over fifty participants at an Melbourne workshop on the expansion of US bases in Guam, and the creation of new bases in Okinawa. See the Events column for details of further Australian meetings.

Indian doctors welcome Australian decision not to sell uranium to India

INDIA, 10 JUNE 2008. Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) - MAPW's sister organisation and fellow affiliate of IPPNWi - have issued a press release welcoming Australia's decision not to sell uranium to India, and Prime Minister Rudd's announcement of a new international Commission to advance nuclear disarmament,

MAPW applauds PM's initiative in setting up Commission for nuclear disarmament

CANBERRA, 9 June 2008. MAPW'S President has congratulated Prime Minister Kevin Rudd fon plans announced today for Australia to set up a new international body to push for nuclear disarmament. 

New treaty bans worst cluster munitions

IN DUBLIN between 19 May and 28 May, 110 governments negotiated a new international treaty, the Convention on Cluster Munitions, that will ban cluster munitions that “cause unacceptable harm to civilians”. The treaty bans all the cluster munitions that have been extensively used.

Act now to ban cluster munitions

21 MAY 2008. MAPW has asked its members and supporters to take urgent action (detailed below) to persuade the Australian government to support a total ban on cluster bombs.

A crucial international conference is taking place in Dublin, where the wording of the treaty to ban cluster bombs will be finalised by the end of this week. 

Earthquakes, break-in, raise nuclear safety questions

  • Two stories this week show the vulnerability and risks posed by both military and civilian nuclear facilities

Sweden: Men held over nuclear scare

SWEDISH police detained two men on suspicion of planning to sabotage a nuclear power station today after one of them was discovered entering it with small amounts of a highly explosive material.