Recent and Current Activities of MAPW
MAPW encourages public debate and lobbies politicians with the information it provides. Campaigns include:
- informing Australians of the health, environmental and financial costs of Australia’s wars;
- increasing controls over the spread of lethal weapons here and overseas;
- banning inhumane weapons such as cluster bombs, land mines and chemical weapons;
- supporting a global treaty to move towards a world free of nuclear weapons.
MAPW recent actions:
- Provided expert information and analysis on the Fukushima nuclear accident and the hazards of ionising radiation in the mass media and through our own publications.
- Campaigned for the total abolition of nuclear weapons, through the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). ICAN has established a Geneva office with Norwegian government support.
- Built support for a Nuclear Weapons Convention: now backed by 147 UN member countries.
- Published and distributed 2000 copies of Vision 2030, our critique of Australia’s military spending and strategy.
- Urged that peace-building be the focus of the 2015 ANZAC centenary commemoration, through a detailed submission.
- Analysed and published on the health effects of uranium mining and the nuclear industry.
- Produced fact sheets on ionising radiation, and its health risks; and debunking “medical” rationales for a nuclear waste dump.
- Visited remote communities to inform them of the health hazards of uranium mining.
- Called for an independent inquiry into Australia’s participation in the Iraq war.
- Analysed the Afghanistan war and the Australian Defence Force’s presence in Afghanistan.
- Researched and produced information on the increasing use of drones and robotic warfare.
- Held and spoken at meetings and events on issues of peace, abolishing nuclear weapons, and the hazards of the nuclear industry, in every Australian state and territory.