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MAPW E-NEWS

February 2017


welcome to the latest round up of news, views and events 



Dear Ka Sing,

Many thanks to everyone who signed our petition to Malcolm Turnbull, asking that Australia participate in the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty negotiations. It was delivered to Malcolm Turnbull’s electoral office on the 10th of February (see picture below).

Sadly, Australia has since decided to boycott the UN negotiations. This is shameful. Not only does it demonstrate subservience to US foreign policy, it also calls into question the Australia’s commitment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the United Nations itself. Australia has participated in every other UN disarmament process. With Trump wanting to boost the US nuclear weapons armoury, we need this ban more than ever.

In Victoria, the Avalon Air show now includes a concurrent major arms trade fair.This family air show should not be a cover for a fair selling weapons into the Pacific region, subsidised by taxpayers. We plan to present a petition to Premier Andrews. If you haven’t signed it yet, here is a
link :https://www.communityrun.org/petitions/stop-the-arms-trade-at-avalon-air-show-1

Australia is again contemplating mission creep by increasing our military participation in the war in Iraq and Syria. We should be withdrawing from an extremely complex conflict that needs skilled diplomacy. Even Julie Bishop is questioning what the US definition of success is.The US alliance has dragged us into many long wars that have proved unwinnable.

We urgently need to work on an independent approach to our foreign policy, especially given increasingly erratic decision making in the White House.

Finally, Australia needs to be funding diplomacy and mediation skills in our foreign affairs department, and boosting foreign aid to help stabilise the world’s poorest communities. Instead we are continuing to massively increase military spending, risking a sparking a regional arms race.MAPW will address these and other issues in our submission to the Foreign Policy White Paper.

With best wishes



Dr Margaret Beavis
President
MAPW - health professionals promoting peace
 

B R E A K I N G   N E W S

 

Prescription for Peace
health professionals call on Australia to attend treaty talks to
BAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS 

On Friday 10th February, Dr Sue Wareham, MAPW VIce President (pictured above), along with members of MAPW, delivered an open letter to the Prime Ministers' office in Sydney. The open letter, signed by over 100 health professional, is calling on the government to take part in treaty negotiations to ban nuclear weapons. 

Disappointingly, the government has announced it will boycott the negotiations, which is unprecedented for Australia.

“This will be the first time that Australia has ever boycotted disarmament negotiations. We’re a party to treaties prohibiting chemical weapons, biological weapons, landmines and cluster munitions. It beggars belief that the government is now refusing to negotiate a ban on nuclear weapons.” said Tim Wright, Director of  ICAN when speaking to the Guardian (click here for full article).

Writing for the Australia Institute for Foreign Affairs, academics Maria Rost Rublee, Marianne Hanson and Anthony Burke conclude that the decision not to attend is a "missed opportunity and wrong turn for Australian foreign policy". 

"Getting a ban treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons is a high priority for the international community. We have successfully banned chemical and biological weapons, and these treaties showed that stigmatising and banning a weapon is an important first step in ultimately eliminating them. As with chemical and biological weapons, landmines and cluster munitions, a ban treaty will stand as a powerful statement against nuclear weapons." (click here for full article)

With the first negotiating meeting starting on 17 March 2017, we will be working to apply as much pressure as possible on the government, urging them to change its position and attend. 

Look out for more information and updates over the coming months.

 


MAPW & IPPNW NEWS



Foreign Policy White Paper 
MAPW Submission now available

Minister For Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, The Hon Steve Ciobo MP, have invited the Australian community to help inform and shape the Australian Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper.

The public consultation was launched on December 13th 2016. Under the title, "shaping Australia's foreign policy for the future", the Department of Foreign Affairs has published the terms of reference .

The new white paper will be the first since 2003 and much has changed since over the last 13 years. Growing community concern that Australia should develop an independent foreign policy will undoubtedly be raised by many throughout the process. 


MAPW has made a submission and we await the outcome of the process. Click here to read our submission. 


Health through Peace - 2017 IPPNW World Congress
 

In September 2017, Medact and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) are bringing together a gathering of people from the health and peace communities to discuss the state of global war and conflict, and promote more effective peace building and demilitarisation as a prerequisite for social justice, good health and ecological sustainability worldwide.

The congress will be attended by a range of partners to create a vibrant opportunity to learn about the roots of war, conflict and violence; and to find ways to reverse the recent upswing in violence, intolerance and tension worldwide.

Health Through Peace 2017 will provide unique opportunities to network with key academics, organisations and leaders in the peace, social justice and global health sectors, amongst others.  The university campus setting of York University will also provide many opportunities for informal and intimate interaction and discussion between delegates.

For more information about the Congress and how to book, please click here.

 

Nuclear News


New ICAN booklet: Ban nuclear weapons 2017

 
Historic negotiations will begin at the United Nations in March on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. This new booklet from ICAN explains the potential impact of the treaty, and how the negotiations have come about. ICAN is calling for the agreement to prohibit such activities as the development, production, testing, acquisition, stockpiling, transfer, deployment, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons. It should also provide an obligation for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and a framework to achieve it. To download and read the booklet click here.



The first meeting of the Panel on Peace and Security of
Northeast Asia (PSNA)

Thank you to Michael Hamel-Green for providing information about this important regional peace initiative. Michael is co-chair of the Panel for Peace and Security and has sent in the latest update from the panel. Click here to read the full newsletter.
 

WAR & PEACE NEWS


With Donald Trump in power, Australia urgently needs to re-evaluate its US bases

MAPW National President, Dr Margaret Beavis had another excellent opinion piece published in the Sydney Morning Herald this month. In the article, Dr Beavis make the case for Australia to pursue an independent foreign policy, expressed in more details in the MAPW submission to the Foreign Affairs white paper above. Click here to read Dr Beavis's comment article in full.  
 

Latest Bulletin from Australian's for War Powers Reform
 
Since the election of Donald Trump, the US/Australian relationship and alliance has had an unprecedented level of coverage . The Campaign to reform war powers in Australia in its latest bulletin focuses on this issue in some detail. You can read the latest issues of the AWPR bulletin by clicking here.


Rotary International Peace Fellowships : applications now Open

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of their peace centers. Fellows are selected to receive full funding to earn either a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies or a master’s degree in a range of disciplines related to peace and security at one of 7 partnering universities. Each Rotary Peace Center offers a unique curriculum and field-based learning opportunities that examine peace and conflict theory through various frameworks.

To learn more about the program, visit the Rotary Peace Centers website. All applications are due 31 May 2017.

 
 

Whats On 


Australian Capital Territory
What: Annual MAPW ACT Branch Dinner
When: Tuesday 21 March @ 6.30pm

Where: TEATRO VIVALDI RESTAURANT ANU ARTS CENTRE, UNIVERSITY AVENUE, CANBERRA
Guest Speaker: Professor Stuart Rees, founder of the Sydney Peace Foundation
More information and booking details: click here


What: Welcome refugees - Close the Camps rally

When: Sunday 9 April @ 1pm

Where: Civic Square, Canberra ACT

More Informatio
nhttps://www.facebook.com/Canberra-Refugee-Action-Committee-187859284629049/

New South Wales

What: Rally for Refugees

When: Sunday 9 April 2017 @ 2pm  

Where: Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park North, Sydney

More information https://www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225/

 

Speakers include:
MARK MOREY Secretary, Unions NSW
SAMUEL PHO Vietnamese refugee and Salvation Army National Secretary
SUE WAREHAM Medical Association for the Prevention of War

Queensland

What:
Rally for Refugees

When: Sunday 9 April 2017 @ 2pm

Where: King George Square, George Street Brisbane CBD QLD

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1257847874300436/

Speakers: Dr Daniele Viliunas - Medical Association for Prevention of War, QLD
                 Ross Gwyther - Just Peace Qld

 


South Australia                

What: Walk for Refugees

When: Sunday 9 April 2017 2pm

Where: Victoria Square, Adelaide SA

Further Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1460313434042846/
 

Tasmania

What: Walk for Justice for Refugees

When: Sunday 9 April 2017 @12.30pm

Where: Princes Square, Launceston, Tasmania

More Informationhttps://www.facebook.com/palmsundaywalk/photos/a.493768737395898.1073741828.488939504545488/1228708847235213/?type=3&theater 

 



Victoria

What:  MAPW Vic Branch Dinner Meeting

When: Tuesday 14 March 2017 @ 6.30pm

Where: The Court House Hotel, 

More information
All Victoria branch members are welcome to attend.
Please rsvp by emailing Dr Peter Wigg  http://drpeterwigg@gmail.com

What: IDEA 2017 Conference - hosted by Doctors for Environment

When: 1st April 2017

Where: University of Melbourne, Swanston Street, Melbourne

More Informationhttps://www.facebook.com/events/165098523945050/


What: Rally for Refugees

When: Sunday 9th April 2017 @ 2pm

Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

More Information: http://rac-vic.org/2017/01/30/2pm-9-april-palm-sunday-walk-for-justice-for-refugees/

Western Australia

What : The Immediate Dangers of Nuclear War: consequences for, and responsibilities of the health professions : A public lecture by Dr Sue Wareham, Medical Association for Prevention of War

When: Thursday 30 March 2017 @ 6.00pm

Where: Murdoch Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, The University of Western Australia

More Information: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/a6e5567f81275b06aabcfd87e/files/220aec3c-4d66-47a2-a494-a258120a7d0b/Public_Lecture_by_Dr_Sue_Wareham.pdf


What : Walk for Justice for Refugees

When: Sunday 9th April 2017 @ 1pm

Where: St Georges Cathedral, St Georges Terrace, Perth WA

More Information :  https://www.facebook.com/events/1861924630718373/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1488861793238696

 
 
 

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Thank you to all our contributors for sharing their articles and reports with MAPW. If you would like to write an article for enews or have information about events in your area you think would be of interest to MAPW members, please email Phyllis at  eo@mapw.org.au
 
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