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Landmines: the state of play.

Landmines: the state of play.

By Bill Frilay. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL)  – the NGO leader on this issue – estimates that around 4,000-5,000 people were maimed or killed by landmines last year alone, and that millions more suffer from the agricultural, economic, and psychological impacts of the weapons. They estimate that there are still tens of […]

September 12th, 2012 | Posted in Disarmament,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

An arms trade treaty.

An arms trade treaty.

By Bill Frilay. The UN has failed to reach agreement on a draft text for an Arms Trade Treaty, which would seek to establish controls on the international trade in arms, and, in particular, to ban their illicit trade. It would require countries to assess if a proposed arms export could be used to commit or […]

August 14th, 2012 | Posted in Disarmament,Issues of concern,Peace,Publications,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Japan’s nuclear nightmares

Japan’s nuclear nightmares

By Bruce Duncan The world was transfixed by the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan after it was hit on 11 March last year by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and 14-metre tsunami, destroying the plant’s cooling systems. The situation became so dire in following days that the president of the Tokyo Electric […]

March 9th, 2012 | Posted in Disarmament | Read More »

The illegality of selling Australian uranium to India

The illegality of selling Australian uranium to India

Australia’s planned breach of its international treaty obligations  The sale of Australian uranium to India, as proposed by Prime Minister Julie Gillard in November 2011, would violate Australia’s obligations under the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty SPNFZT), an international legal instrument initiated by Australia in the 1980s. CLICK HERE for the complete article.

December 5th, 2011 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature | Read More »

SPC Policy Statement on Nuclear Disarmament

SPC Policy Statement on Nuclear Disarmament

Despite concerns about nuclear weapons over the past 60 years, there are now nine or ten nations possessing around 27,000 nuclear weapons.3 The world has been fortunate that these weapons have not been deployed so far. However, this good fortune cannot be expected to continue indefinitely. Nuclear arsenals are still justified on the basis of […]

June 10th, 2011 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Policy Statements | Read More »

Nuclear disarmament: The great challenge

Nuclear disarmament: The great challenge

Professor Tilman Ruff – Chair of the Australian Board of ICAN and Rev Harry Kerr – Chair of Pax Christi (Vic), addressed Social Policy Connections on March 29th 2011 on one of the world’s most pressing issues, nuclear disarmament. Professor Ruff outlined the catastrophic outcome for the planet if even a small amount of nuclear […]

March 4th, 2011 | Posted in Disarmament,Events,SPC Events 2011 | Read More »

UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review – by Bill Frilay July 2010

UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review – by Bill Frilay July 2010

UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review – Feedback from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Bill Frilay reports. Representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade traveled to Melbourne on 21 July 2010 to brief NGOs on the outcomes of the five-yearly review – held over four weeks in May in New York – […]

October 9th, 2010 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature | Read More »

Nuclear Non-Proliferation – Update May 2010

Nuclear Non-Proliferation – Update May 2010

There has been further encouraging news on the nuclear non-proliferation front over the past month. Firstly, President Obama announced a change in US nuclear defence policy. In a statement of 6 April, Nuclear Posture Review1, the United States declared for the first time that America would not use its nuclear arsenal against non-nuclear states that […]

May 21st, 2010 | Posted in Disarmament,Peace | Read More »

SPC statement at ‘New Clear Exchange’ Workshop, February 2010

SPC statement at ‘New Clear Exchange’ Workshop, February 2010

Presentation by Mr Bill Frilay on behalf of Social Policy Connections at the ‘New Clear Exchange’ Workshop, Melbourne, 15 February 2010 Starting from first principles there are of course the teachings of Christ. Christ espoused love and peace throughout his mission. This, the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes, parables such as the Good […]

February 15th, 2010 | Posted in Disarmament,Peace,Policy Statements | Read More »

News on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Front

News on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Front

By Bill Frilay 2009 was a year of hope for nuclear disarmament. After many fruitless years there seems to be a will by the key players – especially the Obama administration – to take real action. But there is a long way to go, and there are many problems. As Copenhagen and Doha have demonstrated, […]

January 30th, 2010 | Posted in Disarmament,Peace | Read More »