Australian weapons sales

protest outside parliament house

Less than a month after Lee Jong-sup was appointed South Korea's (RoK's) ambassador to Australia, he was forced to resigned on March 29, amidst protests in South Korea and Australia. Seona Cho, an activist with Melbourne Candlelight Action, explains the background to this scandal and its links to the growing ties between US, Australian and South Korean arms manufacturers.

'Ferra spreads terror', January 24 picket at Ferra Engineering

Pro-Palestine activists picketed a Ferra Engineering factory to protest its provision of weapons components to Israel. Alex Bainbridge reports.

As part of AUKUS, United States and Britain will be exempt from Labor's new rules governing weapons' manufacturing and sales. Binoy Kampmark reports.

Approximately 500 people gathered at the Darwin Esplanade to demand Labor calls for an immediate ceasefire. Stephen W Enciso reports.

Researchers and human rights activists say the public has a right to know about Australia’s export of arms material to Israel, especially as they are being used to kill Palestinian civilians. Peter Boyle reports.

Hundreds participated in a multi-faceted protest outside the Land Forces weapons expo over October 4–6. Alex Bainbridge reports.

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott of the Arabunna Nation. Photo: Disrupt Land Force/Facebook

Standing up against the war profiteers at the Land Forces exhibition in Brisbane was a rainbow coalition of First Nations peoples, peace, climate and human rights defenders. Alex Bainbridge, Jim McIlroy and Steffi Leedham report.

Former PM Malcolm Turnbull was keen for Australia to become a top military equipment exporter and committed billions to a loan scheme for arms manufacturers. Suzanne James investigates.

An Australian-made component has been found in an Azerbaijani-made Azad military drone used to attack the autonomous Armenian territory of Artsakh/Nagorno Karabakh, writes Peter Boyle.

More than 700,000 Australians are struggling to survive on $40 dollars a day while $200 billion is being set aside over the next 10 years for Australia’s military, largely to support US wars, according to the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN).

In January, the federal government launched its new Defence Export Strategy, which aims to turn Australia into one of the world’s top 10 arms exporters. The strategy will raise government assistance for arms exports, making Australia more like Britain and other major arms-exporting states.

Most of the arms companies that made submissions to the Inquiry into Government Support for Australian Defence Industry Exports said government assistance in the promotion and facilitation of overseas arms sales should be increased.