Closing the Nioa-Thales, weapons factory at Benalla. April 11 2023, 6am, Yorta Yorta country. A heavy mist drenched the land in the long dawn light. Foraging roos and wallabies stared at our convoy in amazement as we wound our way through the swampy country. Silver and pink rays lit up stands of ghost gums, shivering… [Read more] Close it Down! Nine hours, no bullets!
Wage Peace actions, philosophy, history and future plans can be found in these pages. Find out what we’ve been up to, what we’re planning and who we’re doing it with. All our work is oriented towards #EarthCareNotWarfare, using the politics and practice of nonviolence. We welcome new peace and climate justice activists.
The civil resistance in West Papua is steadfast, creative, diverse and growing. Wage Peace is working closely with organisers in West Papua towards our shared goal of ending Indonesian state violence in the occupied territory. Papuans are calling for the withdrawal of Indonesian troops and the start of peaceful dialogue. We are calling for a ban on military exports to Indonesia and a suspension of joint military and police training exercises between Australia and Indonesia. [Read more] Peace In Papua
Our theory of change rests on the premise that when people put their bodies in places that disrupt dominant discourse or business practices, demonstrating commitment and moral courage, that discourse or practice is forced to shift. This shift opens possibilities for articulating and creating the world we want to see. [Read more] Making Change
Thales, a multi national weapons corporation is terrorising the people of West Papua. Thales is militarising their forests and lands. Thales is transferring weaponised armoured vehicles with turrets featuring automated optics – for automatic killing. This year Wage Peace will hold Thales to account for their weapons sales to Indonesia. [Read more] Nights at Thales in Meanjin
Marles and Thales: a match made in the military industrial complex, 01.02.23. This is what Defence Ministers and Foreign Ministers do. They swan around the world on tax payer funded junkets arranging the transfer of public money to private corporations, aka selling weapons. Gunpowder, manufactured by Thales, in Australia, will fuel the disaster that is… [Read more] Marles & Thales
Richard Marles is the most recent “Defence Minister” for Australia. Before him, Australia had Kim Bomber Beazley who went on to work for Lockheed Martin, Brendon Nelson who became head of Boeing Australia and then Boeing the World, and Christopher Pyne who is advisor to many Australian weapons company ‘Primes’ – Noia, Elbit, EOS – and is Chairman of the Australian Missile Corporation.
We went to Marles’ office in the south part of the Great South Land and asked the $30bn question: who do you represent and when do or DID you make the actual switch from public servant to weapons advocate? [Read more] Smashing the Social License of an Industry Geared to Terrorise.
On Friday 11 November, at 11am, activists in Narrm / Melbourne observed 1 minute of silence for those murdered in war – INSIDE THE SECURITY FOYER OF AN ARMS DEALER!!! We had managed to take our entire entourage, with banners, placards, a viola, amplifier and 2 replica bombs right into the security screening room of Thales in the ‘World Trade Centre’ on the banks of the Birrarung or Yarra river. The replicas were of FZ68 rockets, manufactured by Thales in Belgium, fired at West Papuan villages in 2021. [Read more] Peace In Papua – Thales, recall your bombs
Lockheed Martin: Major exporters of colonialism and death The annual general meeting of the arms company Lockheed Martin will be held the 28th of April this year. In this meeting, a report is given to Lockheed Martin’s shareholders on the company’s strategy and productivity during the last year. This meeting will surely not bring many… [Read more] Stop Lockheed Martin
Action resources Designs for placards, banners and posters, graphic elements, fact sheets, infographics and videos about weapons corporations, plus our theme song Jangan Bunuh Kami Lagi (Get Your Armies Off Our Bodies) can be found on our sister site, disruptlandforces.org Heaps of resources to support anti-militarist and West Papua solidarity actions are ready for download… [Read more] Resources