n early November 2022, we visited Richard Marles’ office to question the operations of the weapons industry. We wanted to show that ordinary people find the weapons industry unacceptable. Our disapproval is such that we are willing to attend publicly, with some effort, and make some noise.
Marles is currently Minister of Defence. His predecessors – the previous Defence Ministers – have very close relationships with the weapons industry. Three of the previous five defence ministers have ended up in significant executive roles leading or advising weapons corporations after leaving parliament. Beazley, Nelson and Pyne moved very quickly to leadership positions with Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Elbit and Nioa.
These relationships require transparency and investigation. Our question is: “Who does the Defence Minister represent?” Its matching question is: “When did the other Defence Ministers start to work for the weapons corporations?” [Read more] Visiting Marles: Smashing the Social License of an Industry Geared to Terrorise.