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 News
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.
Demilitarise Education – Campaign Background Briefing
The Defence Industry has gained undue influence in the education sector particularly with regard to STEM education. [Read more] Demilitarise Education – Campaign Background Briefing
Letter of Concern from Engineers: Weapons Corporation Boeing Should Not be at the University of Queensland
Professor David Hood has written a letter to the University of Queensland regarding the imposition of the weapons trade on university culture. He has specifically referenced the weapons corporation Boeing. We have invited engineers – retired, re-professionned, current, or students – to indicate support for Adj Professor Hood’s letter by adding their voices to this… [Read more] Letter of Concern from Engineers: Weapons Corporation Boeing Should Not be at the University of Queensland
War-Mongering with China: A Justification for More Weapons Sales
Commentary by Anthony Kelly, Melbourne, Naarm. Wage Peace finds the Red Alert media story in the Channel 9 media (Age SMH and 7media) on Wednesday 8th March deplorable. We see Richard Marles’ – together with Stephen Smith the author of the strategic paper – disgusting alliance with the US in action as do what they… [Read more] War-Mongering with China: A Justification for More Weapons Sales
War Criminals need not apply; a summary of DLF22
Disrupt Land Forces is, in so many ways, an experiment. It is an experiment in relational organising, the logistics, in campaign strategy, in messaging, and in ways of being together. We like it like that. In 2022 we ran our first repetition of this experiment, incorporating the results from the previous year. You can read… [Read more] War Criminals need not apply; a summary of DLF22
Nights at Thales in Meanjin
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
Conversations with the Arms Dealers: Thales and the first of December
The Thales building looms large over Sydney Olympic Park station. An imposing wall of slick dark glass, crowned by a six-foot tall sign bearing their logo. From the outside, you wouldn’t know that Thales is an arms dealer. Thales is not exactly a household name, and they don’t want to be. They move in the… [Read more] Conversations with the Arms Dealers: Thales and the first of December
Marles & Thales
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
Smashing the Social License of an Industry Geared to Terrorise.
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.