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 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
On the 15th of August 2022, the Emporium Hotel in Meanjin (Brisbane) was just putting the final touches on their Magnolia room. The staff had spent the previous night setting up tables, chairs, and stunning floral center pieces. They wanted everything to look good for their client. The client, and the organiser of the event… [Read more] Interrupting the Pipeline: Defence in STEM