Sign Now: No subsidies for Australian arms exports

Sign now - stop subsidising the arms trade

Australia is bankrolling Australian companies to sell weapons. 

Not in our name, Prime Minister... and the next Prime Minister too! Not in our name.

In January 2018, a decision to allocate $3.8bn to support manufacturers of military equipment to export their products through EFIC (Export Finance and Insurance Corporation) was made by the Government. Supported loan arrangements for so called "#DefenceExports".

Already one Australian Stock Exchange listed company, Electro Optic Systems, has received more than $30Million but that is just 1% of the total offered. Dozens more deals are being done.

Weapons technology including artificial intelligence is being subsidised by Australians and heading to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Both are involved in extraordinary abuses in Yemen, currently the "worst humanitarian crisis in the world".

Tell our Prime Minister(s!) and the leader of the opposition, we are ashamed of their push to fund arms exporters. Tell them we think this adds to the dangers our children and grandchildren face. 

Let's be like New Zealand and create a Ministry of Disarmament and Arms Control instead. 

 


SIGN THE PETITION BELOW

We call on the Australian government to cease the specific funding allocated to the export of military technology products: no special loans, subsidies or grants.

The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation [EFIC] must not be used for the export of military technology to countries that commit human rights abuse.

This contravenes the Arms Trade Treaty.

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Footnotes

ABC: Australia's Secret Backing for Nations Fighting Bloody Yemen War

Tristan Dunning, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section, Parliamentary Library. Yemen - the 'worst humanitarian cirsis in the world' continues.

SBSNews [Jan 29, 2017) Defence exports: Turnbull unveils $3.8b fund to boost foreign sales of Australian arms

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  • jAN bRAHE
    signed 2019-09-21 18:25:07 +1000
    Unbelievable ! Once again NZ has it all over Aust as a decent country, while we become more and more vile.
  • Debbie Cummings
    signed 2019-07-18 10:44:32 +1000
  • Kay McPadden
    signed 2019-06-24 17:36:55 +1000
  • Alexander Aslanis
    signed 2019-06-24 08:26:45 +1000
    I will sign for anything that promotes peace be it in a family in a nation or in the world Peaceful thought don’t come when you see and hear of all the war efforts some world leaders promote as the sole defence and war materiel to warloving nations is no deterrent to peace anywhere Millions are now homeless because of wars
  • Lizii Prince
    signed 2019-06-21 20:56:13 +1000
    Lizii Prince
  • Callan Dwyer
    signed 2019-06-13 12:42:37 +1000
  • Mohit Dewan
    signed 2019-05-09 17:07:07 +1000
  • Madison Rabbitt
    signed 2019-05-09 13:04:28 +1000
  • Anna McCormack
    signed 2019-04-26 00:11:50 +1000
    Anna McCormack
  • Jill Koppel
    signed 2019-04-19 10:50:37 +1000
    Jill Koppel
  • Helen Bayes
    signed 2019-04-18 15:37:23 +1000
    Comply with the Arms Trade Treaty and allocate this $3billion to global #peacebuilding and protection of #humanrights, and so extinguish war now and forever. It can and must be done for our human future.
  • Mercia Morton
    signed 2019-04-13 12:47:02 +1000
    Not in my name! Not in our name!
  • Rosemarie Ellis
    signed 2019-04-09 22:11:46 +1000
  • Jonathan Pilbrow
    signed 2019-04-09 01:18:22 +1000
    Let’s invest in things that improve the lives of people – not in weapons that are designed to kill
  • niki johnston/lambelet
    signed 2019-04-08 13:18:37 +1000
    niki johnston/lambelet
  • Bob Doyle
    signed 2019-04-08 12:58:38 +1000
    Peace on earth requires all nations to melt, not produce, weapons.
  • Craig Silba
    signed 2019-04-08 09:26:04 +1000
  • Clive Lohrey
    signed 2019-04-08 09:13:58 +1000
    Subsidising horror on earth will ensure we get our share back. Do we wish this?
  • Sally Gale
    signed 2019-04-08 07:17:28 +1000
  • Jane Thomas
    signed 2019-04-08 07:17:19 +1000
  • rosie bookallil
    signed 2019-04-08 07:02:04 +1000
    rosie bookallil
  • Chris Patton
    signed 2019-04-08 06:57:16 +1000
  • Geoff Guest
    signed 2019-04-08 06:12:51 +1000
  • ian plant
    signed 2019-04-08 06:01:24 +1000
  • Judy Shelley
    signed 2019-04-08 03:45:12 +1000
  • Michael Clarke
    signed 2019-04-07 23:23:57 +1000
    Michael Clarke
  • Jessica Neubeck
    signed 2019-04-07 22:59:18 +1000
    I would like to see a change. Each taxpayer shall be made responsible and have choices in which direction their taxes are spent. I like to see my tax spent in free Education and Health als well helping gentle our planet to recover. I like my taxmonies spent in educating People growing their own food. No dangerous pestecides used no Gmo’s. I like a worldwide only two children policy.
  • Kim Lucas
    signed 2019-04-07 22:17:51 +1000
  • John Robinson.
    signed 2019-04-07 18:48:20 +1000
  • Jane Taylor
    signed 2019-04-07 13:59:52 +1000