Blog: Parliamentary Appeal in Australia

From November 10-14 ICAN Australia and the Medical Association for Prevention of War ran a Parliamentary Appeal Week. The response was so great we’ve decided to continue our work. This blog will provide you with all the latest updates!

Have your state or federal MPs and Senators signed the Appeal? Check the current list of signatories and download a copy of the Parliamentary Appeal here. Get in touch with the team and we will be happy to provide information, materials and advice for convincing your parliamentary representatives to support a ban.

Contact or call the ICAN and MAPW office on (03) 9023 1958.

Reviewing the Stats: Which parties have answered the call?

Here’s a breakdown of the federal signatures we have collected so far.

When looking at it, there are some really interesting figures in there! All of the Australian Federal Greens have signed on to our appeal.

So far, 49% of Australian Labor Politicians want a ban on nuclear weapons. This number is over half in the senate at 52%.

The response from the Labor Party has been encouraging. 70% of the signatures we have collected are from Labor.

Matt Thistlethwaite stands on the right side of history!

Matt Thistlethwaite, member for Kingsford Smith in NSW met with Sue Wareham last week and signed on to our appeal. A great result! Adding his name to the list means that almost half of all federal Labor politicians have signed on.


Thursday 13th November – Carole Wigg, Peter Wigg and Simone Braid (MAPW)

On Thursday 13th November Peter and Simone from MAPW met with Jenny Macklin, their local member.  Ms Macklin handed over her signed appeal and joined the 100+ Australian parliamentarians to support a ban on nuclear weapons.


Thursday 6th November- Dr Michael Grounds (MAPW)

On Thursday 6th November Dr Michael Grounds met with Lisa Chesters, who signed the appeal. Adding her name to the list of more than 100 Australian politicians supporting a ban on nuclear weapons.

Friday 31st October - Jenny Grounds, President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War

Meeting with Senator Janet Rice at Riddell Creek, click here for the article in the Midland Express.

On Friday 31st October, Greens Senator Janet Rice paid a visit to Riddells Creek, to talk to the community about her work and her commitment to saving forests, combating climate change.  She is the Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure.  Before her talk she was visited by a group of year 9 students from Gisborne Secondary College who have become deeply concerned about nuclear weapons, having visited Hiroshima on a school trip to Japan four weeks ago, with their teacher Noriko Igaka.   They welcomed the opportunity to appeal to Senator Rice to sign on to a letter calling for the  banning of all nuclear weapons. The letter has been signed by more than 500 parliamentarians globally, including more than 100 in Australia.  

Dr Jenny Grounds from Riddells Creek who is involved with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons presented the letter to the Senator to sign, while the students spoke with her of their concerns about nuclear weapons and presented her with a string of paper cranes, a symbol of peace.

Teacher Noriko Ikaga, Claire Randall, Xander Reichard, Caitlin Harris, Senator Janet Rice, Dr Jenny Grounds, Ruby Ramsden, Monica Harvey, and Natasha Lee.


Thursday 9th October- Phyllis Campbell-McRae (MAPW)

Meeting with Senator Ricky Muir’s advisor Jonathan Sharman

Dr Peter Wigg and I went along to meet with Senator Muir’s legislative advisor, Jonathan Sharman. We had initially been told the meeting would be fifteen minutes only, so we went prepared with all out talking points and information to hand. We were greeted by a very welcoming staff team who were keen to find out more about our work towards a ban on nuclear weapons.

As we got into the meeting proper we highlighted that nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet banned by an international treaty, that the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty is not working, why that is and the decision by the Red Cross/Crescent movement internationally to call for a ban on nuclear weapons because it would be impossible to respond with humanitarian aid in the event of a nuclear blast. We also highlighted that a recent independent poll of Australians resulted in 84% of Australians believe that the Australian government should support a ban on nuclear weapons and support global efforts to achieve this. We also highlighted the less than supportive role Australia has played in recent international meetings to highlight the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.

We were asked to provide some additional information which we have done and now we’re looking forward to hearing back from Senator Muir. We thought it was a very positive meeting (lasting much longer than fifteen minutes). I hope we get a positive response, fingers crossed!


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