“Choosing Humanity: why Australia must join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” sets out in detail the case for Australia to join the global majority of nations in supporting the nuclear weapon ban treaty. It demonstrates why joining the treaty is in Australia’s interest and documents the public support and political momentum behind this goal. It addresses key criticisms and myths about the treaty and advises a practical pathway for signature and ratification.
The report is an informative tool to further the campaign in Australia, clarifying the practical and political feasibility of joining the treaty. It showcases a diverse range of voices including faith groups, experts, unions, parliamentarians, the Australian Red Cross and First Nations people impacted by nuclear testing.
The treaty has strong civil society and political support in Australia. “Choosing Humanity” is a powerful contribution to the push for Australia to become a state party.
Foreword Professor Gillian Triggs
Introduction Dr Margaret Beavis and Dr Ruth Mitchell
Chapter 1: The Treaty
Nobel Peace Prize Berit Reiss-Andersen
Why join the ban
The time is right to address the peril of nuclear war The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
Chapter 2: Getting on the right side of history
Canberra Commission: then and now Robert O’Neill AO FASSA, Canberra Commissioner
Irati Wanti Karina Lester, Yankunytjatjara-Anangu
Indigenous Statement to the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty negotiations
Chapter 3: The danger and the consequences
The Red Cross case for the elimination of nuclear weapons Tara Gutman, Australian Red Cross
Nurses and midwives for the ban Annie Butler, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
Chapter 4: Black mist white rain
We cannot let history repeat itself! We are not guinea pigs! Youngsolwara Pacific and MISA4thePacific
Anointed Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
Chapter 5: Australia’s approach to banning the bomb
Changing the world Anthony Albanese MP, Labor leader
Parliamentarians for the ban
Who supports the ban?
Peace is union business Michele O’Neil, Australian Council of Trade Unions
Chapter 6: Momentum for change
Seeking a just and peaceful world Rob Floyd, Uniting Church in Australia Assembly
Communities of faith for a future free of nuclear weapons
A feminist perspective Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Conclusion Dr Margaret Beavis and Dr Ruth Mitchell
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons