REPORT:

Choosing Humanity

“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.

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CONTENTS

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

ICAN Ambassadors

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

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