‘History is Calling’ is ICAN Australia’s new report setting out in detail the case for Australia to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Picking up from where Choosing Humanity (2019) left off, this report outlines Australia’s progress on implementation, the TPNW’s complementarity with other agreements, nuclear safeguards and disarmament architecture, enforcement, universalisation, victim assistance and environmental remediation, Australia and its alliances, and nuclear deterrence theory. It concludes that, as a nation that claims commitment to the international rules-based order, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, it is both essential and inevitable that Australia signs and ratifies the ban treaty.  

RESOURCE:  Australia: Disarmament, Arms Control and Nuclear Security Treaties (2024)

There is a proud bipartisan history of Australia joining disarmament, arms control, and nuclear security treaties. Australia has joined almost every applicable universal and regional arms control and disarmament agreement at this time, with the exception of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which opened for signature in New York on 20 Sep 2017.  This new resource, Australia: Disarmament, Arms Control and Nuclear Security Treaties recounts Australia’s bipartisan history of leadership under both the Labor and Coalition governments, highlighting multiple examples of treaties that were signed by a Coalition government and ratified by a Labor government, and vice versa. 


ICAN Australia’s new report 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.


Click here to access some of ICAN Australia’s written materials, including discussion papers and booklets, from 2013 onwards.


Click here to access documents acquired from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Defence under freedom of information laws, along with ICAN’s analysis.


Click here to see a list of media releases, news stories, radio and television interviews, journal articles and opinion pieces featuring ICAN’s work in Australia.


Click here for a selection of films showcasing some of the people, places and stories of the campaign to abolish nuclear weapons. All films are available for film screenings and other events.


Click here to go to the Flickr page for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. There are albums specific to ICAN Australia, as well as the global ICAN family. 


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