If you ever come through Canberra Airport, one of the main gateways to
our national capital, you are likely to receive a "welcome" from some
of the world's biggest arms manufacturers. Raytheon, BAE, Lockheed Martin, and Thyssen Krupps have all had big display ads there.
Austal is also there, proudly stating that its vessels are “delivering
Australia’s border patrol capability”.
The ads are inappropriate.
- They give the
feel that one is entering a military-industrial complex that is
preparing for war.
- They help to
normalise warfare and big military spending, and present a sanitised image of what
- They are
inappropriate for refugees and others from
war-torn countries, and inconsistent with Canberra’s new status as a
Refugee Welcome Zone.
- They do not
reflect the Canberra community or its many beautiful natural and cultural
The No Airport Arms Ads (NAAA) campaign has met with the airport
management, who say that they refuse ads that they deem “offensive”. People who come from war zones might have very different views from airport executives on what is offensive. Canberra Airport are proud of their image in the community. Please sign the petition to show that arms advertising is unwanted and undermines their image.Open arms, not lethal arms, for Canberra Airport. It's time for the arms ads