October 23, 2021

Editorial

Commentary

Transparency needed from defence think tanks

With some of the most prominent think tanks on defence and foreign policy receiving funds from companies that rely on war and threats of war, Australians are being fed vested interests masquerading as “independent” opinion.

Dr Sue Wareham writes in Independent Australia that “In the world of medicine,disclosing financial links is fundamental. If a supposed expert on a particular drug fronted the media to extol the drug’s virtues without disclosing any financial links with the manufacturer, they would rapidly be brought into disrepute, as would any medical publication that reported the story without asking about conflicts of interest."

Dr Wareham OAM is President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) and a board member of ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) Australia. ICAN was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize – an award never yet acknowledged by the LNP Government.

Transparency lacking in Australian defence policy (independentaustralia.net)