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Holtom, Paul and Irene Pavesi. 2017 ‘Australia.’ Trade Update 2017: Out of the Shadows, pp. 13-54. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 11 September

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Excerpts regarding Australia:

Australia was the sixth largest importer of guns world-wide, classified as a 'Major Importer' (p. 13)

Australia was the 13th largest exporter of guns world-wide, classified as a 'Major Exporter' (p. 17)

In UN Comtrade data, Australia came 5th among 'Top Tier' firearm importers world-wide (p. 21)

Australia ranked 25th in the global Transparency Barometer of the arms trade, scoring 12.00 out of a possible 25.0 (Table 8)

"Australia, for instance, indicated that information on imports for the Australian National Defence Forces had been 'withheld'." (p. 54)

"The highest value for Australia's small arms imports during this period [2001-2014] was USD 195 million, in 2011. Most of the country's documented small arms imports are ammunition and sporting and hunting firearms. Its main trading partners in 2014 were the United States and Italy, while a third, 'unspecified' country accounted for 20 per cent of its imports that year." (p. 33)

Table 6 shows the steady rise in gun imports to Oceania from 2001 to 2014. (p. 32)

[Editor's Note: These 2014 data are dated, as the most reliable recent year in the Survey's annual report is always three years old.]

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