United Nations International Day of Peace

2013 BRISBANE PEACE LECTURE  by The Honourable Michael Kirby AC, CMG.

The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Peace is celebrated on 21 September each year to recognise the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace.

The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire - personal and political.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour  a cessation of awareness on issues related to peace. This lecture will enable Brisbane citizens to join with people across the world to support the struggle for peace and the celebration  of life.

Performances by the Combined Union Choir and Women’s International 

All welcome – no charge – limited numbers - supper provided. Register by contacting; [email protected] or phone 07 3254 1096

United Nations Association Qld,  PO Box 244, New Farm Qld 4005

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Public Forum with Gaza Doctor
Mona El-Farra
Vice President & Health Chair of the Red Crescent Society for the Gaza Strip. Gaza Director of the Middle East Children's Alliance

Event Details
DATE: Friday, 24 May, 2013
TIME: 6:15PM for a 6:30PM Start
LOCATION: Queensland Council of Unions Bldg, Level 2, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane 

Born 1st of May, 1954 in Khan Yunis, Dr. el-Farra is a dual citizen of Britain and Palestine. Dr el-Farra isa single parent with 3 grown up children, Mohammed, Basma and Sondos.

Her home - the Gaza Strip - is a narrow piece of land along the Mediterranean between Israel and Egypt. At 360 square kilometres in size, Gaza is slightly smaller that Sydney’s Sutherland Shire (370 sq. km.,215,000 people) but with 1.5 million people living there, Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas of the world as well as one of the most war-torn. Despite its small size, Gaza is often called “the world’s largest open-air prison” because the tight blockade imposed by Israel prevents the free movement ofpeople in and out of the territory. 

Additional Details
Event Flyer: 

Please join members of Just Peace in the Queen St Mall on Monday 15th April outside David Jones 11-1pm. We have brochures and a petition available for passers by, calling for the F35 to be scrapped.

If that's not possible, we ask members and friends to phone our political leaders and tell them what you think about spending billions of dollars on the JSF when so much is needed for true security which comes with human rights for all being the priority.

PM Julia Gillard (02) 6277 7700
Treasurer Wayne Swan (02) 6277 7340
Foreign Minister Bob Carr (02) 6277 7500

IPAN needs your signature

In February 2003 one million people took to the streets across Australia saying NO to a war in Iraq. The people of the world knew this war was wrong. A decade later Iraq is still wracked by violence with many hundreds of thousands dead.

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) brings together Peace, Justice, Faith, Union and  Academic organisations to publicly call for a new vision for Australia and the region.

The following statement has been prepared by members of IPAN.

You are invited to personally endorse and to donate towards the costs of publishing  in a national newspaper a decade after the historic mobilisation of ordinary people around the world calling for an end to war. (Click here to view and sign the signature form)


Opportunity Costs: Military Spending and the UN's Development Agenda

I am pleased to report that the new Position Paper was launched at the United Nations in Geneva this lunchtime, at a meeting attended by governments, UN agencies and NGOs. Entitled 'Opportunity Costs: Military Spending and the UN's Development Agenda', this 50pp document makes the case that not only should peace and security be included as important elements in the new post-2015 development agenda, but in particular disarmament and military spending should be among the indicators to be adopted. Furthermore, the massive resources devoted to the military sector could - if even a small portion were reallocated - make a major contribution to meeting the challenges of mass poverty, unemployment and climate change. Click to download the Position Paper

Colin Archer, Secretary-General, International Peace Bureau 

Public Talk by Richard Tanter: US Bases in Australia and our Independence

Followed by a workshop to help you develop strategies for an independent and peaceful Australia

Sunday 18th November, Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundary Street, West End. The aim of the workshop is to build strategies for a successful campaign among a wide cross section of Australian political organisation around the twin themes of independence and peace.

Program: 11.00am Just Peace AGM; 12.00pm Lunch; 12.30pm Combined Union Choir; 12.40pm Richard Tanter talk 'US Bases and Genuine Australian Independence', followed by Q & A; 1.15pm Introduction to the Workshop; 1.30pm Round Table workshops; 3.30pm Close and refreshments.

Sponsored by IPAN and Just Peace
Richard Tanter is Senior Research Associate, Nautilus Institute, and Professor in the School of Political and Social Studies at the University of Melbourne

Breaking the Silence

Young Israeli Voices for Peace

Challenging Israeli Government Policies and Military Occupation 
Sahar Vardi is a 21-year-old peace activist and 'refusenik' from Jerusalem. In August 2008 she refused her mandatory military service. She was released from military prison in January 2009, and has been working since with the Israeli Committee Against Housing Demolitions and the Sheikh Jarrah Solidary movement, promoting equal rights in Jerusalem.

Micha Kurzco-founded Breaking the Silence, an organisation of Ex-Israeli Defence Force soldiers who, since the start of the Second Intifada, have been collecting and publishing disturbing testimonies about the reality of the occupation of the Palestinian Territories from soldiers who have served in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Micha is also the founder of Grassroots Jerusalem, an online platform that enables urban and human rights' activists and organisations in Jerusalem to connect, share knowledge, and coordinate on human rights activities. 

DATE: Friday, 17 August, 2012 TIME:6:15pm for a 6:30pm start
LOCATION: United Voice: Ground Floor Meeting Room
27 Peel St, South Brisbane (on-street parking around venue).

US Bases in Australia... Counting the Cost

Public Forum, Friday 1st of June, Abel Smith Lecture Theatre, Univ. of Queensland. 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start.


  • What would 'armed neutrality' mean for Australia? Dr Peter Stanley, Chief Historian, National Museum Australia
  • US Bases in Australia - Where, What, When.  Felicity Hill, Former Director, UN WILPF
  • Master of Ceremonies, Ron Monaghan, QCU General Secretary.

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Global Day Of Action On Military Spending

Tuesday April 17th, King George Square, 11-1pm

On April 17, 2012, people all over the world will join together for the second Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS). View the flyer

Our message for Australia is simple: we must begin to reign in the $25 billion annual purposeless military spending spree and redirect these resources to urgent priorities, including health; education; environmental, food and water security; and national resilience.

We urge you to join us and send messages to our government, that it is time to stop preparing for wars and prepare for peace.

King George Square Grand Ramp
11 am to 2 pm Tuesday April 17th 2012

Endorsed and supported by

Just Peace is a Brisbane-based community organisation whose aim is to raise public awareness about alternatives to war and the necessity of justice in achieving lasting peace. Please join us every second  Tuesday at 7 pm in the TLC Building on 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane.

Contact us: [email protected] or phone 0431597256

Just Peace Queensland Presents 

Our 10th Anniversary Celebration, Friday, 28th October 2011

Guest Speakers 

Ron Monaghan - Secretary, Queensland Council of Unions 

“Why Peace has been, and is, Union Business”

 Kathy Kelly – Three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Prominent US Peace Activist. Tour hosted by Pace e Bene

"Prospects for Peace- Palestine-Iraq-Afghanistan"

 2nd Floor, TLC Building, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane

5:30pm for 6:00- 9:30pm

Scrumptious Dinner catered by Robbie Dunne

Only $30 waged and $20 concession

Entertainment by:

Combined Union Choir and Jumping Fences

Seating limit of 100

RSVP: Early but by 21st October

To: [email protected]

For more information phone Annette on 0431597256

Please bring your historic photos of Just Peace activities

Next Just Peace Meeting

Date: Tuesday 9th August
Time:   6pm Just Peace for Palestine sub group meeting 7pm Nagasaki Day
Where: QCU Building, 16 Peel St, Sth Brisbane  

Guest Speaker Inoue Miwako

Miwako is the Granddaughter of survivors of the Nagasaki bombing. She is an acclaimed artist and is a supporter of the Japanese campaign to abolish nuclear weapons.

Project NOW, the project name, places an emphasis on art, music, fun, and peace.

Annette Brownlie

Petition against Cluster Bombs bill

Cluster munitions are large weapons that open to release hundreds of small bombs which rain down over a wide area. They are  horrific weapons that kill civilians long after conflict has ended.

Australia has signed the international Treaty banning cluster bombs, but during the week of July 4–7 the Government plans to introduce its Bill in the Senate withunprecedented loopholes. The Bill will effectively allow Australian soldiers to actively and directly assist the US to use cluster bombs. The Bill also lets the US stockpile cluster bombs on Australian soil and does nothing to prevent ongoing investment in manufacture.

The Cluster Munitions Coalition Australia has been lobbying both major parties but your support is critical!

What you can do:

Sign the petition at and to pass it on to as many  people as possible.

Burma Campaign — APHEDA Union Aid Abroard

Union Aid Abroad — APHEDA is conducting a campaign that calls on the Australian government to fund cross-border aid programs, rather than the current system of providing aid to Burma in cooperation with the Burmese military regime.

Cross-border aid conducted along the Thai-Burma border allows greater freedom in the delivery of aid compared to the political restrictions placed on aid administered through the Junta. Towns on the Thai-Burma border are home to organisations that travel into eastern Burma in order to provide medical care and support to communities, especially those displaced by the regime. Cross-border aid also means supporting long-term community-based initiatives run by people and organizations based permanently in Burma's Eastern States.

What you can do
Send an e-mail to Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd (see APHEDA campaigns website for suggested text) or contact your local, state or federal representatives.

Meetings, events and actions can also be used to raise awareness and put pressure on the government to change Australia's aid policy to Burma. If you are interested in holding an event, such as a film screening, discussion group or talk, important reports, news articles and links to videos are provided at the APHEDA campaigns website.