In this issue:
Rights, Hearts and Minds
From the Chair
2012-2013 Management Committee
People's Choice Credit Union Communnity Lottery
No Strings Attached goes on winning awards!
News in Brief - Milestones
Homelands and Amnesty International
Support Tarkine Now
How Much Food Do We Throw Away?
Vale George Mye
Vale Jimmy Little
The Darling Buds of May (or earthly prospects for Peace)
Peace Trust Diary
Rights, Hearts and Minds: Have you got your ticket?
The Hawke Centre and the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation Inc. jointly present a forum with Professor Catherine Branson, QC, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
on Thursday 16 June, 6.00pm
at the Scott Auditorium, UniSA City West campus (rear Hawke Building).
Tickets cost $25.
Online registration available at UniSA website
and the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation Inc. (www.artspeacetrust.org
Funds raised will go towards Peace Foundation projects which relate to human rights.
Refreshments will be served after the lecture. This is an opportunity to share outstanding 2010 Temple Bruer wines (Rielsing, Grenache Shiraz Viognier and Shiraz Malbec) and nibbles.
Please put this date in your diary.
From the Chair
We held a very successful AGM on the 22nd of April. It was a momentous meeting because a new constitution for our organisation was accepted, including a name change and the amalgamation of the original 1989 Trust Deed and the 1992 Constitution. The aims of our organisation will, of course, remain the same. The name is Graham F Smith Peace Foundation Incorporated. The 2012 Constitution is currently being registered under the SA Associations Incorporation Act 1985.
Also David Trebilcock and Lindy Neilson were inducted as honorary life members in recognition for their longstanding membership and exceptional service to the Peace Trust at the AGM. Our congratulations and warm thanks to Lindy Neilson and David Trebilcock.
The Peace Trust is happy to be collaborating with the Hawke Centre to present The Hon. Catherine Branson QC., the Human Rights President and Human Rights Commissioner, speaking on
Rights, hearts and minds: Towards a national culture of human rights
We thank Temple Bruer for sponsoring this event. All funds raised will contribute to projects which relate to human rights. We hope you will all attend. The title of the talk represents the work of the Foundation.
I hope you find the ‘Winter Newsletter’, put together by Phil Douglas and I, informative.
Léonie M Ebert
Founding Trustee & Chairperson, Management Committee
2012 – 2013 Management Committee
The following were elected at the AGM held on 22nd of April:
Leonie Ebert, Chair
Ann Kerr, Hon. Secretary
Geoff McCaw, Hon. Treasurer
Jacinta Poskey, Chair of Projects Selection Committee
Belinda Turner, Member
Ryan Wakelin, Member
People's Choice Credit Union Community Lottery
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'No Strings Attached' goes on winning awards!
The Peace Trust were delighted to be able to give an award to No Strings Attached Theatre Company for their performances at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2011, and now it is going from strength to strength!
The production Sons & Mothers in the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2012 celebrated the end of its premiere season with four Fringe Awards.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, as curator and producer of the Queens Theatre for the Fringe, No Strings Attached also won the 2012 Bank SA Fringe Festival “Best Venue Award” which they shared with Venue Manager Kathryn Sproul. Congratulations to No Strings Attached.
The Darling Buds of May (or earthly prospects for Peace)
By Viesturs Cielens
While much happens in the warm wetness of autumn – worm motels have multiply and food scraps barely sustain their wriggling avarice – there is nothing more exciting than two timeless May garden miracles.
The most secret is the Tree Dahlia, also known as the King of Autumn, through I prefer the title Queen of May. From a midsummer clump of insignificant tubers in late summer grows its celery-like leaf upwards and upwards – each day another inch, until it is so tall that you’ve forgotten to look and suddenly nearly for the whole of May the most beautiful bunch of soft, lilac daisy bells hangs like laughter in the delicious light of our Autumn skies. It’s a fantastic plant that is happiest left to do its own thing in any corner – just call me and I will arrange it for you.
But the real queen of my garden in May is the Quince tree which shares a forgotten corner with the neighbours’ ancient Mulberry. If any plant deserves the title of a ‘Peace-Plant’ then she is near the top of the list.
Officially she has the title Cydonia oblonga
(also C. vulgaris
) – one of the Rose family, though plant historians are divided on its origin – but most agree that it was a native of the Caspian region from Persia to Turkestan, eventually appearing in the Greco-Roman world where it was much esteemed and dedicated to both goddess’s Venus and Aphrodite. So, love and sensuality – the essence of peace and fruitfulness, were celebrated by early civilisation gardeners. Some historians say the apple of the garden of Eden was originally a quince.
Anyone who walks into a room where there is a bowl of freshly picked quinces is mystified by the perfume that fills the room. But nothing is more beautiful than a Quince in flower (Iike a flock of white and pale pink butterflies) preparing us for the most exquisite fruit and its flavours that can’t be described. Tough as nails and nearly neglected by all predators, except for my possums who sometimes resort to sharing my fruit. Our grandmothers usually had one, a rather straggly bush tree, somewhere in the garden. Mine couldn’t be more neglected, but each year its yield is astonishing and last night I peeled and cut and stewed and I was in heaven – invocation of both Venus and Aphrodite in Maylands. If you don’t have a tree, remember to buy a couple and put them on the table. But more important, spread the word and if you haven’t become a member of the Peace Foundation gardeners – join us and remember that the Peace Foundation needs more in our ranks – cajole one of your mates to join us – call in your favours.
For more information on any of the above, contact Viesturs at email@example.com
National Sorry Day, 26th May, is commemorated by the Romero community each year with a powerful liturgy. Here is a prayer from this yeear's service which helped us to reflect on the meaning of Sorry Day
We pray in shame for those who have suffered from the lies of our history – the stolen generations, those imprisoned who have died in custody, those who have had their land stolen and the victims of the Northern Territory Intervention (which was condemned this week by Amnesty International). We give thanks for the resistance leaders – the Wave Hill Strike, the Mabo Decision, the Jabiluka victory, Aboriginal workers at Uluru, Trevor Jamieson, who played Namatjira in the Big Space Hart production of the same name, Stephen Page and artists and musicians who speak the truth. We also pray for those struggling to see justice – Arabunna Elder Uncle Buzzacott, Jamie Goldsmith and Kaurna People struggling to keep traditional land at Warriparinga Way. Give them strength for the stuggle and bring understanding to all so that justice will come.
News In Brief - Milestones
Mabo day occurs annually on the 3rd June. It commemorates Eddie Koiki Mabo (29 June 1936 -> 21 January 1992) a Torres Strait Islander whose campaign to indigenous land rightsled tot he landmark decision that overturned the legal fiction og terra nullis
which had characterised Australian law
Syria is at tipping point.
Let's press Russia
- a key country blocking international action - to stand up against the brutality and prevent further loss of Syrian lives. . Please support Amnesty International by sending a message to Russia to act to now by clicking here
G8 Summit 2012:
Aid agencies have expressed disappointment over the failure of the G8 to commit significant amounts of new money towards the goal of removing the threat of hunger from tens of millions of people. Read more..
GENSUIKYO (The Japan Council against A & H Bombs )
On April 30, A petition of 154,7979 signatures”, which included those of 929 heads of local governments in support of the “Appeal for Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons “was presented Australian Ambassador Peter Woolcott, chairperson of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference 30 April - 11 May 2012 in Vienna.. A-bomb exhibition entitled "Under the Mushroom Cloud” was held in Vienna. Visit the website.
Stand Up for Burrup
Friends of Australian Rock Art (FARA) is an active lobby group based in Perth. They constantly respond to the latest developments on the Burrup Peninsula (Murujuga) to ensure the protection of Australia's largest cultural rock art and an Aboriginal sacred site. Keep informed about rock art site which is under possible destruction by visiting www.fara.com.au
Democratic Republic of East Timor (Timor -Leste )
On 20 May 2010, Timor-Leste celebrated 10 years of independence. Congratulations to the Timorese people on this very happy occasion. Timor-Leste's independence came after a dire 24 year struggle by its people against the brutal Indonesian military (TNI)
Australians opening their homes to asylum seekers
Refugees who have been assessed and are ready to live in the Australian community have the option of living in Australian homes. These are asylum seekers on bridging visas who don’t have community links and need support during the first 6 weeks in the community. Australians interested in helping can register their interest at the Australian Homestay Network.
Did you know that Australia is among the top military spenders per capita? This is not something to boast about! There are alternatives – for example,well resourced public schools with better facilities and smaller classes to educate the citizens of the future; more beds in our public hospitals with more nurses with better working conditions, a sustainable environment, and much more. See the full article online
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will be held in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Earth Conference held in Rio de Janeiro.
At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection to get to the “Future We Want”. Keep track on developments to ensure final document is not weakened. Learn more..
Recognition of Aboriginal people
Congratulations to the SA Government for taking action to amend the South Australian Constitution to formally recognise Aboriginal people. Marking Reconciliation Week 2012, Premier Jay Wetherill announced the establishment of an advisory panel to consult the indigenous community about the formal wording of the recognition. He said “For too long, Aboriginal people have been treated as second class citizens. This will elevate them to their rightful place as First Australians and pays them proper respect.”
The panel will be chaired by Professor Peter Buckskin, from the University of SA, and will include former Supreme Court judge Robyn Layton, former Federal Court judge John von Doussa and the SA Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement Khatija Thomas.
Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food.
But if Bayer stops selling one group of pesticides, we could save bees from extinction. Several European countries ban these neonicotinoids, allowing recovery of some bee populations. But Bayer, the largest producer of these toxins, has lobbied hard to keep them on the market. Read the full article.
HOMELANDS and AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
The Amnesty International (AI) Schools Outreach program offers Human Rights workshops to secondary schools by trained volunteers, the workshops are based on campaigns AI are running, such as the Homelands Campaign and the Arms Trade Treaty Campaign. The AI School Outreach team is expanding into a national network, currently AI workshops are available to secondary schools in NSW, Victoria and South Australia. If you would like Amnesty International to visit a school you are connected with please contact your local office (see link below).
Amnesty International’s Homelands Campaign has been launched in collaboration with Aboriginal communities. It focuses on supporting Aboriginal Peoples’ right to live on their ancestral land and action for widening provision of government services (such as schools) to extend to the many remote Aboriginal communities in NT. The Homelands Campaign is a result of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) and the impact this has had on Aboriginal communities, particularly remote communities (see link below). The government is planning a centralisation program in which Aboriginal people living on their traditional lands will be forced into a number of ‘growth towns’ for services; this will have a devastating effect on remote Aboriginal communities.
The Homelands workshop, based on the Homelands Campaign, is designed toprovoke participating students to consider some of the challenges Aboriginal communities face. The following is an example of such a workshop: the students were split into two groups and given a set of living circumstances, one group living in inner Melbourne and the other in a remote Aboriginal community. We describe the different conditions and resources available and asked the students to work through a prescribed problem. This helped students understand the disparity of resources and draws their attention to the indigenous connection to the land. In a workshop held at Monash School of Science for Harmony Day, a participating Aboriginal student gave very positive feedback to the Homelands workshop.
Amnesty International are also working on the Arms Trade Treaty calling for global government regulation to ensure that profits generated from weapons trade is not prioritised over human rights. An agreement that engages governments to be accountable and transparent with respect to arm sales is critical.
My volunteer work as a Human Rights Educator compliments my personal arts practice – I am currently working on a puppet show, In the Interests of Peace, a comedy that explores the role of peacekeeping set in East Timor during 2006. This show is a multiplatform work and is based on personal experience, published research and a series of films I made whilst living in Timor. I am also working on pre-production of a film with Faduma Musse Salah, a health worker who supports women who have experienced FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). Lastly I am starting a commission with the City of Monash working together with refugee women on a community arts project.
If you would like to contact me please do! email: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Peace and Solidarity, Rochelle Humphrey M.A,
In-depth research paper
on the NTER, Published research
on Peacekeeping, Amnesty International
for SA/NT Schools Network Convenor:
Support Tarkine Now
Now that the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, at last provides hope for an end to logging in the Tarkine a new threat has emerged. Right now there are 59 mineral exploration licences, and at least ten proposals for Pilbara-style open-cut mines across this wild and beautiful area.
As well as being a haven for the Tasmanian Devil, the Tarkine is the largest area of temperate rainforest in Australia, and the home to other rare species like the Spotted-tail Quolls, Tasmanina Wedge-tail Eagles and the Giant Freshwater Lobster, all reasons why it draws thousands of tourists to Tasmanian every year.
The Wilderness Society have a partnership with Tarkine Trails (www.tarkinetrails.com.au
) who will provide their members with a special deal. Perhaps you would like to be involved in some other way, such as plant and animal surveys in the proposed mining areas? See the website for more information
Getup.Org are also pulling their weight to help the Tarkine, and is putting pressure on Tony Burke, the Environment Minister, with a media campaign, see www.getup.org.au/ancienttarkine
How Much Food Do We Throw Away?
Research shows that up to 40% of the average kerbside garbage is food. A lot of this is food waste and most of it can be composted, put to work in worm farms or put out for collection as Green Waste. Australian households bin $7.8 billion worth of food every year, that's 178 kilos per person every year! Food waste produces 15.4 million tonnes of carbon-dioxide-equivalent emission every year.
When we throw out food, what we see in the bin is not the only waste. We're also throwing away all the resources it took to get that food all the way from the 'paddock to our plate'. That includes all elements of production, processing, storage, refrigeration, transportation and cooking. All the resources used to create food, such as water and energy are also wasted. Tens of millions of kilograms of safe, edible, fresh food are discarded every year due to changed labelling regulations, end of season stock, production line changeover items, outdated packaging, discontinued product, as well as slight label or weight inaccuracies.
This information has been taken from the website of "Do Something
". Another very informative source is a video produced by the ABC
David Plumridge AM, Deputy Lord Mayor, Adelaide City Council
Vale George Mye
George Mye MBE OAM, aged 85, passed away on the 26th
of April. Mr Mye – a traditional Erub (Darnley Island) Elder – was a staunch advocate of land and sea rights for Torres Strait Islanders over the last 60 years and was a central figure in the push for full autonomy for the Torres Straits. Professor Mick Dodson (Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) has referred to him as the “modern godfather of independence for the Torres Strait Islands and his outstanding leadership, contribution and passion for his people will forever be remembered”. He was farewelled at a state memorial service in Sydney.
See the full article
Vale Jimmy Little
James Oswald Little was born on March 1, 1937 at the Cummeragunja Mission in New South Wales.
He was well known both within the indigenous and broader Australian music industry for such songs as 'Royal Telephone' and the top 10 single 'Baby Blue'.
In 1999 he enjoyed something of a career resurgence following the release of his album Messenger, on which he covered some of Australian rock's best known tunes from the likes of The Church, The Reels and Paul Kelly. In the same year he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
See the full article
Peace Trust Diary
Thursday 14th June. Forum featuring Catherine Branson QC, President of the Human Rights Commission. (www.unisa.edu.au/hawkecentre/events)
September 22th Peace Trust Dinner
(new style dinner organised by younger Peace Foundation members-you won’t want to miss it.)
World Environment Day 5th June (www.unep.org/wed)
World Day Against Child Labour 12th June 2012
(read more here)
National Refugee Week 17th - 23rd June (www.refugeecouncil.org.au)
NAIDOC Week,1-8th July (www.naidoc.org.au)
Hiroshima Day, 6th August
International Day of Peace, 21th September
Spring Newsletter Deadline – Friday 16th August
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