October events and actions



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Staging A Revolution 


Thursday 27th October 6pm-7:30pm back room of nibs 

NIBS volunteer Sam will be interviewing Kath on her new book "Staging a Revolution" in the back room of NIBS.


In her latest "Staging a Revolution", Kath Kenny paints a vibrant picture of cultural life in the 1960s and 70s through a scholarly analysis of Melbourne's revolutionary theatre group 'The Pram Factory'. Set against the backdrop of moratorium marches, inner-city cafes and share houses, and the rising tide of sexual liberation and countercultural movements, Kath Kenny recreates a vital moment in Australia's political and cultural life, and questions why the great cultural renaissance of women's liberation has been largely forgotten.


Kath Kenny is an essayist, arts reviewer and researcher. Her book Staging a Revolution will be published by Upswell Publishing in 2022. Her writing has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC, Meanjin, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian, and numerous other publications, and she recently contributed the lead chapters to the anthologies #MeToo: Stories from the Australian Movement and Fashion: New Feminist Essays.




The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN)



Independent self-defence and the necessary alliance adjustments

Wednesday 26th October at 6pm, AEDT

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The political adjustments involving alliances in order to implement an independent foreign policy and self-reliant, self-defence for an independent Australia



Two events this week and a media release for your interest.


Independent self-defence and the necessary alliance adjustments

Wednesday 26th October at 6pm, AEDT

Register HERE to attend

The political adjustments involving alliances in order
to implement an independent foreign policy and self-reliant, self-defence for an independent Australia




Discussion with Dr Emma Shortis, Dr Alison Broinowski and Bevan Ramsden


Current Australian defence policy is based on relying on the protection of a big power, the USA. This close relationship has drawn Australia into disastrous wars including Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. IPAN holds that Australia can indeed defend itself without foreign assistance and that our ADF should be confined to this specific task and not join in expeditionary wars with the USA.

This webinar discusses the political adjustments involving alliances which need to be made for the implementation of a truly independent foreign policy for Australia with a self-reliant, self-defence force concentrating on territorial defence and without foreign power dependence.



                             Facilitator: Matilda Byrne
Matilda Byrne is an emerging research and advocacy professional with a focus on humanitarian approaches to foreign and defence policy, conflict and security issues. She is currently doing her PhD at the Social Global Studies Centre at RMIT University on R2P and inter-governmental response to atrocity crimes.  She is also the Stop Killer Robots Australian National Coordinator based at SafeGround, an NGO focused on reducing impacts of legacy and emerging weapons. Since joining SafeGround in 2015, she has held various roles and developed her particular interest in disarmament. Her main publication 'Australia Out of the Loop: why we must not delegate decision making in warfare from human to machines', examines autonomous weapons in the Australian context. 
Dr Emma Shortis is a historian who focuses on US and environmental politics. Her first book, Our Exceptional Friend: Australia’s Fatal Alliance with the United States, was published by Hardie Grant Books in 2021. Emma is an in-demand media expert who uses history to try to interpret and explain what on earth is happening in the United States today. She’s a regular guest on ABC News radio and television, and programs like Triple RRR’s Common Sense. Emma joined RMIT University in June 2018. In the year before that, she was a Fox-Zucker International Fellow at Yale University.

Dr Alison Broinowski AM: President, Australians for War Powers Reform. Formerly an Australian diplomat, Alison lived and worked in Japan, Burma, Iran, the Philippines, South Korea, Jordan, Mexico and at the UN in New York. She is a Japanese and French speaker and is the author or editor of 14 books about Australia’s dealings with the world, Asian countries in particular. Best known are The Yellow Lady: Australian Impressions of Asia (1991), About Face: Asian Accounts of Australia (2003), Howard's War (2003), and Allied and Addicted (2007). Her PhD is in Asian Studies at ANU. She has researched and taught there, at Macquarie University, and at the University of Wollongong. She has for long been a member of the Australian Republican Movement and of Australians for War Powers Reform, of which she is now President. She is a Board member of WorldBEYONDWar, based in the US.

Bevan Ramsden is an ex-telecommunications engineer, ex-TAFE teacher and long-time peace activist and advocate for Australia’s independence. As a one-time member of the coordinating committee of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network, he assists the committee in its work, producing its monthly e-publication, Voice. He was a founding member of Melbourne’s independent community radio station, 3CR and regularly produces programs broadcast by that station. His articles have been published by Pearls and Irritations, Independent Australia, Green Left Weekly and The Australian Socialist. 


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International Peace Bureau Webinar

with Australia's Dave Sweeney among the speakers

Thursday 27th October, 9.30pm 

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You are cordially invited to a special international online forum this Thursday to address the crises we are facing in the Ukraine, East Asia and elsewhere.

Date:      Thursday 27 October 2022 

Time:      Honolulu 2:00     Los Angeles 5:00     Chicago 7:00     New York 8.00    London 13:00     Cairo 14:00      New Delhi 17:30   Jakarta 19:00     KL 20:00    Perth 20:00      Melb/Syd 23:00    Auckland (28 October) 1.00

This event follows the Call Prof Richard Falk, Dr Chandra Muzaffar recently issued under the title To All Who Care about Humanity’s and the Planet’s Future. Many have already endorsed it. If you have not yet endorsed it, please do so, and forward it to others

The Call is a first step. The online forum is an important next step with more to follow. The aim is to revive and reframe the global security conversation at a time when we seem to be sleepwalking to the brink of nuclear confrontation. Escalating tensions and violence are all around us.

To access the text of the call clicking the link below


To register for the forum, please click on the link https://bit.ly/3yIK9Np or scan the QR code on the flyer.

For those who cannot attend the event, a copy of the recording will be available on request.

We very much look forward to you support and engagement.




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