Black Mist White Rain – Speaking Tour 2016


Thursday 7th April, 6pm

Metro Arts
109 Edward St
Brisbane, QLD 4000

Free event.  If possible, please register:

For many people in Australia and the Pacific, nuclear weapons are not a distant, abstract threat, but a lived reality – a persistent source of pain and suffering, of contamination and dislocation. Indigenous communities, long marginalised and mistreated, bear the brunt of this ongoing scourge.


Abacca Anjain-Maddison
(Marshall Islands)
Sue Coleman-Haseldine (Kokatha-Mula, SA)
Rose Lester (Yankunytjatjara-Anangu, SA)

Music by Ofa Fanaika,
Treats by Native Culinary Ecstasy

Sue Coleman-Haseldine, Kokatha-Mula, and Abacca Anjain-Maddison, Republic of the Marshall Islands, spoke to over 150 governments at the Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna, December 2014. They are joining forces again to bring their personal stories to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

“The bombs have destroyed a large part of Australia and despite several attempts it will never be safe or clean. There are many Aboriginal people who cannot go back to their ancestral lands and their children and their children’s children and so on will never know the special religious places it contains.” Sue Coleman-Haseldine.

Coleman-Haseldine and Anjain-Maddison will be joined by Rosemary Lester, the daughter of Yankunytjatjara elder Yami Lester, who was blinded by the Totem 1 nuclear test at Emu Field in 1953. Speaking about the nuclear testing conducted in South Australia.

Join them in exploring the ongoing impacts of nuclear testing in our region and the inspiring triumph of cultural survival.

More info: Friends of the Earth Brisbane: 0411118737

Join Annette Clements of Friends of Omanama for dinner

Dear Nuclear Free Friends,

Imagine if you were given just 120 days to stop a nuclear waste dump from being built in your community…

What would you do?

The people of Inglewood are in that situation.  A property at “Omanama”  just outside of Inglewood – 3 hrs west of Brisbane- was nominated by a local landowner for bonanza value sale to house Australia’s national nuclear waste.  The community was notified on Nov 13 and and the deadline for their response is March 11.  Inglewood is one of 6 sites that have been selected by the Federal Government for consideration.

Representatives from “Friends of Omanama” will be heading to Canberra this week to meet up with their counterparts in 5 other nominated communities to tell the Federal Government that they stand united in their opposition to nuclear waste being dumped on remote communities – in irrational and undemocratic processes!

They will be stopping in Brisbane on their way to and from Canberra.

Sorry for late notice…

I invite you to join Annette Clements of Friends of Omanama for dinner tomorrow night:

Sunday, Feb 28
out the back – 30 Granville Street, West End
feel free to bring a plate or something to share!

We may also have a NUCLEAR -FREE MORNING TEA and Canberra report back with Annette Clements and Mark Russell of Friends of Omanama
Wednesday March 2
in the morning – south brisbane – at the QCC or another venue – so…

IF you can’t come for dinner, let me know if you’d like to catch up on Wednesday!

For more info:

0411 118 737

There Are Two Sides To Every Story

There are two sides to every story… Friends of Omanama is inviting people to hear a community perspective on nuclear waste issues:

The Federal Government has presented its agenda, now let’s get some balance in the presentation of facts…

This Friday, 12th Feb at 18:30
MacIntyre Sports Centre, Chilcott St, Inglewood.
Go to the Facebook Event Page

Presentions include:

  • Dr. Colin Owen – a local GP
  • Speakers on the social, psychological, environmental impacts…
  • Video presentation on nuclear medical waste and ANSTO’s safety track record (Dr. Peter Karamoskos – Nuclear Radiologist, a member of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War and a public representative on the Radiation Health Committee of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA))…
  • plus more!

Free sausage sizzle!

All welcome!
Let’s not allow our community to be divided!

Rockhampton – Shoalwater Bay Peace Convergence program

2013 Shoalwater Bay Peace Convergence
Come with Peace!
The Peace Convergence 2013 will be based in Havachat – 20 East Street Rockhampton
Havachat will serve as our Media Centre and Soup Kitchen. Call in and introduce yourself when you get to town, join us for meals and/or stay for a while.
For more information: Graeme Dunstan 0407 951 688  Robin Taubenfeld 0411 118 737

June – Sept Peace & Nuclear Free Events calendar – Brisbane


 June 28 (fri): Rattle against the Saber 2013  – Guerilla Gig 
Place:              Under the William Jolly Bridge – south (West End) side
Time:               8pm on
ggTo raise consciousness about the reasons we don’t want the Talisman Saber 2013 mid year military exercises in Rockhampton. Join your MC Gerald Keaney for plenty of agit-prop and music by the following comrads:
7.45 pm Scrabble
8.10 pm Johnny Vulcan
8.50 pm Gravel Samwidge
9.30 pm Dispatcha
10.10 pm Gunk


July 12 (fri): Planning for Peace- Australian lessons from the Iraq War
Place:              Qld Council of Unions
Time:               6:30 for a 7pm start.


Vince Emanuele – Iraq Veterans against War
Dr Alison Broinowski – representing the Campaign for an Iraq war Inquiry
MC: Ron Monaghan  – General Secretary of the Qld Council of Unions
More information: Annette Brownlie Just Peace/IPAN 0431597256
July 13 (sat):  Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud’ – Exhibition Opening
Place:              Queensland Centre for Photography Cnr Cordelia St & Russell St, South Brisbane.
Time:               5:00pm until 8:00pm
To be opened by Muckaty Traditional Owner Dianne Stokes
dheeraIn 2007, Muckaty (Manuwangku), 120km north of Tennant Creek, was nominated as another site to be assessed for nuclear waste storage. Called Manuwangku by Warlmanpa and Warumungu Traditional Owners, this place is far from ‘middle of nowhere’. They maintain a deep spiritual and cultural connection to the area.Supported by people across the NT and Australia, the community has engaged in protests and legal action in the Federal Court to defend their right to live in a clean and safe environment, free of hazardous waste. The photographic narrative ‘Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud’ is a portrayal of this community’s spiritual connection to their land and resilience in the face of an overwhelming conflict through a common struggle to keep their traditional land free and safe.
Photography by  Jagath Dheerasekara
July 13(sat):  US Marine veteran, Vince Emanuele screens ‘On The Bridge’
Place:              Windsor Bowls Club 69 Blackmore Street, Windsor
A short walk from Albion Rail Station
Time:               2.30 – 5.00 pm Saturday
vinceVince is a former US Marine of two tours to Iraq who refused to go again by laying down his weapon. He is now organiser for the Michigan chapter of Veterans for Peace and serves of the national Board of Directors of Iraq Veterans against the War . On the Bridge is a powerful and moving documentary insight into US war veterans and their experiences of PTSD. Vince is interviewed in the film. He hosts the Veterans Unplugged radio program on Radio WIMS, Michigan.
After viewing the film there will be a discussion session to enable our audience to ask Vince questions about the film´s message, PTSD and his impressions of the War in Iraq.
Contact Willy Bach 0438752691
July 15 (mon)- Aug 5 (mon): US-AUS joint military exercise Talisman Saber
Program of events for Rockhampton Peace Convergence below
Updates about Brisbane and other events:
July 22-23 (mon):  Chamorro campaigner Vicky Leon visits Brisbane (begins Aus tour)
Brisbane Event details TBA
chamorroVicky will be visiting Australia during the Talisman Saber war games. Guam or Guahan – the southernmost island of the North Mariana islands – a Non-Self Governing territory of the US is the traditional home of the Chamorro people.  With the land 1/3 occupied by US military, the Chamorro people struggle to reclaim their land and keep their culture. Australian military agreements with the US support this occupation of Guahan; for example, US is permitted to conduct bombing practice over the NT that flies out of Guahan.
For more information: Annette Brownlie Just Peace/IPAN 0431597256
July 29:   LAKE EYRE to WEST PAPUA FREEDOM  Land and Sea Convoy for Peace and Justice
Brisbane event TBA
Calling on all our friends and families of all nations to join us at the shores of Lake Eyre (From July 20 in South Australia) for a music festival to celebrate the survival of the old country and to stand strong to make an action of creative resistance against the apartheid of colonization and destruction caused by multinational mining companies on this land.
From the shores of the Lake, we will follow the underground water across “Australia” in a freedom ride convoy of artists, musicians, activist, Original Sovereigns and Indigenous ambassadors from Australia and West Papua that carry the ancient water collected from the sacred mount springs of Arabunna country, the fire from the old Lake Eyre and ashes from Aboriginal tent embassies across Australia. These offerings of peace and justice will be taken on a flotilla as a symbol to support the freedom and justice for West Papuan people.


August 4 (sun):  Brisbane Hiroshima Day Rally:  68 years on…  and we still say Ban the Bomb!
hiroshima dayPlace:              TBC
Time:               early afternoon
US led nuclear-weapons-capable and nuclear-powered war games “Talisman Saber” is taking place in Qld July15 – Aug 5!
Australia must stop fuelling the nuclear arms race:, Stop uranium mining & exports, Stop the War Games, Close the bases
No uranium – no weapons – no war games  – no war
More info: Robin Taubenfeld Friends of the Earth Brisbane 0411 118 737
August 6(tue):  Hiroshima Day – possible US nuclear ship in port action TBA
August 9 (wed): Nagasaki Day – possible US nuclear ship in port action TBA
dunstanAugust 19 (mon): Rockhampton Tiger Ploughshare Trial
Place:              Rockhampton District Court, Queensland
Time:               9:00am
Support Graeme Dunstan as he faces court. Graeme Dunstan  has been charged with wilful damage of Commonwealth property, which carries a maximum penalty of 12 years jail, plus other related charges for his role in the Rockhampton Tiger Ploughshares action in 2011.
 On 19 July 2011 in the midst of the biennial Talisman Sabre US-led military exercises at Shoalwater Bay, Bryan Law, wearing a Bob Katter hat, a dark suit and his Peace Preacher persona, cut a chain, opened a gate, raced across the Rockhampton airport tarmac on his tricycle, and, with a garden mattock, smote a brand new $35 mill Australian Army Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter.
A classical Catholic Worker Ploughshare action, it was a symbolic strike, a reference to the words of the prophet Isaiah 2:3-4. he words of the prophet Isaiah 2:3-4, that we will study war no more and instead “turn swords into a ploughshares, spears into pruning hooks”.
What was extraordinary about this Ploughshare action and, what made it a world first, was that it was videoed live and appeared on that evening’s WIN Tv News throughout Central Queensland.
For more information:  Graeme Dunstan 0407 951 688


rovicsSept 12 (thu): Songs of social justice and peace w Dave Rovics
Place:              TBC
Time:               6:30 for 7pm start
Entry:                          suggested donation $10
Food and drink available for purchase
After costs and support for Dave’s travel proceeds will go to support the Qld Nuclear Free Alliance
More info: Robin Taubenfeld Friends of the Earth Brisbane 0411 118 737
Sept 21 – International Day of Peace – details TBA

Free screening of documentary “Chernobyl Heart”


firefighters with protective gear wash a west german car near the east german border after it arrived from poland with radioactive fallout from the chernobyl nuclear plant disaster may 3 1986

Chernobyl Heart is a documentary film by Maryann DeLeo. The film won the Best Documentary Short Subject award at the 2004 Academy Awards.

In the film, DeLeo travels through Ukraine and Belarus observing the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on the health of children in the area. Many children suffered from a cardiac degradation condition now known in the area as “Chernobyl heart”, in addition to other severe radiation poisoning effects.

Kim Stewart, Friends of the Earth spokeswoman, will talk briefly about why the Chernobyl catastrophe is relevant today, particularly in context of the Queensland Government’s decision to recommence uranium mining.

Event hosted by Friends of the Earth Brisbane and Rally for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament.

How to get there – take bus 199 to Stop 7 on Boundary Street in West End. The bus stops outside venue.

Free screening of documentary “Chernobyl Heart”
24 April at 18:00
Lock’n’Load Bistro in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia