Upcoming West Papua events

West Papua Office Open Day

Date: Saturday 22 April 2017, 1pm to 3pm
Venue: West Papua office, 838 Collins st, Docklands, Melbourne.

Our first of three Open days for 2017 at the Federal Republic of West Papua office in Docklands, Melbourne will be held for Rent Collective members and all West Papua supporters.

Program
1pm: LUNCH by Dapur Sampari (suggested donation of $10 towards the meal)
2pm: Jacob Rumbiak will share news from his recent trip to East Africa 
2.30pm: Isabelle Skaburskis (ICJ) will launch ‘State Responsibility’ – another legal weapon, by Annette Culley.
3pm: Introducing Mir Shah, FRWPs new accountant, who’s going to talk about the plan for the office to become financially sustainable.
3.10pm: Remembering Trevor Grant

A selection of new and existing publications and traditional crafts will also be available in our KainKain+ (shop).

RSVP (for catering purposes) at frwpwomensoffice@gmail.com 

Getting there
Trams 11 or 48 along Collins Street to Stop D17 opposite ANZ Bank, and walk to rear entrance of Lifestyle Working building.

Parking
If you are intending to drive to the Open day event, on-street parking costs $3.20 per hour on Saturdays (and is limited to two hours). Alternatively, there is a commercial park with a flat rate of $10 on weekends, with entry via Merchant Street, next to Woolworths. 

 

WALK 4 West Papua, Geelong to Footscray

Date: 26-30 April 2017
Facebook event: ‘Walk 4 West Papua’ here.
JOIN the Walk by registering online here.

West Papuans living in Victoria and their supporters will walk from Geelong to Footscray to highlight the ongoing human rights abuses experienced by indigenous West Papuans under Indonesian occupation since 1963 and to raise awareness of, and build support for, the campaign for a free West Papua.

The distance of 73 kilometres from Geelong to Melbourne was chosen to signify the distance between Australian territory (Deliverance Island) and West Papua – our closest neighbour, close by geographical measure but shrouded in media censorship.

Information sessions to prepare for the Walk
You may join the Walk 4 West Papua for one or more of the days and overnight stops: please use the online form to register and attend one of the two information sessions to be held at Collingwood Neighbourhood house (253 Hoddle Street, enter via Perry Street):

  • Wednesday, 19 April at 7pm or
  • Sunday, 23 April at 2pm.

Itinerary – walkers will depart from the following overnight stops at 9am each day.
Tuesday April 25:        Evening and overnight at Norlane Baptist Church
Wednesday April 26:   Breakfast hosted by Geelong Trades Hall then walk to Corio bay
Thursday April 27:       Corio bay to Little River
Friday April 28:            Little River Reserve to Werribee
Saturday April 29:       Werribee Masonic Hall to Laverton
Sunday April 30:         Laverton Railway station to Footscray Arts Centre

Further information
Emailwalk4westpapua@gmail.com
Contact: Kugi Mayu, mobile 0436 017 429

 

Film Screening: Land of the Morning Star

Date: Saturday, 13 May 5 to 7 pm
Venue: St Johns Uniting Church, 37-43 Virginia Street, Mount Waverley.

An amazing, dramatic sweeping account about our nearest neighbour West Papua and, like East Timor, their journey to freedom. It includes archival footage, setting foot inside West Papua, its history and people. 

A tribute to director Mark Worth who died in West Papua just before the film’s release in Australia 2004.

A light meal will be provided before screening.
$10 or donation. 
Contact: Faye 0402 853 147.

 

 

 

West Papua Independence Day

West-Papua-Flag-300x182Today, the 1st of December, marks West Papua’s original independence day when the Morning Star flag was first raised in 1961.

The Dutch had prepared West Papua for independence. However, within months, the Indonesian military invaded – determined to include the resource-rich land as part of their nation.
The United Nations declared that West Papuans were to be given the “opportunity to exercise freedom of choice” through consultation and a referendum, with voting rights for all adult males and females. However, it was only a bogus referendum that followed, with 1026 Papuans (out of 1 million) picked to vote in 1969. Under severe duress, including threats of torture and death, they voted to remain part of Indonesia. The UN shamefully sanctioned the result.

Since then, West Papuans have been slaughtered, tortured, raped, culturally oppressed, discriminated against, denied the most fundamental freedoms and have seen their homes burned to the ground.  

The Morning Star flag is recognised as the national flag of West Papua and continues to be the defining symbol for a Free West Papua – “Parpua Merdeka”. Today it is illegal to raise this flag in West Papua and people who do face arrest, torture and long jail sentences. On this day, people from around the world raise the Morning Star flag to stand in solidarity with the West Papuans. Over the past several years the international community, including a number of the Pacific nations, has become increasingly aware of the West Papua situation and is advocating for their freedom. 

The DLP maintains its position that there must be a new, and proper, vote for independence by the indigenous people of West Papua.

A tribute to Mr Stephen Smith

stephen-smithIt is with a heavy heart that we report on the passing of Mr Stephen Smith of Melbourne.

Mr Smith passed away on Wednesday 23 November, aged 51 years.

A DLP member until his death, Mr Smith was active in student politics in his youth and went on to become a senior lecturer in accounting at Monash University.

Mr Smith was one of the DLP’s best performing candidates in the 2010 Victorian State Election, winning 3.5% of the vote for the seat of Ivanhoe. 

Mr Smith leaves his lovely wife Pamela, and their six children Maria, Christiane, Patrick, Tamsin and Petria. To his whole family, the DLP offers our sincerest condolences. 

Thanks Steve for being such a great guy – you will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.

Motion to scrap Safe Schools in Victoria divides Parliament ’18-all’

education2On Wednesday 26 October, Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins brought a motion before the upper house of the Victorian parliament, calling on the government to withdraw the Safe Schools program from schools and to conduct a review of the program which would take into account the views of parents. This was the first motion of its type in any Australian parliament. 

In speaking to this motion, Dr Carling-Jenkins drew attention to a number of issues about Safe Schools that have caused a high degree of concern among parents and experts in the fields of paediatrics, education and child protection. 

From the outset, Dr Carling-Jenkins and the DLP have maintained that the bullying of any child, for any reason, is undesirable and unacceptable. Indeed, our children deserve the very best educational programs we can give them. 

Safe Schools is ideological and less about bullying than furthering the political and social agendas of the LGBTI movement to which it is intimately connected. Instead of being indoctrinated with such theories and agendas, our children deserve a program that builds their emotional intelligence and eradicates all forms of bullying, without controversy, without confusion, without causing concern to parents and without ideological bias. 

Click here to view Rachel’s speech 

Disappointingly, the government’s first speaker on the motion spoke beyond the negotiated time-slots, which prevented other members from contributing on the day. The debate would have been all the poorer for it, but thankfully the coalition and crossbench parties made extra time for debate to be resumed during general business on Wednesday 9 November. 

Click here to view Rachel’s ‘right of reply’ at the conclusion of debate 

The motion divided the house at 18 for and 18 against, which unfortunately meant the motion was defeated. However, the debate allowed many of the issues regarding the Safe Schools program to be brought to light, and it has generated a great deal of momentum within the community. 

Dr Carling-Jenkins and the DLP would like to thank everyone who has voiced their concerns about this issue, and everyone who has signed a petition against the program. Now is not the time to give up but to keep pressing forward. 

The fight continues.

2016 March for the Babies shows growing Support for Prolife Cause

Thousands flocked to the steps of Parliament on Saturday to protest Victoria’s abortion laws, mourn the many lives lost, and advocate for a culture of life that provides women with real choice and real support.

It was encouraging to see people of all ages and backgrounds at the March for the Babies – a testament to the breadth of the pro-life cause. This year’s theme was ‘life equality’.

Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins took the opportunity to announce the new pro-life political movement called Move to Change (formerly the 20 Week Movement) which has started up in Victoria. The formal launch for this movement will be at the Gala dinner on the 25th February 2017.

Move to Change is designed solely to advance pro-life legislation – we must move to change abortion laws, and move to change the make-up of parliament to introduce more pro-life MPs into our parliament. More information on this movement can be found when the website launches in the near future at www.movetochange.org.au

MFTB has been taking place at the same time every year since 2008, when Victoria legalised abortion up to birth and took away our health professionals’ fundamental right to conscience.

Watch Rachel’s address to the crowd:

Dr Carling-Jenkins to present at Cherish Life Annual Dinner

rachel-in-chamber2DLP member in the Victorian Parliament Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins will be presenting at the Cherish Life Annual Dinner on Thursday 20 October, in Brisbane.

Cherish Life president Julie Borger invites you to a night of inspiration and celebration as we step back for a moment from our current battles with the Pyne Bills. It is a time for the pro-life community to come together, hear inspirational speakers and support life among great company.

International author and speaker Kay Painter will speak on the effects of abortion and the opportunity for recovery.

If you would like to sit at the DLP table, please book at https://www.trybooking.com/NAOC and contact Terri Bell at qldsec@dlp.org.au or 0498 681 339.

Details

Date: Thursday 20 October
Venue: Fairways Room, Indooroopilly Golf Club, Meiers Road, Indooroopilly.
Time: 6:45pm arrival for 7:15pm start
Cost: Adult $100, Students 13 years & up $75, Children 3-12 years $40.

Cherish Life website: www.cherishlife.org.au

2016 Victorian DLP State Conference

The 2016 Victorian DLP State Conference will take place on Saturday, 13 August, starting at 9:30am sharp, in the Phyllis Hore Room at the Kew Library.

Special guest speaker (Agenda item no. 16): Paul Russell, Director of HOPE: preventing euthanasia & assisted suicide, will present on looming euthanasia legislation in Victoria.

Members who are not delegates are entitled to attend as observers and to participate in the Question and Answer session to be held prior to General Business.

Download Conference Agenda

Parking:
Ample parking is available on site.

Public Transport:
The library is easily accessible by public transport, with the 109 tram on Cotham Rd (stop no. 35). The 16 tram (Kew bound) can be accessed on Glenferrie Rd from Glenferrie train station, and it travels north to the T intersection with Cotham Rd, which is a 5 minute walk to the library.

 

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DLP Conference Map

Bailey Branch Established

The Victorian State branch continues to develop with the formal establishment of the 5th of 12 local branches.
The State Executive is pleased to announce that the members of the Lalor, Gorton, Maribyrnong and Gellibrand electorates met in Werribee on 28th July and established the Bailey branch. The branch is named after Albert ‘Bert’ Bailey, DLP member of the Legislative Council for Western Melbourne until 1958.
The Bailey branch is included in the Western Metropolitan region held for the DLP by Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins. The branch executive hopes to start a membership drive and ongoing social activities within the next few months.
The next branch to be formed will be branch 11 which consists of the Wannon, Mallee, Murray electorates. It will be formed at a meeting in Warrnambool on Thursday 11th August, 2016. Due to the size of the branch most members cannot be expected to attend in person. Therefore members will be able to participate through a phone conference system being established by the State Executive.

Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney gives DLP special mention

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has released its Federal Election Guide 2016 in which key Catholic concerns are pointed out.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher states,

“A Catholic conscience is always informed by a profound respect for the dignity of the human person, from conception until natural death, and for the common good of the community. Values we cherish are at stake in this election, including our religious freedom, the meaning of marriage, our treatment of those fleeing war and persecution, the right of parents to educate their children in a way which respects their religious and moral beliefs, and the responsibility to respect the dignity and innocence of children in their school environment.”

In the Guide, a ‘Special Note’ is made in relation to the Senate elections: “Parties which strongly defend the dignity of the human person in relation to life, marriage, family and religious freedom include the Christian Democratic Party (CDP), Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Family First Party (FFP).

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DLP Launches Campaign in NSW

NSW Candidates Click here for full media release:
DLP NSW 2016 Campaign Launch

The NSW Democratic Labour Party (DLP) campaign was launched at Lambton Bowling Club on Saturday.

Senate candidates Paul McCormack and Dawn Willis, along with the candidate for Newcastle Stuart Southwell, announced several policies that the DLP will be pursuing in this election and in parliament if elected. Mr McCormack explained that, as it has been in the past, the DLP could once again be a responsible balance-of-power party in the Senate that placed the family and small business at the centre of Australia’s economy and society.

Housing affordability was raised as one of the most significant issues facing Australians, with Mr Southwell stating that “home ownership should not only be for the rich or two-income families.” The DLP announced it would reduce housing costs by restricting foreign investment into the Australian residential market through taxing foreign investors, with other measures to be investigated.

Senate candidate Dawn Willis spoke passionately about the DLP’s support for a plebiscite on marriage. The DLP provided the Liberal party with legislation calling for a Marriage referendum three days before former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced his intention to seek a referendum or plebiscite on the matter. The DLP hopes to see that legislation brought up in the next parliament.

The “Safe Schools” program is also clearly in the sights of the DLP. Mr Southwell and Mrs Willis stated that, while youth suicide was a significant issue and bullying was never acceptable, “Safe Schools” had nothing to do with bullying and was simply designed to indoctrinate children into the radical sexual and gender ideology of the Greens. Mr Southwell also argued that the Greens’ education policies attacked the “right of parents to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”

Mr Southwell criticised political correctness, stating his concern that our society was starting to value “Freedom from speech more than freedom of speech.”

The Democratic Labour Party is in column H of the NSW senate ballot paper.