IPAN Affiliates

IPAN is a network of organisations around Australia – community, faith and peace groups, trade unions and concerned individuals – aiming to build public dialogue and pressure  for change. Change to a truly independent foreign policy for Australia – one in which our government plays a positive role in solving international conflicts peacefully.

IPAN Vision

Advocate for an independent and peaceful Australia, free of foreign military bases, and free of interventions by other foreign Governments, corporations, or vested interests, that at present seek to exert undue influence in shaping Australia’s foreign and defence policies in a manner that diminishes Australia’s sovereignty; and

Recognise that a truly peaceful and independent Australia cannot be achieved without resolving the past cruel and unjust takeover of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands, and, in its activities, to work to address these injustices, which began under British Law, and have continued under Australian Governments since Federation.


We acknowledge the traditional custodians the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and respect their continuing culture.  We acknowledge their country was violently seized 230 years ago, and affirm that genuine independence of Australia cannot be achieved without a just and sovereign Treaty with the indigenous people of this land.

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

Upcoming events

    1. IPAN S-W Vic, International Day of Peace Celebrations, noon 21-22 September, Portland and Port Fairy

      21 Sep 12:00 PM - 22 Sep 4:30 PM AEST
    2. Annual Brisbane Peace Lecture

      21 Sep 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM AEST
    3. UN International Day of Peace Conference, Sat 22nd September, Clayton, Vic

      22 Sep 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM AEST
    4. FORUM: ‘Neutrality and war powers reform – paths to peace for Australia?’, Wed 26 September 2018, Canberra

      26 Sep 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM AEST
    5. Film, ‘The Coming War on China’, by John Pilger, Friday October 26th, 6.30pm, Newcastle

      26 Oct 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM AEDT

Latest news

Large Military and defence donations to Australian War Memorial – David Stephens, Honest History and Pearls and Irritations, 18 September 2018

DAVID STEPHENS. The Australian War Memorial admits receiving $1,271,473 over three years in donations from military and defence firms.


‘Defence officials turn lobbyists, sometimes weeks after leaving government’, Christopher Knaus, Guardian Australia, 18 September 2018

Eight former defence figures, most high-ranking, are now lobbyists for military contractors. Senior defence officials and military figures are taking paid jobs with firms lobbying for arms manufacturers, sometimes within weeks of leaving their government posts. Guardian Australia has identified eight former military officers or defence bureaucrats, most of whom were high-ranking, who have publicly […]


Conflict in Yemen. Melissa Parke, Pearls and Irritations, 15 September 2018

MELISSA PARKE. Conflict in Yemen And we provide arms to Yemen….


Media Release – Witness K and Bernard Collaery prosecution: Australia rorts a poor neighbour – then shoots the messenger, 12 September 2018

 MEDIA RELEASE                                                For release:  12 September 2018 Australia Rorts a Poor Neighbour –  then Shoots the Messenger who Exposed it! PROTEST 8.30am and 4pm, ACT MAGISTRATES COURT, WED 12 September “The Australian government’s prosecution of ‘witness K’, a former Australian Secret Intelligence Service employee who exposed ASIS’ bugging of the Timor Leste cabinet room during […]


Quakers Watching Brief: Preventing an Arms Race in Space, September 2018

WATCHING BRIEF: WB18-5 PREVENTING AN ARMS RACE IN SPACE As Quakers, we seek a world without war. We seek a sustainable and just community. We have a vision of an Australia that upholds human rights and builds peace internationally, with particular focus on our region. In our approach to government we will promote the importance […]


Palestinian Refugees and UNWRA, Quakers Action Alert: September 2018

Quaker Peace & Legislation Committee ACTION ALERT: AA 18-4 PALESTINIAN REFUGEES AND UNRWA As Quakers, we seek a world without war. We seek a sustainable and just community. We have a vision of an Australia that upholds human rights and builds peace internationally, with particular focus on our region. In our approach to government we […]


Voice, September 2018

Voice No 20 Sept 2018 In this Issue: * ICAN Nobel Peace Ride and Rally * MUA says NO to Nuclear Ports in South Australia * Youth Voice on Nuclear Disarmament Workshop * Two Koreas agree to September nuclear summit in Pyongyang * Danger of breakout of US-Russia hostilities as Syrian government ousts last stronghold […]


Prof Jeffrey Sachs, ‘the US role in Syria’, You Tube

MSNBC “Morning Joe” TV interview with Professor Jeffrey Sachs – Columbia University. This interview offers some additional info on the recent history of US’s involvement in Syria. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TACfQT3Th3k Jeffrey David Sachs is an American economist, public policy analyst, and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor, […]


Successful Brisbane student workshop on “a voice on nuclear disarmament”

40 high school students, their teachers and six professional artists gathered in Brisbane on August 16th to discuss, debate and develop their own public voice on nuclear disarmament, and on the Australian Government policy of not signing the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty. A short report is included here, and a more comprehensive report and […]


New Federal Defence Industry Minister plans larger role for Australia as a gun runner to the world.

Expanding the government’s export plan will be a key focus for new Defence Industry Minister Steven Ciobo, who will build on his experience as minister for trade, tourism and investment. …. Minister Ciobo said, “Last year I worked closely with Christopher Pyne to develop the Defence Export Strategy, including the creation of the $3.8 billion Defence […]