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.
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
An IPAN South-West Victoria Regional Group was recently established in May in Warrnambool and Portland – two major regional centres in south-west Victoria. Local residents, Gillian Blair and Julie Hart, invited Shirley Winton, Victorian coordinator of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network, to speak at 2 public meetings in Warrnambool and Portland and help local […]
Australian War Memorial: Stop accepting funding from weapon-makers Australian War Memorial Director and Council The Australian War Memorial increasingly seeks and accepts sponsorships from the world’s largest multinational weapon manufacturers. These companies reap enormous profits from war; for them, ongoing warfare leads to greater business success. They have no place in a memorial to our […]
SUE WAREHAM. How the Australian War Memorial has lost its way.
PETITION – Sign to ask the ALP to commit to joining the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. The ALP has supported the development of the UN treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We now need to strongly encourage them to update their policy to commit to signing and ratifying the treaty. Their national conference […]
IPAN recognises 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 works to address these injustices, which began under British Law, and have continued under Australian Governments, since Federation. 8 war heroes you didn’t learn about in school […]
Australia should be a nation that leads the world in promoting peace, not war. In 2018, we look set to lead the world in a different way. The Australian government’s recent plans to put Australia into the top 10 weapons manufacturers globally will take us down the road to increasing the amount of death, destruction […]
Indigenous Conceptions of Governance – talk by Dr Mary Graham, University of Queensland, who is a Kombumerri person (Gold Coast) through her father’s heritage and affiliated with Wakka Wakka (South Burnett) through her mother’s people. Dr. Mary Graham, Associate Adjunct Professor, School of Political Science and International Studies Canberra, October, 2017, 53.28 minutes, including Q […]
Don’t Buy into War – military spending creates fewer jobs than the same amount of money would have, if invested in other sectors.
The Job Opportunity Cost of War – Heidi Garrett Peltier Military spending by the federal government is often considered a vital support to employment and economic recovery. However, military spending creates fewer jobs than the same amount of money would have, if invested in other sectors. Clean energy and health care spending create 50 percent […]
Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine – a member group of IPAN Australia must protest the massacre in Gaza “The Australian Government must immediately call in the Israeli Ambassador and protest in the strongest terms, the killing of around 55 Palestinians in Gaza and injuring more than 2,000 – this constitutes a massacre,” said […]