In the above report, the comment about Australia in the Climate Policy section
"Since joining the "very poor" group last year, Australia has lost even
more ground and now comes in last together with Canada and Turkey."
For more see
Failings of Australian Governments.
A very informative article on the Iraq War of 2003 is given in
Bombing and terrorising other nations is the American way,
it never was the Australian way – until the John Howard
The photo on the right shows dying gums at Crystal Brook, where I live.
Part of the cause could be ascribed to a freak very long drought, but a part
(the higher temperatures) is definitely due to climate change.
How much must we loose before Australians decide that greenhouse is a
Of course the drought too is very likely due to greenhouse/climate change.
The photo below shows red stringybark trees in
Spring Gully Conservation Park
Considering the local environmental impacts such as those shown in the two
photos above and all the publicity that climate change (and ocean
has had, nobody who is reasonably intelligent and reasonably well informed
could not know that climate change is a fact, is due to Man's activities.
One of the main causes of both is the emissions from motor vehicles.
One way we can all reduce our climate change impact is by minimising our
driving and by driving a car that is no bigger than we need.
On 2006/03/18 I took a folding chair down to the main road (Clare to Blyth)
in front of my place for an hour and ten minutes to get a record of the
traffic going past. I should say that it was a Saturday and the day of a
state election – this would have had some effect on the mix of traffic.
I have tabled a summary of the traffic below.
|Number of occupants
|Type of car||1||2
|Large car with caravan||0
|Large 4WD with caravan||0
Notes on the table
My estimates of car sizes go something like this: small, <1 tonne;
medium, 1-1¼ t; large 1½ t; large 4WD, 2 t.
I did not record large commercial vehicles.
Some of the large 'cars' were utilities (pick up trucks) that had at least
a partial load.
There were no pedestrians, bicycles, or motorbikes.
There were no busses (there are four busses a week available to pick up
passenges going past my property).
4WD = four-wheel-drive = SUV
All the cars I saw, other than the utilities, could have taken at least four
people, some could have taken eight.
Apart from one or two of the utes, not one of the total 110 had a full load
of passengers; 65% of the cars I saw contained only the driver.
Not counting the towing vehicles, about 160 tonnes of vehicles went past
carrying about 147 people; if the average weight of an occupant was 70kg
that is 160 tonnes of vehicles carrying 10 tonnes of people
(a payload ratio of only 0.0625).
If the people I recorded cared about how much greenhouse carbon dioxide they
were releasing into the atmosphere why did 72 drive large cars
and only three drive small cars? (Few of these people could claim to not
know about the greenhouse/climate change problem. It had been well
publicised for years. They would also have to know that vehicle emissions
increase with vehicle size.)
Eat half the cake.)
Why were there no pedestrians or cyclists?
(Clare is 5km away from where
I did this survey; I frequently ride a bike, and sometimes walk, into town.)
This is another reason that I am ashamed to be Australian.
On the other hand, I have no reason
to believe that Australians are more selfish than are non Australians.
Probably most people would behave in the same way if placed in the same
situation. Perhaps I should say that I am ashamed to be a member of the
The majority of Australians are well-intentioned, but they fail to look
at the bigger picture, they don't
see themselves as citizens of the world, with the responsibilities that
go with that citizenship.
In this way they are no different to those who have large families
(often for religious reasons) in our
overpopulated world, when they could choose family planning.
Can Tony Abbott be blamed for his irresponsible stand
on greenhouse emissions when the common people are unwilling to modify their
Of course this is not the only evidence that Australians give a very low
priority to the environment.
A low percentage of Australians vote for political parties
that are strong on environment, and the major parties have found that they
will get more votes by promising tax cuts or pay rises rather than by
promising to do more for the environment.
In late November 2004 I started a campaign asking celebrities for
short statements on how they felt about the Australian
Government's stance on greenhouse and its unquestioning support
for the belligerent policies of the US Bush Government.
The Australian government has taken the wrong side on climate
change and the wrong side in George Bush's "war on terror". As
far as both social and environmental justice are concerned, it
has become part of the problem.
Received from George
George Monbiot is a UK journalist and author who writes on many
issues of international concern.
On the day that the invasion of Iraq began I said on air, on the ABC,
that I was ashamed to be an Australian. Nothing that has happened since
has made me feel any better about being a citizen of a nation that acts
as a satrapy of the US. Australia now follows the US slavishly on all
matters, from war to the environment. Australia joins the US in
refusing to outlaw torture. It joins the US in supporting the Israeli
'security' fence. It goes wherever the US orders it to go. And now,
with the infamous free trade agreement, the nation signs away its last
vestige of independence and autonomy. I am deeply ashamed.
Terry Lane, received 2004/12/18.|
Terry is a journalist and well known
in Australia for his weekly radio session, 'In the National Interest'.
A concern about ourselves must start with a caring about children and
young people and ensuring that we do not damage for the future the land
and the seas that are so much part of our Australian identity.
Dr. John Yu, Australian of the Year, 1996; received 2005/02/21
So few responses was disappointing. The response from one person,
who was a researcher attached to a university, indicated a fear
that making a statement might prejudice the chances of further
research grants from the government. Another person rang me
and expressed equally grave concern to mine, but I did not hear
from this person again.
It seems to me that there is a fear of speaking out against the
government because of possible consequences.
From an article by Duncan Macfarlane in The Australian, 2003/05/30
In a wide-ranging address at the University of Queensland, Sir William said
the nation would "surely lose its way" if future leaders ran the country as
badly as the present (Howard) Government.
He said untruth was evident in the children overboard affair when the federal
Government falsely claimed in the lead-up to the November 2001 election that
asylum-seekers had thrown their children into the water from their boats.
He spoke of "the denial of the fundamental responsibility of a democratic
government to seek to safeguard the human rights of all its citizens,
unpopular and the alleged wrongdoer in the case of two Australians
indefinitely caged without legal charge or process at Guantanamo Bay jail."
Alluding to the federal Government's refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on
global warming, Sir William said young Australians must "make good our
failure as a nation to do enough to help safeguard the world environment for
He said the Government must do more to reduce income inequality.
"There is the challenge to face up to the completely unacceptable yet growing
gap between the haves and the have-nots in this the land of the so-called
fair go for all," Sir William said.
"The plight of the disadvanataged, even in affluent Australia, is an
overwhelming problem which no one of us who has a voice to speak, or the
means to help, can in conscience ignore."
I don't want to be entirely negative. There are points about
which one can take pride in being Australian...
International relations the US way, above
My-Thuan Bridge, otherwise known as the Friendship Bridge; over
a branch of the Mekong delta in Vietnam.
This project was partly funded by Australian aid.
|Photo thanks to "Travel to Vietnam"
- Australia is one of the most secular nations on Earth.
Fewer residents of Australia swallow the destructive
religion delusion than in the great majority
of countries (unfortunately, in early 2010, both our Prime Minister and
Leader of the Opposition were among the deluded; this continued with PM
Abbott in 2014).
- Australia has freedom of speech, although the Howard and Abbott
governments have shamefully reduced that.
- Australia has a working democracy (while apathetic and
unthinking voters don't help.)
- Australians are as well educated and informed as most peoples.
- Australia's involvement in bringing peace to East Timor
is something that all Australians should be proud of.
Unlike the situation in Iraq, the East Timorese wanted us,
the UN was in favour or our intervention,
and even the Indonesian government
did not object to our presence. (Of course this followed
Australia's ignoring the illegal invasion of East Timor by
Indonesia for the previous 25 years.)
- Australia's participation in helping the Solomon Islands
sort out their recent problems was commendable. Note that this
differed to Iraq in that we were invited
and our involvement saved lives.
- Of 19 countries listed on the 'Index of Bribe-Payers' (BPI),
Australia is second. Ie. Australians are the second least
likely to offer bribes. Sweden comes first, China has the
worst record. (Source: Global Corruption Report 2001)
(This picture may have changed a bit since the AWB $300m Iraq bribery
- The photo on the right is of My-Thuan Bridge which was
built in Vietnam with assistance from Australia. Projects such
as this are a greatly preferable way of interacting with other
countries than is bombing them.
- The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting
Service (SBS) are credits to Australia.
In spite of cut-backs in funding and periodic attacks from government
they still provide news and information free from control by government and
A very few large media companies have gained control of the
greatest part of main-stream media and present biased and/or
lowest-common-denomiator coverage, but there seems to be an increasing
number of alternative sources of news and stories about what is going on in
the world around us.
While government is not entirely in favour of it, and has reduced press
freedom, there continues to be a substantially free 'press' in Australia.
- Perhaps the greatest reason for pride in being Australian would be
because of the number of Australians who
selflessly volunteer their time to help others who may be
less well off or to improve their communities.
(Compare this altruism to the
greed of the corporate bosses.)
What can you do to help change Australia for the better; so
that you will not have to be ashamed of your country?
It's worth working on our politicians. The independents and
those in the minor parties have consciences.
I fear that those in the big parties have mostly got their conciences
under control, but they might have a heart in there somewhere,
there's always hope, remember Darth Varda! See the
example letter below.
What can you do?
Refer to main text for more details
One of the more unorthodox acts that I have resorted to was
to post a book on personal ethics to my local MP. It was
probably ignored, but who knows?
letters to newspapers;
- Write to, or telephone, or visit your federal
- Join a political party and do your little bit to change
it for the better;
- Only vote for people you respect;
- Stand for parliament yourself;
- Write an
Internet page about your local member of parliament;
Collective noun for backbenchers?
The short ABC TV satire show Clarke and Dawe asked the question:
"What is the collective noun for backbenchers?"
The answer was:
Quite right, they are creatures without backbones.
I believe a big part of the problem is that Australians (and
Americans) don't, or can't, put themselves in the position of the
people who we are oppressing. If we can make Australians see the situation
from, for example, an Iraqi's point of view, that is a step toward
fixing the problem.
Express your opinion, you can write to newspapers. Most people will
either understand your feelings and simpathise with you,
or will totally miss your point, but there
may be a few who will start to think about it because of your letter.
My role-models are the students of one of the Melbourne universities,
I think it was Monash. When they first started protesting against
the Vietnam war back in the nineteen sixties I thought that they were close
to being traitors. I gradually came around to their opinion. Someone
has to be first, even if others think that person is a nut at the
Whatever you do, don't vote for one political candidate because you
think that he/she is not quite so bad as the main party alternative.
And party loyalty is a big part of the reason that we, and the USA, have
the terrible governments that we are lumbered with.
Look into all the candidates.
Learn what the parties stand for.
Perhaps join a political party, you can work to improve them from
Find a candidate who you can respect.
If all else fails, nominate as a candidate yourself (I have done so),
or even start your own party.
Perhaps organising a few friends to put together some placards and
demonstrate in front of your local MP's office might be more your
style? The main thing is to do something!
Apathy is as much the
enemy as are bad politicians.
This is a slightly edited copy of a letter that I sent to my
local MP and about
10 local newspapers on 2004/11/18. You can probably improve on it
or think of other ways to prick someone's conscience. Be polite
and not insulting; this can be difficult when you feel disgusted.
Open letter to [politician's name], Federal Parliamentary member
for [name of electorate].
The prestigious journal, The Lancet, has published a study concluding
that 100 000 Iraqi civilians have died from the hostilities since the
beginning of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. I don't know how many
politicians in the UK and USA voted for the war, but for the sake of
an estimate I will suppose that there were 200 in the UK and 300 in
the USA. There must have been about 85 Liberal members of the
Australian House of Representatives, including you, who went along
with the invasion. We can therefore lay the responsibility for the
100 000 dead Iraqi civilians on about 585 politicians. Your share,
then, is 100 000/585=171 innocent dead people.
Do you feel that you are responsible for the deaths of these 171
Iraqi civilians? If not, can you please explain why you should not
be considered responsible?
The Weapons of Mass Destruction that were the main justification for
the war have not been found.
The war was illegal according to the UN. Ie. Iraq posed no
immediate threat to Australia, the USA, or the UK; and the UN
Security Council did not approve of the invasion.
There was never any credible evidence that Iraq was connected with
Any unbiased observer would have to conclude that the war has
increased hatred and mistrust for the Coalition, and therefore it
would have increased the threat of terrorism against Australia
The USA has sold off Billions of dollars worth of Iraqi assets to
pay for 'reconstruction'; a reconstruction that would not have
been needed but for the invasion.
Finally, Iraq seems as far from being a peaceful democratic nation
now as it was before the invasion. (As the latest example,
Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) has just announced that it is
pulling out of Iraq because their people are now at too much
Do you believe that the war was morally justified?
Don't forget to give your name and address, newspapers cannot print
letters if they don't have the name and address of the sender. You can
ask that they do not print your name and address, but that might make
it less likely that they will print your letter.
The Lancet article which refers to the 100 000 deaths
among Iraqi civilians mentioned above can be read on
The Lancet Internet
site. You will have to register to read it, but this is a
You could write an Internet page on which you could record the
letters that you have sent to your local Federal Member of
Parliament and his/her answers.
You could improve on my example.
Contact me at the email address at the
top of this page if you would like me to help.
I'm sure politicians are told all the time that they should be taking more
action on greenhouse emissions.
I believe that a different aproach is needed to get the message across.
many reasons to believe that the coal industry
has no economic future; we need to get this message to our politicians.
I suggest emailing them something like this:
Subject line: Economic future
A list of politician's names can be found on
Hello [first name]
I wish to make several simple points that are, I think you will agree,
important to all Australians:
1. Coal has no future, economically or environmentally (evidence supporting
this statement via link given below)
2. The Pope's recent encyclical has shown yet again that the world demands
action on CC
3. Renewable energy is the future
4. Australia will be left behind if we cling to the dying coal industry
I'm sure you would prefer to be seen as someone who can see the way the
world is going rather than as someone who clings to the polluting ways of
There are many reasons to believe that the coal industry is in terminal
decline at http://ramblingsdc.net/EndOfCoal.html
Their email addresses all have the form: email@example.com;
for example: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some Australians do care deeply about climate change and ethics in
and outside of government.
I suspect that they are usually unwilling to talk about what they do to
reduce their greenhouse impact because they don't want to be seen as
Australian Greens Senators Bob Brown and Kerry Nettle were the only
parliamentarians with the courage to stand up and criticise President
Gorge W. Bush during his 23 October 2003 address to the joint sitting of
both houses of the Australian Parliament.
On a much more local scale,
Lorraine Saunders of Crystal Brook made a speach (see the box below)
accepting the Crystal Brook Citizen of the Year Award.
I knew that Lorraine prefers to walk or ride a bicycle rather than drive
whenever she can. I didn't know, nor did she mention in her speach, that
she and her husband, Geoff, have 30 solar photovoltaic panels (1920 Watts)
on their roof and have solar water heating.
They are committed to minimising their environmental footprint.
I thought that there were only two people who had any solar photovoltaic
panels in my small town, but now I wonder how many others I do not know
about. How many people buy 'green electricity' in Crystal Brook?
I would love to know.
If a quarter of Australian parliamentarians had the ethical standards
of Bob Brown and Kerry Nettle, if ten times as many Australians were as
responsible as the Saunders, this country would be a far better place.
Lorraine Saunders acceptance speach as Crystal Brook Citizen of the
Year, January 2007
I would like to express my gratitude to the person or people who nominated
me and the group who chose that nomination to be worthy of recognition. I
would also like to sincerely thank all the people who have rung, dropped
notes or stopped me in the street to offer congratulations. It has been
very flattering and appreciated greatly.
In most things that I do or am involved in, I really do feel as though my
time, efforts and contributions are valued by those involved (or by the
parents of those involved) so recognition by the wider community really is
not something I was looking for. I get fabulous cards from my little Day
Care people with interesting pictures and a lot of effort put into the
writing. I get lovely gifts at the end of the hockey season, presented by
ever-more skilful little players and Guides and leaders have always
acknowledged my contribution of time and energy.
What I am saying is, I have my rewards for what I do and the bottom line is
that I don't do anything I don't enjoy. (You should see my house sometimes!!)
I feel as though I have contributed to this community over the last 30 years
and this community has contributed to my life and that of my family in ways
that could never be expressed in words.
When we first came here, Geoff joined the Apex club and one of the earliest
functions we attended was a progressive tea. In an attempt to get my
bearings, I asked someone who lived over the fence from the home we were
at. The response came "Oh, they're not local. They are..." Out of
curiosity I asked how long they had been here. "Twenty-five years" was the
I thought to myself "How can you ever belong if you're not local after all
Hopefully our children are considered locals and I like to think of myself
as a Brookie, because I do care about this community as a whole and the
people as individuals.
When I was first told that I was to be given this recognition I was quite
excited, and thought "Wow! A soap box in a park, a microphone and a captive
Then I thought that perhaps it would not be appropriate to get on my "soapbox"
on Australia Day.
Then I had a rethink and decided it was the absolutely perfect time to
attempt to make an impact for Australia, so that's what I intend doeing now.
There are lots of things I would like to see happen here because most people
really have a genuine concern for what is going on, for each other and such a
pride in their town, state and country.
I would like to think that on Australia Day we could all be aware of the need
for our country to try and rectify some of the damage we have created over
the last 200 years.
It would be great if many people here took up the challenge to grow and plant
"Trees For Life" are always looking for growers and with the planting of
hundreds of trees each year, a tiny amount of vegetation may be able to be
replaced for all the thousands of acres of clearing done in our state.
We could all recycle so, so much more than we do at present. Most of us
probably take our cans and bottles in to Pirie for the 5c deposit, but at
the same depot you can take all your tuna tins, dog cans, spaghetti and
baked bean tins. You don't get any money for doing this
but the metal is recycled and not put into landfill.
All plastic milk containers can be taken there also.
I would like to see a plastic collection depot here in the Brook for things
like milk containers, yoghurt pots, icecream and margarine containers, so
that these could be taken to the plastic recyclers in Pirie in bulk.
It seems hard to understand why the Gladstone Senior Citizens are the only
ones in this area concerned enough about the tones of paper going into
landfill, to provide a paper collection service.
These elderly chaps did do a pick-up in the Brook for a while but are no
longer doing this.
Why isn't this an option for our community?
Gayle has just shifted to Naracoorte and Pete to Esperance and their
communities have recycle bins for every household for the collection of glass,
paper, plastic and metal. In New Zealand 47% of all councils have a
Zero Waste policy aiming at reusing, recycling or eliminating the production
of waste material.
We could do better than we do at present.
In Australia, we have the highest ratio of greenhouse gas production per head
of population of any developed nation. This is not a statistic to be proud
of. As individuals, we could all reduce the amount of power we use and
the petrol we put into or cars - we could get out the push bikes, walking
shoes, turn off lights, air conditioners, computers, T.V.s. We could
take passengers in our cars if we know of others going to
the same place or event as ourselves.
I am curious to know why the Clements Gap wind farm project seems to have lost
momentum. This would be a fabulous asset to the health of the planet, which
experts are tipping will have a temperature rise of 2-3 degrees within
50 years if we continue with our current level of polluting.
If this becomes a reality it will mean tropical conditions could move down
as far as Sydney, which is about the same latitude as us, altering
habitat, weather conditions, health and lifestyle.
The announcement that uranium will be sold to newly developing countries
really concerns me because of the amount of radioactive waste that will
need to be catered for.
I can see a lot of pressure being put on Australia to take back the rubbish it
is encouraging other people to create and I feel sure that we will end up
with nuclear waste dumps in our state, containing material which will
remain radio-active for up to 200 000 years.
Not something to look forward to, but something that WE are allowing to
happen and which will impact on generation of people because of our, and our
government's obsession with money.
A quote from Benjamin Hoff pits it in a nutshell, "The natural world is
alright, voters across the country seem to be saying, as long as its
preservation doesn't interfere with the process of destroying it to earn
So many people are quietly concerned about pollution and climate change
but don't really do anything because they don't know where to start or think
that they can't make any difference. My nephew was a civil engineer
in NSW, now in Tasmania and one interesting discussion over the Christmas
break illustrates just what can be achieved by individuals working
One particular council he knew of was going to renovate or expand its water
treatment set-up to cope with growing demands.
Before they committed to any major works, each household was issued with a
strainer for the kitchen sink.
The use of these simple, inexpensive devices cut the solids going into the
waste water so dramatically that no alteration was needed to their treatment
I would like to think that the members of this beautiful little community
could really be leaders in living more lightly on the planet, and could set
an example for other communities to follow.
There are many very passionate, dedicated people in Crystal Brook who could
help make a difference in the world by setting programmes in motion that
will make a very serious impact on our current poor performance.
Working with little people every day is a huge honour, privilege and
responsibility for me because I know
that I am able to influence what they learn and how they approach life.
One example of this was shown in the results of a hockey survey we did a
year or two ago.
One question asked was why your child chose to play hockey and the response
from 5 or 6 parents was "because Lorraine brainwashed them at Day Care".
That's not entirely true, but they were certainly exposed to and were familiar
with the equipment and concept.
It is my hope that environmentally and community-wise, the children that
I have contact with will develop a passion for improving the place in which
they live; will have an appreciation of the
magnificence of the natural world and a respect and wonder for the amazing
plants and animals which inhabit it.
You have chosen me as Citizen of the Year for 2007 because of the contribution
you deem I have made in the past.
I would like to think that I have more to offer this community in the years
to come as there are many things we can all do to make this area, our country
and the world a better, safer, less polluted place for our grandchildren and
I would just like to finish with this little treasure.
I was given some time ago, a card by some year 1 or 2 boys who were doing
computing practice and on it they wrote "Dear Lorraine you are great. But
you could be better". How humbling, but true of us all.
STATEMENT FOR THE MEDIA BY A CONCERNED GROUP OF FORMER SERVICE
CHIEFS AND AUSTRALIAN DIPLOMATS
TIME FOR HONEST, CONSIDERED AND BALANCED FOREIGN AND SECURITY
August 8th, 2004
We believe that a reelected Howard Government or an elected
Latham Government must give priority to truth in Government.
This is fundamental to effective parliamentary democracy.
Australians must be able to believe they are being told the truth
by our leaders, especially in situations as grave as committing
our forces to war.
We are concerned that Australia was committed to join the invasion
of Iraq on the basis of false assumptions and the deception of the
Saddam's dictatorial administration has ended, but removing him
was not the reason given to the Australian people for going to
war. The Prime Minister said in March 2003 that our policy was
"the disarmament of Iraq, not the removal of Saddam Hussein".
He added a few days before the invasion that if Saddam got rid of
his weapons of mass destruction he could remain in power.
It is a matter for regret that the action to combat terrorism
after 11 September 2001, launched in Afghanistan, and widely
supported, was diverted to the widely opposed invasion of Iraq.
The outcome has been destructive, especially for Iraq. The
international system has been subjected to enormous stress that
It is of concern to us that the international prestige of the
United States and its Presidency has fallen precipitously over
the last two years. Because of our Government's unquestioning
support for the Bush Administration's policy, Australia has also
been adversely affected. Terrorist activity, instead of being
contained, has increased. Australia has not become safer by
invading and occupying Iraq and now has a higher profile as a
We do not wish to see Australia's alliance with the United
States endangered. We understand that it can never be an alliance
of complete equals because of the disparity in power, but to
suggest that an ally is not free to choose if or when it will go
to war is to misread the ANZUS Treaty. Within that context,
Australian governments should seek to ensure that it is a genuine
partnership and not just a rubber stamp for policies decided in
Washington. Australian leaders must produce more carefully
balanced policies and present them in more sophisticated ways.
These should apply to our alliance with the United States, our
engagement with the neighbouring nations of Asia and the South
West Pacific, and our role in multilateral diplomacy, especially
at the United Nations.
Above all, it is wrong and dangerous for our elected
representatives to mislead the Australian people. If we cannot
trust the word of our Government, Australia cannot expect it to
be trusted by others. Without that trust, the democratic
structure of our society will be undermined and with it our
standing and influence in the world.
The list of those who have agreed to the text follows:
Admiral Alan Beaumont AC, former Chief of Defence Force;
General Peter Gration AC, former Chief of Defence Force;
Admiral Mike Hudson AC, former Chief of the Navy;
Vice Admiral Sir Richard Peek, former Chief of the Navy;
Air Marshal Ray Funnell AC, former Chief of the Airforce;
Air Vice Marshal Brendan O'Loughlin AO former head of Australian
Defence Staff, Washington;
Major General Alan Stretton AO, former Director General National
Departmental Heads and Diplomatic Representatives
Paul Barratt, AO, former Secretary Dep. Defence and Deputy
Dr John Burton, former Secretary of Dep. External Affairs and
HC to Ceylon;
Dr Stuart Harris AO, former Secretary of Dep. Foreign Affairs
John Menadue AO, former Secretary of Prime Ministers Department
and former Ambassador to Japan;
Alan Renouf, former Secretary Dept. Foreign Affairs, Ambassador
to France, Ambassador to US;
Richard Woolcott, AC, former Secretary of Dept. Foreign Affairs
and Trade, Ambassador to the United Nations, Indonesia and The
Dennis Argall, former Ambassador to China;
Robin Ashwin, former Ambassador to Egypt, Soviet Union and
Jeff Benson, former Ambassador to Denmark and Iceland;
Geoff Bentley, former Ambassador to Russia and Consul General
John Bowan, former Ambassador to Germany;
Alison Broinowski, former Charge d'Affaires to Jordan;
Richard Broinowski, former Ambassador to Mexico, Korea and
John Brook, former Ambassador to Vietnam and Algiers;
Ross Cottrill, Executive Director Australian Institute of
Peter Curtis, former Ambassador to France, CG New York and High
Rawdon Dalrymple, AO, former Ambassador to United States,
Japan, Indonesia and Israel;
Malcolm Dan, former Ambassador to Argentina and Chile;
Stephen Fitzgerald AO, former Ambassador to China;
Geoff Forrester, former Deputy Secretary Department Foreign
Affairs and Trade;
Robert Furlonger, former Director General ONA and Head of JIO
and Ambassador to Indonesia;
Ross Garnaut, AO, former Ambassador to China;
Ian Haig AM, former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and
Robert Hamilton, former Ambassador to Mexico, El Salvador and
Cavan Hogue, former H.C. to Malaysia, Ambassador to Thailand,
and United Nations (Security Council);
Roger Holdich, former Director General of Intelligence and
Ambassador to Korea;
Gordon Jockel, former Chairman of the National Intelligence
Committee and Ambassador to Thailand and Indonesia;
Tony Kevin, former Ambassador to Cambodia and Poland;
Peter Lloyd, AM, former Ambassador to Iraq;
Alf Parsons, AO former High Commissioner to United Kingdom,
High Commissioner to Singapore, Malaysia;
Ted Pocock AM , former High Commissioner to Pakistan,
Ambassador to France and Morocco, the Soviet Union, Korea
and the EU;
Peter Rogers, former Ambassador to Israel;
Rory Steele, former Ambassador to Iraq;
H. Neil Truscott AM, former Ambassador to Iraq;
Ron Walker, former Special Disarmament Adviser, Ambassador
to the UN, Geneva, Ambassador to Austria and Chairman of
the Board of Governors IAEA;
Which electorate do you live in?
Who is your local member of federal parliament?
Parliament of Australia,
House of Representatives
What local papers are there?