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Below are details of events and activities broadly dealing with issues relating to social justice and ethics that may be of interest to some CES members and supporters. Please note that these are non CES organized and managed events and not necessarily CES endorsed.


Some of these are past events, but the links may still be of interest.

See the home page for any forthcoming events

Forced Adoptions - Do public apologies help?

Public Forum followed by refreshments and informal discussion.
When: Monday 10th September at 7.30pm
Where: St Ninian's Church Hall. Cnr Mouat and Brigalow Streets, LYNEHAM.
  • Ms Meredith Hunter, MLA, ACT Legislative Assembly;
  • Ms Jane Allen, mother who had her son forcibly removed;
  • Mr Thomas Graham, Adoptee and Editor, Australian Journal on Adoption.
Contact Ph:6251 2272
Here is a flyer (PDF, 115kB)

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change activities


Youth Climate Embassy

As the nation debates the short-term costs involved in legislation to tackle climate change, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is highlighting the needs of future generations who have no voice in today's debate. ARRCC invites those interested to visit or join a Youth Embassy for intergenerational justice on the lawns of Parliament House, Mon. - Thurs. June 25th - 28th (incl.) 9 am - 4 pm.

It would be great to have a good crowd around the Embassy when we hold our Press Conference at 11.30 am Tuesday June 26th.

The main aim is to draw the attention of Australians to the need for a safe climate future for the children/grandchildren of the world and future generations, particularly people in developing countries. The timing is for the lead-up to the implementation of the Clean Energy Future legislation on July 1st, when the media focus will be on the costs of taking action.

So far we have been inviting from people under the age of 25, to send in their views in written or creative formats to: They can also put their views on site at the Embassy.

Peace Pole ceremony

As part of the Youth Embassy vigil, Canberra Interfaith Forum plans to hold a Peace Pole ceremony. Gathering around a Peace Pole people would listen to youth sharing their view on care for creation. The ceremony is planned for 3 - 4 pm on Tuesday June 26th.

Peace in Parliament and harmony with earth and with each other, essential ingredients for the future of our Lucky Planet as we debate the implications of the Clean Energy Future legislation.

Please e-mail Terry Quinn at to register your interest in participating in the Youth Embassy Peace Pole Ceremony.

Interfaith Forum

The finale of the Youth Embassy will be on Thursday June 28th 6.30 - 8.30 pm, a public Interfaith Forum on the question of intergenerational justice.

Speakers: Rev. Professor James Haire, youth speakers from a number of faith backgrounds. Some of the short video contributions from youth will also be shown on the night and a brief whimsical musical performance is planned.

When: Thursday, June 28 at 6.30 - 8.30 pm
Venue: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton.
Cost: donations welcome
Contact person: Thea Ormerod
Ph: (02) 9150 9713
M: 0405 293 466

Public Forum - "Living with drugs: fostering a safe, open and rational society"

Organisation: Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform
Activity Date: Thursday, 21/06/2012

Professor Nicholas Cowdery, AM, QC, Former Director Public Prosecutions, NSW spoke on living with drugs: fostering a safe, open and rational society. Note - this was not a CES event.

An audio of the whole forum is here (address) (Q&A) and a transcript of Professor Cowdery's address is here

Reconciliation Week seminar: Rights and Recognition: From Native Title to the Constitution

Speakers: Mick Dodson AM, and Masepah Banu

In this seminar speakers Professor Mick Dodson and Masepah Banu will discuss how Native Title is changing lives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. They will also consider the next step in the 'rights agenda', the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.
  • WHEN: 7.15 - 9.30 pm, Monday 28 May 2012
  • WHERE: Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 2nd Floor, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • COST: This is a FREE event. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • RSVP: Please rsvp for catering purposes to by 24 May 2012.
Note - this is not a CES event. For more information please download the seminar flyer:
Rights and Recognition: From Native Title to the Constitution.

Medical Association for Prevention of War (ACT) dinner

When: Tues Feb 28, 6.30 for 7 pm
Where:Brassey Hotel, Barton
Guest Speaker:Professor Marilyn Lake, Professor of History at La Trobe University
Topic: "What's Wrong with ANZAC? The Militarisation of Australian History"
Cost:$75 for 2 course meal with tea and coffee
Bookings:by Thursday Feb 23, to Maureen, on 6249 7824 or
Further Details:  poster (pdf, 118kB)

Clyde Cameron Memorial Lecture

When: 9am-1pm, Saturday 19 November
Where:University House, 1 Balmain Cres, ANU
Keynote Speaker: Prof Frank Stilwell
Topic: "Land, Social Justice and Sustainability"
Further Details:  poster (pdf, 209kB)

Public Lecture on Social Justice

When:     6:30pm, Friday 18 November 2011

Where:     National Library, Canberra

Speakers:   Father Frank Brennan,  Professor Jon Altman

Further Details:  poster (pdf, 64kB)

Kathy Kelly, peace activist, visiting Canberra

Kathy Kelly, an American peace activist who has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize, will be visiting Canberra the week after next. She will speak at the Australian Catholic University on "The Inventiveness of Nonviolence, a Gospel Perspective".

Kathy has invested her life in search of non-military solutions to end wars, often at great personal cost. Kathy has lived in war zones, sharing the dangers with civilians in Nicaragua, Gaza, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The link to the website for her visit, which is being sponsored by Pace e Bene is

When: 5.30pm, Wednesday 2 November
Where: Australian Catholic University, Signadou Campus, 223 Antill St, Watson ACT
Speaker: Kathy Kelly
Topic: "The Inventiveness of Nonviolence, a Gospel Perspective"
Further Details:  poster (pdf, 582kB)  

"New Perspectives on Ecology and Sustainable Forest Management"

When:      530pm Tuesday  7 June 2011

Where:     Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra

Speaker:   Professor David Lindenmayer, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU, Australian Academy of Science


"Senior Years be Prepared - Legal Housing and Safety Issues" - St Ninian's Uniting Church

When:        10:00 to 12:00 am Wednesday 15 June 2011

Where:       St Ninian's Uniting Church Cnr Mouat & Brigalow Sts Lyneham

Speakers:  Heather Cox, Helen Taylor and Helen Judd


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