1 July. Public Forum on the Social and Environmental Risks of the RCEP. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is a massive new trade agreement being negotiated between Australia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, New Zealand and the 10 members of ASEAN. AFTINET is coordinating several events in Melbourne to coincide with the negotiations. The RCEP negotiations are secret, but we know from leaks that it could include special rights for foreign investors to sue governments, entrench stronger monopolies on medicines, restrict the regulation of essential services and undermine human rights and the environment across the region. Speakers include Michele O'Neil, ACTU, Deborah Gleeson, La Trobe Uni, Jane Kelsey, Auckland Uni, Thuy Nguyen Phuong, ActionAid Vietnam, among others. Cost: Free, Registration essential. 6.30 to 8.30pm. Victorian Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton. Information.

2 July. Public Rally Against Damaging Provisions in the RCEP. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is a massive new trade agreement being negotiated between Australia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, New Zealand and the 10 members of ASEAN. AFTINET is coordinating several events in Melbourne to coincide with the negotiations. The RCEP negotiations are secret, but we know from leaks that it could include special rights for foreign investors to sue governments, entrench stronger monopolies on medicines, restrict the regulation of essential services and undermine human rights and the environment across the region. Cost: Free, Registration essential. 12.30 to 1.30pm. Melbourne Convention Centre, meet at the Polly Woodside Ship. Information.

5 July. NAIDOC March 2019. Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) invites the public to some morning tea, banner making, face painting, entertainment & general frivolity. The March leaves VAHS on Nicholson Street onto Spring Street, down Bourke Street and then onto Swanston Street, finishing up at Federation Square where a free community concert will be held. Cost: Free, all welcome. Morning tea from 9.00am; March starts at 11.30am. VAHS, 186 Nicholson St, Fitzroy. Information.

8 July. Briars Aboriginal Cultural Walk with Yidaki. Celebrate the start of NAIDOC week and discover how Victorian Aboriginals have cared for and used the flora and fauna of the Mornington Peninsula during a beautiful walk with Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man Lionel Lauch (Living Culture) as your guide. This walk will empower, educate, engage and connect you in the land and moment. Included in this walk is a meditation and healing session where you will be immersed in the rhythmic primal sounds of the Yidaki (Didgeridoo) as it moves through your muscles and organs, creating a space for powerful healing to take place. In the event of bad weather this session will run in the Briars Barn. Cost: $45 adult $35 concession, Registration essential. 10.30am to 1.00pm. The Briars, 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha. Enquiries: (03) 5974 3686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

20 July. Dinner for Charity. Comfort Care Foundation is holding this fundraising dinner event to raise funds for the opening of their transitional homeless residency in the Wyndham area of Melbourne. A delicious three course meal will be served, together with great entertainment and exciting raffle prizes. Comfort Care Foundation is an Australian registered charity that helps the disadvantaged young people, children, women, and disabled. Cost: $40 for adults, $20 for kids, RSVP by 20 June. From 5.30pm. Altona RSL, 31 Sargood Street, Altona. Enquiries: 0433 873 191 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

26 July. Human Rights 2019: The Annual Castan Centre Conference. The annual Castan Centre conference is the leading human rights conference in Australia, providing a vital health check on the state of human rights in Australia and overseas. Keynote Speaker is Zainab Mahboob who is the Head of Legal at the Justice Project Pakistan. Zainab directs strategic litigation for clients with mental illness on death row. Conference speakers include other accomplished and inspiring women whose work focus on human rights. Cost: various, Registration essential. 9.00am to 5.00pm. The Arena, NAB Docklands, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands. Enquiries: (03) 9905 3327 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and Registration.

14 to 16 August. Peace Education Symposium: Teaching the Theology and Practice of Peace and Nonviolence. Join passionate educators from around Australia to learn the fundamentals of peace and nonviolence education and ways to embed these principles into your curriculum and teaching practice. Cost: various, Early Bird rate until 31 May, Registration essential. 9.00am to 4.30pm. St Joseph’s Centre, Edmund Rice Education Australia, 9 The Vaucluse, Richmond. Program Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Michael Wood. For registration enquiries, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Bessie Mutusva. Information. Download flyer here.

 

 

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