Peace Symposium Session Videos
Chair, Board of Directors at First Nations Foundation
Chief Executive Officer
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
Emeritus Scholar at La Trobe University
Reconciliation is a step on the road to a more peaceful and inclusive co-existence between indigenous Australians and those of us whose Australian heritage is more recent. It involves acknowledging the first nation status of all Aboriginal people, and recognition of their ancestral and cultural links to this land. It also involves the creation of the opportunity to be heard and participate fully and equally in our society.
The 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart was the culmination of several years of consultation with indigenous people from all parts of Australia. This statement is the first such collective expression by our indigenous Australians of the next steps required to take us forward on the road to reconciliation.
This session will consider the current environment for reconciliation and what needs to be done to assist this process. It will consider what can be done by business and government, what might be required in terms of our legal and governance structures and by our society in general. It will also consider this from the perspectives of geographically diverse indigenous communities. Importantly, it will help guide Rotarians on how community service organisations can engage in the reconciliation process and support the aspirations of indigenous Australians.
Chair, Rotary Foundation Committee
Associate Professor Troy McEwan
Swinburne Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
Assistant Commissioner Family Violence Command, Victoria Police
Rotary Melbourne & Rotary Safe Families
This session will provide participants with an overview of the Victoria Police and community approach to holding family violence perpetrators to account, keeping victims safe and addressing children’s needs. The panelists will outline their roles and approach to influencing a systems response to family violence, implementing an evidence-based risk assessment for prioritising the police response and the community prevention focus of Rotary SAFE families. This session will offer a unique insight into an evidence-based response by frontline and specialist police resources and opportunities for Rotarians to mobilise community in the prevention of family violence as a Rotary SAFE Ambassador.
Launch of the Peacebuilding Initiative from the University of Melbourne
Professor Duncan Maskell
Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne
Professor John Langmore AM
Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Government
Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne
Dr Tania Miletic
Assistant Director, Initiative for Peacebuilding / Centre for Peacebuilding
Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne
Ms Kathy Klugman
Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RedR Australia CEO
Australia Assists Deployee – RedR Australia
Coordinator UN Panel of Experts on Somalia & GCSP Global Fellow
Australia Assist Deployee – RedR Australia,
Rotary Peace Fellow
How do humanitarians build trust and sustain peace? Three humanitarian experts give their advice from crises around the world.
In times of crisis or disaster, coordinated humanitarian action is crucial to an effective response. But, with so many actors and individual agendas at play, how do you rapidly build trust across different levels of influence to ensure people receive the help they need quickly, efficiently and inclusively.
Dr Jonathan Kolieb
Peace and Conflict Lead
Business and Human Rights Centre, RMIT University
Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network Australia
Legal Director, Human Rights Law Centre
Associate Professor Shelley Marshall
Director, RMIT Business and Human Rights Centre
Head of Business & Human Rights, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
From the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide chemical leak that killed thousands, to Rio Tinto’s 2020 destruction of Juukan Gorge, major abuses of human rights in the past few decades have prompted renewed attention and regulation of companies’ viz-a-vis human rights – the basic freedoms and protections that belong to all of us.
Should a company respect human rights? What should the consequences be if a company fails to uphold the human rights of their employees or the communities in which they operate?
This panel will explore the roles and responsibilities of business in the realisation of human rights, and how companies are being held accountable (or not) for their human rights record. Importantly, this session will also include discussion on what we can do to encourage greater corporate respect for human rights.
Dr Tania Miletic
Assistant Director, Centre for Peacebuilding, Melbourne University
Migration & Community Resilience Researcher
Main Representative of Rotary International to the UN in Geneva
CEO, Lecturer, Trainer & Coach
Holocaust & genocide scholar,
Educator, Rotary Peace Fellow
Assoc Prof Morgan Briggs
Director Rotary Program, Indigenous Engagement,
University of Queensland
This session will provide context and direction for you to be authentically involved in peacebuilding – as clubs and as individuals. You will be presented with an overview of peacebuilding theory, the ways that initiatives seek to transform drivers of conflict from respected practitioners in this field. This will be complemented with examples from panelists involved in initiatives to connect Rotarians with peace efforts globally underway through the Rotary Peace Fellow Alumni Association. This practically-oriented session will prompt you to self-reflect on what you might best be able to bring to the pursuit of peace, and provide you with guidance on how to connect with professionals in this space and seek out initiatives to support.
“How do we reverse the Doomsday Clock?”
Journalist and Broadcaster
Past President of Rotary International
Executive Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.
Former politician & Academic
Founder, Institute for Economics and Peace