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Peacebus captain, Graeme Dunstan, is presently in Cairns. On Sunday 3 August he oragnised a commemoration of the cenetenary eve of the beginning of WW1. 4 August also marked the eve of the Australian government's $300 mill, 4 year propaganda campaign to militarise Australian history and culture and to normalise war. Report here. Media statement Lamenting the Militarisation of our History and Culture.

Peacebus journeys for justice, protests for peace and speaks out for a sustaining Earth.

Long time social activist and cultural entrepreneur, Graeme Dunstan, is its captain; the East coast of Australia, its migratory zone.

After a long career as an event organiser Graeme, at 72, is an old age pensioner and just keeps at it as a skilful means of engaging his Vajrayana Buddhist practice in suffering of the world.

He lives in a van, a kind of mobile mediatation hut, and travels about with horn speakers, work tables and bamboo poles on the roof racks, flags and banners plus prop making tools under his bunk, laptop and WiFi.

Best he can, he organises events. But he likes best to help out at other people's events by supplying a bit of colour and presence. For him occupation of public place is a daring, peace and justice, artform.

This way he gets to meet the appalled and the passionate, the movers and the shakers, the saints and the prophets of the times.


Graeme helped put out flags and banners for the NAIDOC Parade in Rockhampton, Queensland., on 11 July 2014. The flags were made up wotking with Darumbil reens in the weeks before.

This year's NAIDOC theme is "Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond" and it honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country - from warriors in the Frontier Wars to the warriors who have served with honour and pride in Australia's military conflicts and engagements across the globe.

But on the day, the Frontier Wars got no official mention and NAIDOC became an alternative Anzac Day in which Aboriginal soldiers who had engaged in the Vietnam War and other wars of white imperialism were remembered and honoured. The militarisation of NAIDOC.

But Parade orgsaniser, Krisitina Hatfield had requested that Graeme's Frontier Wars March banners be included in the Parade and after one of them was rigged as a backdrop for the stage. Back lit by the sun, the message glimmered as the Last Post was played and an Aboriginal dancer died. Ancestor spirits grinning.



4 July and Independence from the USA Day was celebrated by Graeme and friends, Chris Hooper and Chris Coulter, at the gates of Rockhampton's Western Street Barracks, the supply base for military exercises at Shoalwater Bay. Media here.

Just three of us plus media crews. When we arrived to set up, the gates were at once locked and the gatekeeper together with all other base personell hid from view. Likewise the cops. Even our police liaison parked her unmarked car around the corner and out of sight. So there we were protesting militarism with a PA and a vivid bunch of banners, unopposed. The military in retreat.

'Twas timely because the Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester, was in town the day before pushing for an upgrade of facilities and more military exercises there. Rockhampton Morning Bulletin report here.


At the behest of the local Darumbal NAIDOC organiser, Kristina Hatfield, Graeme helped to make up a bunch of Murri and Islander flags for the Rockhampton NAIDOC Parade 11 June working with teenagers of the Hatfield clan, sharing techniques.

That's the lovely Krissie under his arm and that's Jackie Mackay of ABC Capricornia Breakfast interviewing at a prepublicity media event which they organised.



Peacebus captain, Graeme spent to days in Nimbin during May catching up with Aquarian friends. He was planning to be present at the nearby Bentley CSG Blockade on 19 May when some 800 NSW police were to be marshalled to bust it. Didn't happen! The cops decided the task was too difficult and risky and the government decided to suspend the gas miner's license. Corporately corrupt government meets the rock of community resistance. On this fulcrum big changes will turn.

Above is the signage my daughter had designed for Peacebus but which was never displayed. Turned out to be inappropriate for the "gently Bentley" vibe. Check out this eloquent closure statement from local eco counsellor, Ruth Rosenhek.

The victory was in particular a victory and an affirmation for the old hippies who had laboured long through many campaigns to build this level of engagement and skill in community resistance in the Northern Rivers. Here are two of us, Paul Jospeh and I, original Aquarians in the Camp Liberty carpark on Sunday 18 April 2014. Stoned again.

Graeme spent most of March and all of April in Canberra organsing for the Canberra Peace Convergence 21-26 April 2014. FaceBook group here. Downloadable flyer here.

Above is a group photo from the assembly for the last event of the Convergence, the "Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars" Anzac Day March at the Australian War Memorial on 25 April. Great Peace Convergence and great culimation. Here Graeme's report. Here is Jasmine Pilbrow's account. Here that of Jim Dowling.

March in March, 15-21 March 2014 was an amazing anti PM Abbott social media protest phenomena and Peacebus was there to help out at MiM rallies in Wollongong (Stuart Park to the Lighthouse) and in Canberra (Old Parliament House to new Parliament House). About 2000 at each though the crowds soon dispersed after the speaking began. Above pic of Amelia, MiM organiser in the 'Gong, a total newbie to protest organising, at the Peacebus mike. At the Lighthouse organiser Nat, used it to lead the crowd in a wonderful impromptu rap or protest slogans. Great spirit. The Abbott government is doomed.


Graeme got the the date wrong and did his annual GDAMS SpeakOut @ Defence HQ, Canberra, a month early. All done at short noticed and in a mood of outrage that PM Abbott had given the greenlight to RAAF acquisition of the Lockheed Martin F35, the most expensive ever Oz armament procurement. He was happy to spruik alone and more than happy when four witnesses turned up, three of whom seized the opportunity of the open mike. Defence HQ is a great soundscape and our street oratory gets better and better. Consider it a dress rehearsal for 14 April. False alarm media here.


Graeme had encounter with the demonic at the Sacred Fire at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, on 22 January 2014. He had arrived there to install some art - 900 mm high letters which spelled out S O V E R E I G N T Y - for the Invasion Day celebrations 26 Jan. These he had made up with the help of Newtown friend, Bob Cooney. They are dedicated to the memory of the former matriarch of the Embassy, the late Auntie Isabel Coe. Photo above is of Jenny Munro, Isabel's sister, with the signage on the Block in Redfern on 21 December.

Intervening in an attack on a German tourist at the Sacred Fire, he became the object of an attack by a man claiming to be the Keeper of the Fire and his Bull Mastiff cross. He suffered extensive lacerations to forearms, left calf and scalp. Here the police news report.

Lots of stitches, staples, an ocean condolences and seven days in hospital followed. Although he was unable to participate in the Invasion Day commemorations personally, friends installed the art about the Sacred Fire and there it is much appreciated. The crazy Keeper has been charged with assault and actual bodily harm and moved on. True friendships have been deepened.


On 28 December Graeme was in Melbourne and part of the Holy Innocents Procession organised by the Reverend Simon Moyle of the GraceTree Community in Coburg.

Holy Innocents alludes to the babies slaughtered by tyrant King Herod and the flight of Mary, Joseph and the new born Jesus as refugees. Our Procession remembered, lamented and vowed to resist the deaths of today's innocents killed in war and persecuted as refugees. We assembled at Victoria Barracks, paraded along St Kilda Road to Federation Square and then back to the Shrine of Remembrance where we attempted to lay a wreath and pray. Here is Simon Moyle's report.


Graeme collaborated with Dr Joe Toscano to produce the Reclaim the Radical Tradition of the Eureka rebellion celebrations in Ballarat on 3 December 2013. Above is the effigy of Maurice Newman, chair of PM Abbott's Business Advisory Council, which burned at dawn at the Eureka Stockade Memorial. Report here. Media here. Other photos by Takver here.

The Good Weekend, the colour supplement of the Fairfax newspapers published 23-4 November, carried a report on the Rockhampton Ploughshare Trial, written by Jackie Dent and titled War on Trial. The first national print media the resistance to the Talisman Sabre war rehearsals has ever had, Graeme is pleased with the report particulary because it describes and quotes from other faith based peace activists. Above the mugshot from the piece by photographer James Brickwood.


On 1 November he was present outside the Supreme Court of NSW standing, along with about 25 others, in solidarity with environmental activist, Jonathan Moylan. whoplead not guilty to a charge of disseminating false material likely to induce people in Australia to dispose of Whitehaven Coal shares. Good on him. To further support the campaign, Graeme has painted up a #standwithjono banner to the above design.

Graeme supported a Hands Off Syria rally in Martin Place on Sunday 13 October. Small, feisty, Assad government approved and done to support my anti-war friends Marlene Obeid and Tim Anderson. Here a YouTube,

He participated the Swan Island Peace Convergence blockade at the barrack gates of 4 Squadron Special Air Service at Queenscliff 22-26 September. Bearing witness to the crimes committed in our name and with our taxes by this cult of assassins. Above the moment when the gate was opened and 15 activist invaded the base. See report.

On Thursday 23 August Graeme was found guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to a charge of wilful damage to Commonwealth property arising from Bryan Law's Tiger Ploughshare action of 21 July 2011. Graeme had defended himself with the intent of putting on trial the Tiger Armed Reconnisance Helicopter and the wars it was designed to serve. Above a pic of the legal support team: the Reverent Simon Moyle (left) and his MacKenzie friend in court, Sean O'Reilly (right).

Part of the Peace Convergence 2011 resistance to the 2011 Talisman Sabre US-led war games, here are two YouTube videos edited by Bryan from police evidence: one of the action and the other of Graeme's subsequent interview by Rockhampton CIB . They were both played in the course of the trial, the latter twice.

Bryan died 26 March. Here Graeme's tribute to Bryan Law. Here his eulogies.

Here reflections of the trial by Sean O'Reilly. Here a statement to the court drafted by Graeme. Here the FaceBook event page for the Tiger Ploughshare trial. Meanwhile here the trial website. Here media. Here the downloadable flyer (4.6 Mb)

Above the photo Graeme took of his Peace Pilgrim companion, Greg Rolles, blockading a convoy of 14 US Marine Humvees inside the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area on 24 July 2013. Report here. Media here.

Also check out the reports on the Peace Convergence 2013 website. There is also a FaceBook page here: and also the media for Camp Peace Pilgrim

As part of a campaign to raise national awareness of the cost of the US military alliance and its wars in the lead up to Talisman Saber 2103, Graeme and and friends organised a 16 day, four city (Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane-Rockhampton) tour of Vince Emanuele, former US Marine and two tour veteran of the Iraq war, now an organiser for Veterans for Peace in Chicago and National Board member for IVAW.

Here a collation of his public addresses,Tv and radio interviews. Above Vince poses on Bryan Law's PeaceTrike outside the Talisman Saber Military Open Day at Rockhampton Showground 14 July. For Graeme the high point of the Talisman Saber 2013 resistance was Vince's address through the wire to the troops at Western Street Barracks, Rockhampton, on 15 July.

For 4 July and as part of the build for Talisman Saber 2013 resistance, Graeme organised an Independence from America Day celebration at the gates of Western Barracks inRockhampton, the TS13 supply base. Here a report.

Photo courtesy Chris Ison, Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

Well known for his past organising, Graeme was well received by local media and local cops when he arrived in Rockhampton. The above pic from a photostory in Rockhampton Morning Bulletin 15 June.

On 1 June 2013 in Queens Mall, Brisbane, Graeme supported the solidarity rally for Bradley Manning in ,. A beautiful event with about 50 people participating. Pix above show Willy Bach of Stand Fast spruiking and the amazing Murray Gay on double base playing a fugue over Amy Goodman's War and Peace Report on Collateral Murder. And here is Andy Paine singing The Ballade of Bradley Manning.


12 - 22 May 2013 Graeme celebrated the 40th anniversary of the transformative Nimbin Aquarius Festival for which he was director. Photo above shows him beside Johnny Allen, his dear friend and co director, being honoured as Aquarian elders.

The commemoration comprised reunions of old friends, viewiings of recently shot or recovered original video footage, splendid concerts, a 2 day conference on the legacies of Aquarius hosted by Southern Cross University, and a wonderful Masquerade Ball. The many linked, open FaceBook page My Aquarius Story tells the story. Here is Graeme's gratitude as expressed on line in EchoNet.

On 24 April 2013 he helped organise the 3rd annual Anzac eve Peace Vigil and the Anzac Day Remember the Frontier Wars March. Here a lovely vimeo of the first recorded and edited by Ellie Gilbert. Here one of the 2013 Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars Anzac March.

For the Global Day of Action on Military Spending on 15 April, Graeme organised a Peacebus SpeakOut @ Defence HQ , Russell. Supported by Quaker friends from Silver Wattle Quaker Centre, it was a classic Quaker witness action and very powerful. See media. See report.


On 19 March Graeme supported two separate events which remembered the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the arrogance of the politicians who ignored the will of the people, and the disaster that followed. One was a lamentation by Canberra's Chorus of Women singing in the foyer of the Parliament. The other was a lantern vigil by the Lake that evening. Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry.

While in Sydney Graeme met up with Vince Emmanuele a Chicago organiser for the IVAW. Building bridges for future exchanges with war resisting vets from US.

For the past 4 years Peacebus has been supporting the call for justice for the Hickey family, their 16 yr old son TJ killed by police chase in 2004. Nine years on the rally on 14 February 2013 was smaller in number but feisty in its march to the Parliament. Here an album of pix.

On Sunday 10 Feb 2012 Peacebus supported the Hands Off Syria! rally which assembled at Sydney Town Hall and marched to the US Consulate in Martin Place. Peacebus helped with PA and signage for the feisty crowd of maybe 500 pro Assad all vocal in contesting the US/Nato lies. This the only Sydney protest against the Israeli bombing of Syria and whitie lefties few on the ground. Tim Anderson was a principle organiser and he much respected by the Sydney Syrian community for his research and commentaries on the US proxy war on Syria. Peacebus honoured to name him as a friend. YouTube here.

Graeme likes to begin his activist year at the sacred fire of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra celebrating Sovereignty Day on 26 January. Compared to previous year, the 40th anniversary of its founding, when an accidental protest ambushed PM Gillard and gave the sovereignty movement international publicity, it was a small and quiet event. Flags at half mast and a memorial service was held for the late Auntie Isobel Coe, former Embassy matriarch who died 10 November. Michael Anderson and Les Maezler convened a meeting of Sovereign Union there but apart from agenda setting, little progress on the sovereignty issue was made.

Over Christmas 2012 Graeme took in refuge in a mate's shed on a bush block near Linton (40km west of Ballarat) Victoria where he was been very productive painting new banners and making stuff. Included was a banner for Holy Innocents Peace Procession 2012, from Victoria Barracks to Federation Square and back, 28 December. Organised by GraceTree Community, Coburg. Here media. Here a report.

On 10 December 2012 Graeme supported another occupation organised by the good folk of WACA, WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance, this time the occupation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Melbourne. A dozen people occupoed the foyer while another 4 spruiked outside. Again police made no arrests and made no move to carry protesters out. Report and pix here.


He enjoyed commemorating the 158th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion in Ballarat on 3 December. Been at it for 14 years and reckons this the best yet. Media here.. Included was the burning of an effigy of Major General Michael Krause AM, door opener for the Marines in Darwin. Report here. Takver's pix here.

On 26 November 2012 Graeme supported an occupation of the US Consulate building at 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, by the good folk of WACA, WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance. Some six people dressed in orange coveralls desported themselves on the floor of the foyer while another six paraded outside the building. Police made no arrests and were in no hurry to carry protesters out. The Peacebus PA proved effective and the action was well received by passing motorists and pedestrians. Report and pix here.

So appalled was he by the Israeli attack on Gaza that Graeme painted up a brace of Palestinian flags to array in support of the Gaza rally which took place in Melbourne Friday 23 November. Some 500 people turned out for it and it was a feisty crowd. Great speeches. Great spirit. Here pix.

On 6 November 2012 supported the Melbourne Cup Day Welcome the Refugees Picnic and BBQ outside the Maribrynong Detention Centre. It was a day of goodwill and good companionship. Solidarity made tangible. How despicable by contrast the Gillard government, which goes about punishing the poor people fleeing the wars the US military, with our help, is wagingin their homelands.

Graeme participated in the Swan Island Peace Convergence 24 - 27 September. Big success! For two days we (25 adults and about 12 kids) blockaded the gates of the Swan Island SAS/ASIS base. A triumph for non violent direct action. No arrests! See YouTubes here. Story by Simon Moyle here.

And here are Graeme's worries about the Special Air Services Regiment, which has evolved during 11 years of war in Afghanistan into a terrorist force which operates globally and beyond any accounting to the Australian people or their Parliament, taking its orders directly from US Joint Special Forces Command. Of all the evil fruit to come from that war, says Graeme, this is the most pernicious.

For two months, July through August 2012, Graeme was in Darwin, on the ground and agitating against the establishment of a US Marine base there as part of what he called a Peacebus Mission to Darwin. Apart from actions of witness with occupations of public place with banner rigs, his 'prophetic voice' got heard via a series of letters published in the NT News. Here is an index of Mission to Darwin blogs. While trekking south he wrote a Postcard from Darwin which was published by the Washington based, Institute of Policy Studies.

Graeme's stay in Darwin coincided with Operation Pitch Black, the biennial air war games that this time around involved 94 war planes from the US and its Pacific allies and vassals. Preparing for war with China. The all hours jet noise of take offs and landings at RAAF base Darwin was oppressive and a warning of worse to come with the US Marine base build up. Outrage!

On 12 July Graeme framed with flags the MUA rally at Stokes Hill Wharf which announced the MUA's opposition to the federal Government proposal to make Muckaty a nuke waste dump and Darwin a nuke waste port. Sydney Morning Herald report.

His first "Base Watch" action was a colloboration with Darwin's Base Watch: a celebration of Independence from the USA Day with a Speak Out at the gates of Robertson Barracks on 4 July. Above Base Watch organiser, Justin Tutty, spruiks. Media statement here. YouTube here. Report here.

Graeme was chanting "Ja Madekka!" ("Yes! Freedom!") with a small group rallying in solidarity with the West Papuans independence movement when the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono came to Darwin and met with PM Gillard on 2 July. Above is our assembly outside the NT Parliament. We later moved to Mitchell Street and as near as the cops would allow to the Crown Hotel. To get the West Papauan flags noticed. 14 years jail for flying this flag in West Papua.

Graeme supported a small rally of anguish by local indigenous leaders outside the Northen Territory Parliament on the fifth anniversary of the NT Territory Intervention and its imminent renewal and repacking by the mining industry owned Gillard government as Stronger Futures. The biggest land grab since the Durack family arrived in the Territory in 1860s. That figure 42,824 is how many people signed a petition for its revoking. Ignored of course. Anger, despair and powerlessness was the message. "what more do we have to do to be heard?" was the plaintive cry.

Graeme announced his arrival in Darwin on 12 June by going to the gates of Robertson Barracks. Next evening he joined up with a local anti-nuke activist and ambushed an ALP fund raiser at which the federal Minister for Education and uranium mining turn coat, Peter Garrett, was guest speaker. Report here.

The Peacebus Mission to Darwin was launched at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville, Queensland on 5 June. Above the Townsville Morning Bulletin report. Here the media statement for the event. Here Graeme's report. Here a response in the Marine Corps Times.

Peacebus captain, Graeme Dunstan, is presently in Townsville, Queensland. On Thursday 31 May he supported a rally in support of Julian Assange outside the electoral office of Ewan Jones, Member for Herbert (Liberal). Notices on Facebook and IndyMedia attracted 16 concerned citizens Plus WIN Tv and ABC Radio North Qld. Here the report with audio and pix. Also Magnetic Times report.

Graeme was head down in Townsville for over a week 27 May - 3 June 2012, painting a new Peacebus mural in preparation for the launch of the Peacebus Mission to Darwin. Above the design courtesy Softly Dunstan of Mighty Nice.

Along with his faith based peace activist mate, Bryan Law of Cairns Peace by Peace he appeared in Rockhampton court on 10 May. Together they seized the opporunity for a Speak Out against military spending and the war on Afghan people and were received by the local media as visiting celebrities. See Morning Bulletin 10 May (above), Morning Bulletin 11 May 2012 and the AAP story.


Photos above courtesy Thorsten Jones

Graeme was in Nimbin for the annual Mardi Grass last 4 - 6 May, the 20th anniversary. Big crowd and beautiful weather. The cops low key and the promise of an occuption of the Police Station unfulfilled. Many welcoming hugs for Graeme and he got to help marshal the Parade without challenge. Echo Net Daily report.

He participated the Putting an End to War 2012 convocation at the Silver Wattle Quaker Centre. On 26 April he was part of an action by faith-based peace witnesses there assembled, to deliver a letter to the base commander of HQ Joint Operations Command demanding the Australian military quit Afghanistan. Here is a podcast of a program broadcast by Adrian Glamorgan on WA community radio RTR.Fm based on interviews recorded there. Photos here.

On 25 April 2012 Peacebus supported Michael Anderson and the second annual Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars March which he led at the tail end of the Canberra Anzac Day March. The valiant few and magnificent. An idea whose aim has come, spectators applauded warmly. Above the massacre naming placards carried. Here report in NZ Herald.

Graeme was lantern master for the second annual Anzac eve Peace Vigil at the Australian War Memorial 24 April. See vimeo of the first one here. A deeply moving beautiful event, visually and aurally. Report and photos to be posted.


Graeme's contribution to the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, 17 April 2012, was a Speak Out under the 'rabbits ears' at Defence HQ in Canberra. Media here. Report here.


On 17 February Graeme attended a public forum at UTS called in support of Julian Assange by the Support Assange & WikiLeaks Coalition. Chaired by Mary Kostakidis, speakers included historian Humphrey McQueen, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Julian's mother, Christine Assange, and his lawyer, the lovely Jennifer Robinson.

The crowd of maybe 400 overflowed the venue. The Forum was also live cast to internet and twittered. Green Left Weekly report here. The support of Greens Senators Scott Ludlam and Lee Rhiannon (also present) was loudly affirmed. By contrast the pusillanimous attitude of the Gillard government drew contempt. Out of touch and marching to the beat of the US war drum, doomed it is and good riddance.

The above stencil art by I Skirka was found in foyer. Julian Assange as the Valentine of the people!


Graeme put out flags and provided PA for the 14 February 2012 8th anniversary of the police killing of 16 year old Redfern boy, TJ Hickey.

A hundred strong with lots of media and lots of bad feeling towards the cops who, when not verbally abused, were snubbed. Voices raised in grief and anger. The Hickey family are supported in their grief and their demand for justice by the inner city left; anarchists bearing "Fuck the Police" banners, dodged objecting cops. See Green Left Weekly report here. Photo above posted to Twitter by Rachel Evans. Peacebus signage design courtesy Softly Dunstan, beloved daughter.


Graeme put out flags for the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the lawns of Old Parliament House 26-29 January. And along with his flag deploying comrade in arms, Benny Zable, dressed the Sovereignty Day march from ANU to the Tent Embassy via Parliament House. A vision splendid.

Beautiful camp, great spirit. A small side protest, the accidental ambush of the Prime Minister Gillard and side kick Opposition Leader Abbott, spooked security and the unbecoming Tv images of Gillard being dragged away went around Australia and around the world. Chance or a gift from the ancestors? Suddenly Aboriginal sovereignty was national news again and the Tent Embassy doing its magic in the way it did 40 years earlier. Pic above: the Sovereignty Day march Canberra 26 January courtesy Marie Jack.

On 7 January 2012 he supported the Occupy Wonthaggi Speakers Forum.


At dawn on 3 December 2011 Graeme celebrated the 157th anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion with the burning of an effigy of disgraced media baron Rupert Murdoch. See media. In support of Dr Joe Toscano and the Reclaim the Radical Tradition of the Eureka Rebellion project of the Anarchist Media Institute. A wondrous event. Report here. Takver pix here.


Above radical historian Humphrey McQueen speaks at the Occupy Capital Hill rally, outside Parliament House while US President Obama spruiks for war within, 17 November. Report here. Pip Hinman's YouTube slideshow here.

Based on the design he developed for the aborted Obama visit of 2009, Graeme made a small fleet of cardboard drones for this one. Here above the first unveilled sans tail fins 16 November 2011.

Graeme journeyed Canberra to Sydney in expectation he would be supporting the Re-Occupy Sydney rally of Saturday 5 November with PA and banner rigs. NSW Police of various kind conspired to frustrate this intention. Here the story.


Sonia Qadir speaking at Troops Out Rally 8 October in Sydney Town Hall Square, in the background the banner design courtesy of his daughter, Softly Price of Mighty Nice.

Peacebus.com captain, Graeme Dunstan, supported the "Troops out of Afghanistan/No more US wars" rally in Sydney, Saturday 8 October. He painted up the banner above and sewed up a set of peace flags for it using his daughter's designs and her shed. Ten years of war in Afghanistan. Only 50 people showed. No media. But it was an affirming and uplifting experience for those dedicated to peacemaking in these times none the less. Here Peter Boyle's photo album of the Rally. Graeme's report here Beautifully cut vimeo here.


He also made the above wreath for laying at the Sydney Cenotaph on behalf of Stand Fast. See media. In the end the RSL veto-ed the proposal and the wreath was carried in the parade and used to remember the dead outside the US Consulate in Martin Place. Here a YouTube of Graeme Speaking

On 9 September 2011 he attended and arrayed with banners for the Malalai Joya public meeting organised by the Sydney Stop the War Coalition in Marrickville Town Hall. Great feeling, standing ovation for this "not afraid to die" war resisting heroine.

About 400 people attended and $1000 was raised for Malalai to take back to Afghanistan. Best of all was the good feeling and cooperation amongst the various anti-war Left factions. This an affirmation that is renewed spirit in the movement to get Australian troops out of Afghanistan.


5-7 September Graeme journeyed to the Silver Wattle Quaker Centre near Bungendore NSW for a bit spiritual renewal and to hear the life stories and struggles of Radical Spirits who Turned the World Upside-Down as presented by peace activist Friend, Dale Hess. Above Helen Bayes, Silver Wattle director, and Ruth X.

A weekend retreat will take place at Silver Wattle 8-9 October to begin planning for the 2012 Anzac eve Peace Lantern Vigil which will take place at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Inquiries: Annie 02 6282 4943. And also to be discussed is an associated National Non Violence Action Gathering proposed for Silver Wattle, 23-27 April 2012.


He supported the Max Brenner boycott in Newtown on Saturday 20 July. About 60 people chanting outside the chocolate shop till it closed its doors. Poking a stick at the Zionist hornet's nest indeed, the campaign is sure drawing out the supporters of Israel, right or wrong. Hoorah for Bob Brown for refusing to be bought or intimidated.


During June and July he was in Rockhampton serving as convener of Peace Convergence 2011, the popular resistance the bienniel US-led war games (Exercise Talisman Sabre) at nearby Shoalwater Bay.



For his troubles he was arrested and charged as Bryan Law's accomplice in the ploughsharing a brand new, Oz army Tiger attack helicopter at Rockhampton air base, 21 July 2011. Here his Peace Convergence 2011 report. Hear Graeme's statement to the Rocky CIB, 22 July. Here a partial blog about life with Bryan @ Franz Jaegerstaetter House, 22 Buckle Street Rockhampton.

For Peace Convergence Graeme was based at Franz Jaegerstaetter House in Park Avenue, Brisbane and his first job there was to paint a new, Peace Convergence mural for Peacebus.com. On 9 June he unveilled the mural at an action at Western Street barracks, Rockhampton. Photo courtesy, Chris Ison, Morning Bulletin. The design courtesy of his daughter Softly Dunstan of Mighty Nice has designed. Here her hand at work.

On 14 May Peacebus.com supported the 2011 Northern Rivers Guardians' rally against Coal Seam Gas Mining in Murwillumbah, NSW, with flags and banners. A big turn out, two thousand people on the street and coming from all over, farmers and greenies in a new and very determined alliance. Here a prophecy: resistance to coal seam gas mining will redefine and re-Earth grassroots politcs in Australia. It will marginalise the ALP and give birth of something new, potent and responsive to the demands of the times.

On 1 May Peacebus.com was in Nimbin to help marshal the 2011 Nimbin Mardi Grass Parade. He put out flags and banners and also got back pack puppets dancing as Sea Shepherds. YouTube here.Pix above Jeff Dawson.

The crowd assembles on top of Mount Ainslie in Canberra on Anzac Day eve, 24 April 2011, for the inaugural Anzac eve Peace Lantern Vigil. Media here. Report coming. Here Terry Quins pix.

Probably the most significant outcome of the Anzac eve Lantern Vigil was the Anzac Day march led by Michael Anderson, one of the original founders of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, to commemorate the dead of the Frontier Wars. This year they were turned away but Anzac centenary coming and its only a matter of time ... Here a beautiful vimeo recorded and edited by Ellie Gilbert.

Dr Sue Wareham speaks at the Peacebus.com Defund the Military SpeakOut as part of the Global Day of Action on Military Expenditure at Blamey Square, Defence HQ, Russell, Canberra, 12 April with the "Bugs Bunny" Australian - American Memorial about 30 meters away and directly to the front of the speakers. Quaker Davis Johnson to the right, Women in Black to the left. Report coming. Media here

By way of promoting the Anzac eve Peace Lantern Vigil, Graeme organised the Speak Out above and also assisted in organising a wine and cheese talk at Manning Clark House with Dr Marilyn Lake and Dr Sue Wareham speaking on the theme, What's Wrong with Anzac?

On 14 February 2011 Peacebus.com supported the seventh annual memorial Rally and March for TJ Hickey, the 16 year old Aboriginal boy, who died of police pursuit in Redfern 2004. Killer cops and a big cover up. But the Hickey family and their supporters will not rest. This despite ongoing police harrassment of the family. Aided by the Peacebus.com PA the crowd chanted as they moved through the streets of Redfern to the Police Station: "Police say accident. We say murder."

Photo above, Egyptian-Australian and survivor of Terror War torture in the dungeons of the Murarak regime, Mamdouh Habib, watched by his devoted wife Maha, speaks to the Egyptian Revolution solidarity and victory celebration at Sydney Town Hall 12 February. Peacebus.com proud to be there with PA to give Mamdouh's truth amplification. Photo by Peter Boyle. Not everyday one celebrates a revolution. Check out the colour and the joy in Peter's Facebook album.

Outside the Canberra Magistrates Court on 7 February 2011 Peacebus.com supported Auntie Jude Kelly, elder in residence at the Tent Embassy in her call for justice for her son Luke, who was arrested on Commonwealth Bridge for refusing a police directive while bearing a Koori flag in the Sovereignty Day Peace Walk on 26 Jan. He was subsequently remanded in custody for breaching bail conditions. After four nights in jail he was released on 8 Feb when it was revealed in the court that there were no bail conditions.

Peacebus.com supported the Sovereignty Day celebrations at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on 25 and 26 December. Graeme put out the flags and lanterns in the photo above and got the letters S O V E R E I G N T Y erected.

Peacebus.com was in Melbourne to support the WikiLeaks solidarity action which assembled at the State Library 10 December 2010. A big and feisty protest against the London detention of Julian Assange who had had explicit condemnation by PM Julia Gillard. Julian Assange has sure hotted up the anti-war movement and opposition to the US Alliance. "In the Empire of Lies, truth is treason." Go WikiLeaks! See IndyMedia reports of national rallies. See Rap News performance.

On 3 December 2010 Peacebus.com commemorated the 156th anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion supporting the Anarchist Media Institute's Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion and burning an effigy of PM Gillard, Widow Maker, at dawn at the Eureka Stockade memorial.. See media. See report.

Peacebus.com was outside the Geelong Magistrates Court 29 November to support the Swan Island Nine. See media. See Indy media report. See Jessica Morrison's reflections.

Peacebus.com was at the gates of Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, on 8 November 2010, speaking out against the deals being struck with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates, for the occupation of Australian military bases by US forces. See media. See report.

Peacebus.com was at gates of Puckapunyal Army Base speaking out on 5 November 2010. See media. See report.

Peacebus.com conducted a Stand Fast Speak Out outside the Bandiana Army barracks at Wodonga, Victoria, Friday 29 October 2010. See media. See Prime Tv report. See Graeme's report.

WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam speaks to the media at the Peacebus.com organised Speak Out on the lawns of the Australian Parliament on the day the nine-year-too-late debate on the Afghan war began in the House of Representatives. See report. See media. Pip Hinman's report in Green Left Weekly.

Peacebus.com supported the Troops Out Rally at Sydney Town Hall, 8 October 2010, the ninth anniversary of the US led invasion of Afghanistan. Indeed Peacebus.com captain, Graeme Dunstan, was a speaker at it and he also painted a beautiful banner for it - design courtesy of his daughter, Softly Dunstan of Mighty Nice. Peter Boyle's pix. Rihab Charida's Press TV clip.

On 24 SeptemberGraeme the third in the campaign of Stand Fast Speak Outs, this time at the gates of Holsworthy Barracks. See media. See report.

He arrived in Sydney in turn to support a rally by the Sydney Refugee Action Coalition at the Villawood detention centre on 22 September.


Polite Force dealing outside the Nimbin Police Station during the Polite Peaceful Protest on Police Priorities, Saturday 11 September 2010.

In Nimbin on Saturday 9/11 he supported a protest organised by the Nimbin HEMP Embassy against the oppressive policing regime. As is the way with HEMP Embassy actions, it was a hoot. See Nimbin Wave illustrated report.

Photo: Anai Fien

He had come from Brisbane where he had organised a Stand Fast Speak Out against the Afghan War at the gates of Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, 9 September. See report in the Workers Bush Telegraph. More pix by Owain James. Pre-event media.

The first of the campaign of Stand Fast barrack gate Speak Out against the Afghan War took place outside the Lavarack Barracks in Townsville on 13 August. Here the media release and above the report in the Townsville Bulletin Saturday 14 August. Blog coming.

Graeme led a flag making project for NAIDOC Week in Rockhampton. Photo above from NAIDOC March in Rockie 9 July by Chris Ison of the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin. Report coming.

While there he made contact with peace activist friends there and did some plotting for resistance to the Talisman Sabre US-Oz war games at Shoalwater Bay next year.

On Saturday 19 June he was at the Jaggera Cultural Centre in Musgrave Park, West End, celebrating the 80 day Women's Peace Walk from Brisbane to Canberra. There he met Hamish Chitts, founder of Stand Fast, and with his assistance, changed the Peacebus.com mural.

Graeme came to Brisbane via The Dreaming where he found the Black History presentation by Land Rights activist, Gary Foley, inspired and inspiring. Above a photo and Gary and Graeme, first meeting in 30 years.

He had come from Rainbow Region and celebrating the 37th anniversary of the Nimbin Aquarius Festival which seeded so much counter cultural transformation in the district. He supported is Aquarian friend and fellow artful activist, Benny Zable, who was charged with trespass on Australia Day last. Photo above.

He came to Nimbin from a journey to Goodooga and a meeting with aboriginal elder, Michael Anderson, the last survivor of the founders of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra 1972, Australia's longest running protest. Michael was convenor of the New Way Summit on Aboriginal Rights which took place at ANU in Canberra 30 Jan to 1 February.

Michael was also one of the mob of young land rights activists who attended the 1973 Aquarius Festival in Nimbin. So it will be a meeting of Aquarian elders plotting a human rights/activist/ eldership gathering on his land there. Above Michael and Graeme with the flag that Graeme painted up based on the design of the flag flown at the founding of the Tent Embassy in 1972.

Above a flag raising at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy 28 April with elder in residence Auntie Jude Kelly, Shiralee Hood and Jude's two sons, Luke and Mica - an appropriate start for the Journey to Goodooga.

Graeme attended the Australian Quaker Centre on the shores of Lake George near Bungendore where he spent the Anzac Day weekend in retreat with a group of peace activist Christians interested in Putting an End to War. Such an affirmation for the heart and the spirit, he could not keep from singing!

There he did some plotting for peace; in particular some planning and cooridination for resistance to the 2011 US -Oz war games at Shoalwater Bay (known as Talisman Sabre) and a lantern presence at the next Anzac Day observance in Canberra. Viva the Anzac Peacemakers! Here an illustrated report.


Graeme was in Newcastle on 28 March for the fifth annual People's Flotilla Blockade of coal ship movement of Newcastle Harbour. The event was organised byRising Tide, the most active (in the sense of direct action) climate change resistance group in the land he helped out by rigging flags and banners in support. Maybe 300 people, lots of kayaks, lots of cops but no coal ships. Success! Everyday we stop coal exports is a day closer to stopping them forever.


He had come from Canberra where, on behalf of Stand Fast veteran's against against the wars, he had been preparing on an artful welcome for US President Obama, the Nobel Peace Laurette who promotes war. But Obama baled out.

Above the banner he painted up - design courtesy of his daughter, Softly Dunstan of Mighty Nice Studios, Sydney. And a prototype cardboard MQ-1 Predator Drone for the fleet he was planning to assemble. See On Making a Cardboard Drone.

Here the media for the aborted protest. Here the blog.

During December he was in and around Sydney helping organise amongst veterans resistance to the US wars on Iraq and Afghanistan. Based on three years at Duntroon 45 years ago he was "welcomed aboard" as a member/organiser of Stand Fast. He has been advocating a rally of veterans in Canberra on the Anzac Day weekend 2010.

He was witness to the climate change activism which manifested at the Helensburgh Climate Camp of 9-11 October 2009. See illustrated report.

During August he was in the Rainbow Region of NSW helping organise the resistance to the Repco Motor Rally through the Tweed Valley and beyond on 3-6 September. Success. See his report and also his blog of sorts.

Prime Minister Rudd came to Lismore on 24 August and the HEMP Embassy took the Big Joint to meet him. Peacebus.com was there in support of the Nimbin HEMP Embassy. See illustrated report.

Peacebus.com was a presence in Yeppoon-Rockhampton for the Peace Convergence and in resistance to the biennial US-Australian war games at Shoalwater Bay known as Operation Talisman-Sabre, 6 - 26 July.

He kept a blog of sorts. Anillustrated report is in the making.

Graeme Dunstan was Marshal of the 2009 Nimbin Mardi Grass Parade of Sunday 4 May. The Obama banner he painted up for it was designed by his "clever like a monkey" daughter Softly Dunstan and painted with the assistance of Mardi Grass volunteers, My Wiman, Raphael Bardin and Robin. Illustrated report.

As part of the Easter protests against the environmental destruction of the Barrick Gold mine at Lake Cowal near West Wyalong on 12 April 2009. See illustrated report. Peacebus.com blockaded the mine gate at shift change and Graeme later charged with obstruction.

Peacebus.com supported the fourth annual Peoples Blockade of Newcastle Harbour on 21 March 2009 with flags and banners. That day no coal ships left the Harbour, the biggest coal port in the world, because of our flotilla presence. Victory to the People! See Graeme's report Ending coal one day at a time.

Above is part of the Climate Action Summit crowd who circled the federal Parliament on 3 February, its first sitting for 2009. Peacebus.com was there.

Peacebus.com was also part of the Stop the Intervention Rally later that day and was in residence at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy 25 Jan to 5 February. See report. Below is Auntie Isobelle Coe at the sacred fire on the afternoon of 30 January.

Peacebus.com had travelled to Canberra from Wonthaggi in Victoria where he participated in protests against the building of a desalination plant near Wonthaggi. Another story of ALP-corporate corruption in these times, see report. Below a photo of the local activist on the jetty at San Remo, Victoria, 7 January 2009, in one of a series citizen initiated actions in resistance.

Before that Peacebus.com had assisted GM free protestersin an action outside the gates of Corio College in Geelong, Victoria, where Prime Minister Rudd and his Cabinet were meeting interested local citizens in a tightly controlled exercise in pretend democracy, 7 December 2008. See report.

Graeme had been invited to the two above protest actions by an activist whom he met at dawn on the 3 December 2008 at the Eureka memorial in Ballarat, Victoria amongst those who celebrated the 154th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion. There Graeme burned an effigy of Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Keelty, in protest at the white wash by the dud Rudd government for his Terror War excesses under the Howard regime. See report.

2008 was a busy year of protest for Peacebus.com. On Saturday 1 November he supported his Newcastle Rising Tide friends to mount a climate change action at the Bayswater Power Station near Muswellbrook. He painted up the banner for the action. See illustrated report.

And before that he was in the Blue Mountains making lanterns and deploying flags for the Festival of Joy at the Katoomba Community Gardens on Saturday 18 October. Have flags and lanterns, will travel.

Graeme gets around. In Corrimal, Wollongong. On Saturday 11 October, he supported a local citizen action to reclaim a small patch of escarpment rain forest from inappropriate development by the late father of ICAC declared-corrupt property developer, Frank Vellar.. Photos posted..

He addressed the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange (ECCO) on 24 September 2008 on the toxic consequences of cyanide leach gold mining. Orange citizens, already concerned about the overweening thirst of the Cadia gold mine, are faced with the prospects of another gold mine at near by Lucknow.

Graeme was outside Australian Federal Police headquarters in Canberra calling for the sacking of the Commissioner, Mick Keelty, on 19 September. Mick had been before the Clarke Inquiry into his Terror War policing under the former Terror War prime minister, John Howard. See report.

Graeme Dunstan under the banner he painted for the Newcastle Climate Camp rally 13 July 2008

Peacebus.com was an active contributor to the Climate Camp which took place in Newcastle 10-15 July. On Sunday 13 July a rally of 1000 people closed down the coal loader for 7 hours. Happy Wheels was stopped and searched by cops on two separate occasions. See Graeme's report

Graeme celebrated Independence from America Day in Byron Bay on 4 July with a small but feisty action. See 53 minute YouTube.

He celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Nimbin Aquarius Festival by convening an Honorable Elders camp under the Nimbin Rocks on 16-19 May. See illustrated report.

Graeme Dunstan at Honorable Elders Camp 19 May 2008

For the previous months of 2008 he has been on the road with Cyanide Watch, the direct action campaign to bear witness to the cyanide crimes of the gold mining industry and their suppliers.

In association with a video illustrated presentation on Zapista resistance in southern Mexico at The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW, on the evening of 11 April 2008, a Cyanide Watch action took place by the rail. See In Katoomba Cart Wheeling Cyanide Free.

There have also been Cyanide Watch actions outside the gates of the Barrick Gold mine at Lake Cowal, Easter Sunday 23 March and before that outside the Stawell Gold Mine in Stawell Victoria 19 March.

Here is a report of the Cyanide Watch was outside of Orica's HQ in Melbourne on Friday 29 February.

Peacebus.com began its 2008 actions by was assisting at the Sorry Day actions and celebration at the Tent Embassy on the days 9 through 13 February 2008.

Peacebus.com aims to contribute to the building of sustainable resistance to Earth destroying corporate greed. For insight, check out Peacebus.com praxis.

And in between actions of witness Graeme is a father and grandfather. Here above Iggy Bravo (5 years) and his brother Baxter Valentine Price (2 1/2 years) as superheros. And below his far away in Mexico grand daughter, Dixie Valentina Dunstan Valderrama, now 2 years old and presently visiting Oz.

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