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Australia


Peace Research Centre Closed as a Result of Budget Cuts

The periodical Pacific Research will cease publication next year, and the Peace Research Centre will be closed on 30 June 1997. These are the dramatic measures which the centre has been forced to take following the decision of the Australian government to suspend its funding until further notice. The last issue of Pacific Research will appear in November 1996.

Anyone wishing to protest at the Australian government's decision should write to the Australian foreign minister, Alexander Downer, at the address given below. The government might conceivably change its mind if made aware of the international reputation of the centre and its work.

Contacts: Carol Taylor, Centre Administrator, Peace Research Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia, Tel.: +61 (6) 249 30 98, Fax: +61 (6) 249 01 74, e-mail: peace@coombs.anu.edu.au.

_Mr Alexander Downer, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia.

Oodgeroo Unit

The Oodgeroo Unit at the Queensland University of Technology is the centre of QUT's activities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, studies, and research. The unit was established in 1991 with the aim of developing better access to university education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and, above all, of helping these groups complete such education successfully. Since its foundation, more than 250 indigenous students have graduated from QUT.

The unit also promotes cultural awareness and social justice for Australia's indigenous peoples within the university. With this end in view, it maintains offices on each of QUT's major campuses, providing individual support and care for indigenous students at every level.

The unit's international interests include: (1) the maintenance of a world-wide network with other indigenous education units; (2) promoting indigenous studies; (3) active promotion of international social justice and the rights of indigenous peoples.

The unit is named after Oodgeroo (1920-93), a member of the Noonuccal tribe who was born on Stradbroke Island, Queensland. Oodgeroo was a creative artist of international standing whose influence has permeated many aspects of Australian life, particularly through her art and her commitment to the maintenance of Aboriginal culture and the education of her fellow people.

Contact: Oodgeroo Unit, Locked Bag No. 2, Red Hill PO, Red Hill 4059, Australia, Tel.: +61 (7) 3864 3610, Fax: +61 (7) 3864 3982, e-mail: I.spencer@qut.edu.au.


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