Open Day: West Papua in Docklands

April 03rd 2016 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Smorgesbord of talk, song, video and delicious food West Papua is on the move, please join us for the first Open Day for 2016 at our Docklands office. It promises to be spectacular, graced with: two former ADF officers: Major Barbara


December 06th 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On 6 December 2015, a host of Melbourne poets assembled in the ACU Art Gallery for West Papua, including Di Cousens, Randall Stephens, Lana Woolf, Sheree Stewart, Kylie Supski, Izzy Brown, Sixta Kareni, Harley Hefford, Robbie Smith. Audio-recordings of five

‘A Dowry for the Sultan’ by Lance Collins: Bishop Hilton Deakin launches new historical novel at West Papua Rent Collective Christmas Party

December 13th 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CHRISTMAS PARTY West Papua Rent Collective ACU ART GALLERY 26 Brunswick St Fitzroy Sunday 13 December 2015 : 1-4pm ‘This book is riveting. There’s pathos, there’s heroism, there’s the victory of good over evil, all the sorts of things that

MT CARSTENSZ (NEMANGKAWI) FORUM: social and environmental impacts wrought by foreign exploitation of natural resources in Mt Carstensz and the highlands communities of West Papua (audio recordings, transcripts, images)

December 12th 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“Why did Amungme elders put border markers all the way around the Ertzberg mountain of ore in 1967 during the exploration phase? Because that was a sacred area. Indonesian law considers the deep jungle to be empty, to have no

Author Bruce Pascoe: on West Papua and his Ruby-eyed Coucal

December 05th 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

IN CONVERSATION WITH BRUCE PASCOE ABOUT WEST PAPUA AND HIS POLITICAL THRILLER ‘RUBY-EYED COUCAL’ ACU Art Gallery 26 Brunswick St, Fitzroy Saturday 5 December 2015 : 22-4pm During the Sampari Art Exhibition for West Papua (ACU Art Gallery, 4-13 December),

OPENING: Sampari Art Exhibition & Sale for West Papua

December 04th 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A rich array of art and artforms, opening at the ACU ART GALLERY, 26 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (Melbourne) at 6pm on Friday 4 December 2015 BABUAN MIRINO, Convener, FRWP Womens Office DR PENELOPE TROTTER, ACU lecturer, Fine Arts feature writer,

Welsh artist enters wire-portraits of West Papuan political prisoners in Sampari Art Exhibition

December 04th 2015

A WELSH ARTIST, BRONWEN BENDER, has entered four spectacular wire-portraits of West Papuan political prisoners in the Sampari Art Exhibition for West Papua, which opens in the Australian Catholic University Gallery in Fitzroy (Melbourne) on 4 December 2015. Bender illuminates

SAMPARI: West Papua Art Exhibition & Sale

December 03rd 2015 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

The Women’s Office of the Federal Republic of West Papua invites Visual, Media, Sculpture, and Craft Artists to apply to have their work exhibited at the Australian Catholic University Gallery in Fitzroy (Victoria) from 4th- 13th December 2015. The exhibition

St Luke’s Uniting Church, Mt Waverley: Giving thanks for West Papua’s success at the Melanesian Spearhead Group and Pacific Islands Forum

September 20th 2015 9:30 am

At the 9.30am service on Sunday 20 September 2015, the Congregation of St Luke’s Uniting Church, led by Rev. James Douglas, is prayerfully reflecting on West Papua’s recent success with the Melanesian Spearhead Group in Honiara (Solomon Islands) and the

Lance Collins helping West Papuans celebrate joining Melanesian Spearhead Group: Sunday 13 Sept 2015 : 12-3pm

September 13th 2015 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

LUNCH  DAPUR SAMPARI cooking Papuan Vegetarian GUEST SPEAKER  LANCE COLLINS Great powers, history and the fate of small nations POWERPOINT REPORT  LOUISE BYRNE West Papua wins international diplomatic status in Melanesian Spearhead Group SKYPE REPORT  JACOB RUMBIAK, Minister for Foreign

West Papua Women: Activism & Resistance, Sunday 23 August 2015: 2-4pm

August 23rd 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

WEST PAPUA WOMEN: ACTIVISM & RESISTANCE, SUNDAY 23 AUGUST 2015: 2-4pm West Papuan women are the silent backbone of West Papua’s historic struggle for freedom and self-determination, and this seminar is an effort to match some of their faces with

West Papua and International Law, Sunday 26 July : 2-4pm, DFAIT Office, Federal Republic of West Papua, Docklands

July 26th 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

WEST PAPUA AND THE INTERNATIONAL LAW: WHERE TO NOW WE’RE A MEMBER OF THE MELANESIAN SPEARHEAD GROUP? Open Day, West Papua Rent Collective SUNDAY 26 JULY 2015: 2-4pm DFAIT (Federal Republic of West Papua) Suite 211, 838 Collins St, Docklands

Praying for the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne: Monday 15 June 2015

June 15th 2015 5:30 pm

PRAYING FOR THE MELANESIAN SPEARHEAD GROUP (MSG) ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, MELBOURNE MONDAY 15 JUNE 2015:5pm Three days before the Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit in Honiara (Solomon Islands), the Revd Heather Patacca is leading prayers at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne. 

Candle Light Vigil for West Papua’s entre into the Melanesian Spearhead Group, City Square, Melbourne, Friday 5 June 2015

June 05th 2015 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Women’s Office of the Federal Republic of West Papua is hosting a Candle Light Vigil in City Square, Melbourne, on Friday 5 June 2015 (5.30-7.30pm). The ceremony is one of a suite of efforts by communities around the world to encourage the prime ministers of Papua New Guinea and Fiji to accept West Papua’s application to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).

The MSG is an intergovernment body comprised of PNG, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and the Kanaky (New Caledonia) independence movement. West Papua’s application was prepared by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), and lodged with the MSG Secretariat by the Vanuatu Government on 4 February 2015.

The ULMWP was elected to prepare the application by West Papuan leaders during the Reconciliation and Unity Summit for West Papuan Leaders in Port Vila in December 2014. The Summit was inspired by the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (South Korea, 2013), supported by Gereja Kristen Injili (the most influential church in West Papua), sponsored by the Vanuatu Government, and moderated by the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs, Vanuatu Christian Council, and Pacific Conference of Churches.

Rather than embrace West Papua’s application, PNG Prime Minister O’Neill and Fiji Prime Minister Bainimarama have pledged their nations’ support for an Indonesian-government application whereby a delegation of five Indonesian-state governors would become an Associate Member of the MSG.

O’Neill said his arrangement with Indonesian president Widodo was designed ‘to ensure peace, stability, and development for Melanesian people in Papua and West Papua’. Within days of the announcement, Indonesian police arrested seventy West Papuans participating in a peace rally in Manokwari, their use of tear gas forcing a school of kindergarden kids into hospital with breathing problems.

Australian trade unions sign deal with Federal Republic of West Papua: Trades Hall

May 15th 2015 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

FRUIT OF THE VINE: a comprehensive deal between the Australian trade union movement and the Federal Republic of West Papua. On Friday 15 May 2015, the Australian Trade Union movement signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Republic

DFAIT celebrates first birthday, Sunday 3 May 2015

May 03rd 2015

Friends of the Federal Republic of West Papua (FRWP) will gather at the DFAIT Office in Docklands on Sunday 3 May to celebrate twelve months of hard work and significant achievement. Two events will mark this special day.

Catholic Bishop Hilton Deakin, widely recognised for his support of East Timor’s liberation, will review Dr Greg Poulgrain’s ground-breaking research The Incubus of Intervention: conflicting Indonesian strategies of JF Kennedy and Allen Dulles. Dr Poulgrain is also the author of The Genesis of Konfrontasi: Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia 1945 -1965, and lectures in Indonesian history at the University of the Sunshine Coast. His ‘incubus of intervention’, published in Malaysia in January 2015, casts even more shadows over Indonesia’s notorious acquisition of West Papua in 1962.

Richard Muggleton is showing and talking about his photographs of the equatorial glacier in West Papua (near the Freeport mine) for the first time. Mr Muggleton was the photographer for two teams of Australian scientists studying the retreat of the glacier in 1971 and 1973.

Friends and supporters, especially the West Papua Rent Collective, are urged to come and bear witness to the significant shifts in West Papua’s political milieu since the office opened twelve months ago. Office management will be happy to accept birthday presents in the form of new members of the Rent Collective.

The event begins with lunch cooked by the famous Papuan Chefs from the Women’s Office.

Sunday 3 May: 12 to 3pm

Department of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade (Federal Republic of West Papua)

Suite 211, 838 Collins Street, Docklands Victoria 3008

Tel: 03 9049 9590/9591; Email:

Photo: Tommy Latupeirissa 2007