DFAIT celebrates first birthday, Sunday 3 May 2015

03rd May 2015

luluFriends 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 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 America’s acquisition of the biggest mountain of gold in the world (Freeport) pursuant to Indonesia’s notorious acquisition of West Papua in 1962.

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

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.

Photo: Josephine Gelling, Highlands, West Papua, 2014