In Perth, a delegation of Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA partners from Laos, Vietnam and Indonesia joined the 2019 Asbestos Safety Conference to learn from the Australian experience in banning asbestos, and to share their stories from the campaign to ban asbestos in South East Asia.
When Lee Rhiannon was a young activist, she remembers seeing the anti-Vietnam War movement grow from a handful of people gathered in Sydney’s Martin Place to a mass movement of hundreds of thousands of people. This was Lee’s first experience of the power of global solidarity.
The campaign to ban asbestos has been featured on ABC News, which traveled to Indonesia to report on the push-back from the asbestos lobby.
The Annual Melbourne Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA Dinner attracted more than 200 guests to mark the twenty year anniversary of their 1999 referendum, and to celebrate the long-standing solidarity between Australian unionists and the people of Timor Leste.
In Perth, the Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA community of unionists, activists, and internationalists came together to fundraise for the cause of global justice. Their efforts raised over $3,000!
At the 2019 Melbourne Annual Dinner, guest speaker Elsa ‘Uka’ Pinto addressed the audience on the continuing tradition of solidarity between the Australian and Timorese people.