Bio’s Biography – John Ball Mr John Ball is Refugee Program Co-ordinator, Christian World Service (CWS), National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). He started this term with CWS in refugee work in 2002. From the mid-1970s his university student, personal and later work roles have featured concerns for nuclear disarmament, peace, development, human rights, refugees and asylum seekers, Australian indigenous rights and the environment. Education and advocacy work, usually linked to Christian ecumenical social justice positions and networks, have featured in these areas. John was the Australian (then National) Council of Churches’ Victorian refugee field worker from 1988 to 1995. He was an Australian Volunteer Abroad in Sri Lanka for two years (1996-98) before returning to work on Sri Lankan peace advocacy with the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA), 1998-2002. …………………. Biography - Phillip Adams Phillip Adams AO. Writer, broadcaster and filmmaker. On of the founders of AJA, Adams was awarded the 2006 Human Rights Medal by HREOC. Twice honoured in the Order of Australia he has been Humanist of the Year, Republican of the Year and received the Longford Award for his role in re-establishing the Australian Film Industry. Adams many films include The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, Don's Party, Lonely Hearts and The Getting of Wisdom. He's the author of over twenty books - including Retreat from Tolerance. Adams' many chairmanships include the Australian Film Commission, Film Australia, the Australian Film Institute, the Commission for the Future, the National Australia Day Council He was President of the Victorian Council of the Arts, a board member of the National Museum, Greenpeace and Care Australia. A newspaper columnist for over fifty years Adams has presented the ABC's influential Late Night Live for sixteen years.. ……………………… Biography- Dianne Hiles Dianne Hiles was a mother of a four year old working as a project manager in IT when the 4 Corners exposé on the physical and psychological breakdown of 6 year old Shayan Badrai, detained in Villawood and Woomera for two years, was screened in August 2001. She was a founding member of a group of concerned parents and citizens that met in response to the program and went on to become ChilOut, Children Out of Detention, campaigning for the release of all children and their carers from Immigration Detention Centres. Dianne is the only member of the original group to last the five years ChilOut was active. In that time she directed strategy, led the group of co-ordinators, wrote frequent emails to inform and motivate the thousands of supporters around Australia and networked widely with other key players in the refugee movement. A passionate speaker on children’s rights she became known as ChilOut’s spokesperson. A long term supporter of Amnesty International, Dianne was elected to the Board of A Just Australia in April 2006 and became Secretary at the last AGM ……………… Biography: Sean Cleary Sean has been an ordinary board member of AJA since February 2003. Originally from Adelaide and now based in Brisbane, Sean is Coordinator of International Programs at the Edmund Rice Centre in Sydney!! From 1990 to 1998 he worked in El Salvador being placed there as a field worker by Jesuit Refugee Service. This human rights accompaniment role was with communities who had undertaken mass repatriation from camps in neighbouring Honduras back to the Salvadoran wartime conflictive zones. In mid-1994, during this time as a field worker, he was a participant in the summer school of Refugee Studies Program at Oxford University. Since his return to Australia in 1999 he has worked in communications technology innovation & training in the non-for-profit community sector, including community legal centres, youth employment and homelessness services. He is active within social justice promotion and advocacy in Brisbane within grass-roots ecumenical efforts and as a member of the Brisbane Catholic Justice & Peace Commission. He maintains active links with churchbased human rights work throughout Latin America by way of the international Oscar Romero Network and with other regions through his work for the Edmund Rice Centre. ………………… Biography – Phil Glendenning Phil is the director of the Edmund Rice Centre. He was also the founding National President for Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and remain on the Board and the author of the Australian Citizens Statement that is the basis for ANTaR’s Sea of Hands. Phil has also just been elected to the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) Board. With a background in education, Third World development and political science, today he is primarily involved in peace and reconciliation work - especially with youth - in Australia, Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine, Rwanda and Aboriginal Australia. Previously he was the national adult education and information officer of Caritas Australia. Phil joined the Board of AJA shortly after it was created. …………….. Biography- Ian Anderson AM PhD M.Litt FCA CPA FHKICPA Ian was founder Chair of Australians for Just Refugee Programs Inc. and our A Just Australia campaign form early 2002 until December 2005. Since stepping down as Chair, Ian has continued to serve on the A Just Australia Inc Board as Treasurer. Ian is a member of the Board and Treasurer of Oxfam Australia, was Chair of Oxfam Hong Kong for 10 years, and a member of its Board until 2003. He was a founder Board member of Oxfam International through which the Oxfam development, humanitarian relief and social and economic justice strategies and programs are coordinated globally, and Chair of its Board for four years until 2003. Trained as a Chartered Accountant, Ian worked professionally as a specialist tax partner in a major accounting firm and then as a senior banker in structured finance. ………………… Biography- Mary Stuart Mary Stuart has spent the majority of her working life as a Union Official and views this as a matter for pride. In her capacity as ACTU Senior Industrial Officer Mary Stuart had national responsibility for significant industries affecting the national economy including: Building industry, Timber industry, Pulp & Paper industry, Printing/Media /Newspapers; Coal Mining industry; Metalliferous Mining industry; Maritime industry, Nursing and Professional Rates. The role variously involved advocacy, negotiations, campaigning, planning/strategy/ tactics, dispute resolution, arbitration of demarcation and coverage disputes, co ordination of multi union campaigns, EBA bargaining, negotiating with State and Federal governments, disputes affecting the national economy or a State Government or Public Sector workforce, Alliances, Recruitment and Training. At various times Mary has been a founder of Australians for Just Refugee Programs, founder of the Whitlam Lecture Series, Established the Trade Union Education Foundation, been a member of the TUTA Board, established ACTU Organising Works. She has held a number of appointed positions: Member of the Australian Honours Selection Committee; Member of the Tripartite Timber Products Overseas Study Mission; Expert Panel Member Australian Best Practice Selection Committee; Director of Australian National Line (Shipping/Stevedoring industry); Member of the Construction Industry Development Council; Victorian Industrial Relations Commission Panel Member. Mary is currently a Director on a number of companies/bodies including AJA, the Child Labour Schools Company (an overseas ILO Child Labour project in India); and Luna Park Melbourne. Mary is the CEO of Luna Park Melbourne and remains actively involved in a range of community and national advocacy organisations relating to social justice.