About ICAN Australia
ICAN was launched at the Victorian parliament house in Melbourne in 2007. Since then, the campaign has been embraced by individuals and organisations throughout the world. To learn more about the original impetus behind the campaign, please enjoy this April 2016 speech from Ronald McCoy. We have a small staff team in Melbourne and Sydney, but rely heavily on the tireless work of our volunteers. Please contact us to get involved.
Melissa Parke is a former federal MP (Fremantle) and United Nations lawyer. She has degrees in business, law and public international (human rights) law.
Richard has worked on peace, security and environment issues in East and Southeast Asia as analyst, policy advocate and activist since the 1970s. He works with the Nautilus Institute, and teaches on nuclear and Indonesian questions at Melbourne University. His most recent book, written with Desmond Ball, is The Tools of Owatatsumi: Japan’s Ocean Surveillance and Defence, (with Desmond Ball), Canberra, ANU Press. Richard also maintains the Nautilus Institute Australian Defence Facilities and Australia Forces Abroad public documentation websites.
Sue Wareham is a retired GP and a Vice-President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War. She has played an active part in the peace and anti-nuclear movement since the 1980s, and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. She was one of the founding members of ICAN.
Jessica has been involved with ICAN since 2013. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of International Relations. She recently completed a Master’s thesis that examined the prospect of middle power states and non state actors bringing about negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons, despite nuclear weapon states undermining any effort to do so.
Margaret Beavis is a general practitioner with a strong interest in public health. She teaches at Melbourne University and is currently president of the Medical Association for Prevention of War.
Dimity has been involved in community and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas on disarmament, nuclear chain and social justice issues for over two decades. She was one of the founding members of ICAN. She is a PhD candidate at Swinburne University, with a BA in Politics and Public Policy (Hons).
Daryl is a lecturer, curriculum consultant and textbook writer. He has many years experience teaching and designing curriculum for history and legal studies in government schools. He is currently Co-Vice President of the NSW Division of the United Nations Association of Australia and a member of the Academic Council of the United Nations.
Tilman Ruff is a public health and infectious diseases physician, associate professor at the University of Melbourne, international medical advisor for Australian Red Cross, Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (Nobel Peace Prize 1985), and founding international and Australian chair of ICAN.
Dave Sweeney has been active in the uranium mining and nuclear debate for over two decades through his work with the media, trade unions and environment groups on mining, resource and Indigenous issues. He is a national nuclear campaigner with the Australian Conservation Foundation. He was one of the founding members of ICAN.
Tim Wright is Asia-Pacific director of ICAN. He is a member of the international staff team and has been involved in the campaign since 2006. He has degrees in law and arts from the University of Melbourne.
Gem Romuld joined the ICAN team in 2013. She has worked with Australians for War Powers Reform and Friends of the Earth Australia, and produces a weekly environmental and social justice radio program ‘Earth Matters’ for 3CR. She has degrees in communications and law and is based in Sydney.