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Tom Uren Memorial Fund

Hon. Tom Uren AC, 28 May 1921 – 26 January 2015

A passionate anti-nuclear and peace activist, Tom Uren believed that the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan was a crime against humanity, and fought all his political life against these immoral weapons.

In the final year of World War II, as a prisoner of war at the Omuta camp about 80 kilometres from Nagasaki, he witnessed the second US atomic bombing. “I will never forget, as long as I live, the colour of the sky on the day the Americans dropped the atomic bomb on that city on 9 August 1945. The sky was crimson.”

At the time, he didn’t realise that what he was witnessing had vaporised tens of thousands of people, with many more still to die from burns and radiation exposure. Fifteen years after the war, Tom returned to Japan and, on a visit to Hiroshima, was horrified to see the terrible burns scars on human flesh. He was convinced that “no nation should use nuclear weapons against any other member of our human family”.

Tom served as a minister in the Whitlam and Hawke Labor governments and was a member of parliament for 32 years. He passed away on 26 January 2015 but his legacy as a peacemaker lives on. The Tom Uren Memorial Fund honours the life and work of this champion of the anti-war and anti-nuclear movements – one who stood for a more just and peaceful world.

The Fund supports the important work of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Australia to raise public awareness about nuclear dangers and build support for disarmament. ICAN opposes Australia’s reliance on “extended nuclear deterrence” and is at the forefront of international efforts to achieve a global treaty banning nuclear weapons.

We encourage you to give generously to the Fund, which was established with the support of Tom’s widow, Christine Logan, and his close friends. Tom did not live to see his dream of nuclear abolition realised, but the Fund carries on his lifetime’s work to make that dream come true.

+ Speech by Hon. Anthony Albanese MP | 10 February 2017

On 10 February 2016, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, Federal Member for Grayndler, spoke at a dinner for the Tom Uren Memorial Fund at the home of former Labor Senator Bruce Childs in Sydney. This is the speech he delivered, just six weeks before the beginning of negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons:

Australia must play its part in abolishing nuclear weapons.

In 1961 John F Kennedy told the United Nations:

Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.

It is incredible to think that almost six decades on, this threat still exists.

We must continue to dedicate ourselves to eliminating this threat.

Every nation has a responsibility to work for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Australia is no exception.

That is why the work of ICAN in Australia and around the world, in helping to progress the disarmament agenda, is so important.

I come to this debate with the benefit of the testimony of a man who saw the horror of nuclear weapons first hand.

Tom Uren was imprisoned in a POW camp on the island of Omuta on 9 August 1945.

Just after 11am, the US detonated an atomic bomb over the city of Nagasaki about 80km away.

Estimates of the death toll ranged between 40,000 and 80,000.

That’s men, women and children. Nuclear weapons don’t discriminate.

Tom witnessed the explosion.

He later said:

It reminded me of those beautiful crimson skies of sunsets in Central Australia, but magnified about 10 times stronger, and it’s vividly … it’s never left me.

As you know, in October last year, the United Nations adopted a resolution to convene a UN conference in 2017 to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.

One hundred and twenty-three nations voted in favour of this resolution.

What is disappointing and unacceptable is that that Australia was not one of the countries that voted in favour of this resolution.

ICAN is right to herald this resolution as a potential breakthrough, after decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts.

Thanks to leaders like Tom Uren, Bruce Childs and Robert Tickner, the Labor Party has a proud tradition of advocacy for disarmament.

People like Melissa Parke and many others have tried to build on that legacy and maintain that struggle.

The Labor Party’s platform affirms our belief, committing our party to work toward the end of nuclear weapons and supporting the negotiation of a global treaty banning such weapons.

It says Labor will encourage the pursuit of further substantial reductions of nuclear arsenals and promote the development of processes to bring all nuclear armed states into the disarmament process.

As a non-nuclear armed nation and a good international citizen, Australian can make a significant contribution to promoting disarmament, the reduction of nuclear stockpiles and the responsible use of nuclear technology.

Indeed, our nation has a proud history of activism on the international stage, including in efforts to ban chemical and biological weapons and land mines.

We have now reached a time where an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations are ready to outlaw nuclear weapons, just as the world outlawed chemical and biological weapons and land mines.

There is no reason why we should not be providing leadership in the effort to ban nuclear weapons.

Australia must play our part.

Malcolm Turnbull should commit to attending the 2017 negotiating conference.

If Australia fails to participate, this will tarnish our international reputation as a disarmament supporter and, in doing so, fail to act to promote safety in our world.

So tonight, let us all recommit ourselves to supporting the work of ICAN and to seizing the present opportunity to make real progress towards a world free of nuclear weapons.

+ Speech by Hon. Melissa Parke | 10 February 2017

Good evening everyone and thanks to all of you for being here to support the fantastic work of ICAN through the Tom Uren Memorial Fund.

A big thankyou to Bruce Childs and Yola Lucire for kindly hosting us in their beautiful home.

I acknowledge fellow patrons Anthony Albanese and Tom’s widow Christine Logan, Robert Tickner, and Tim Wright, Asia-Pacific director of ICAN. I also acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation as the traditional owners of the land we’re meeting on. As Akram Azimi the former Young Australian of the Year once said, we make this acknowledgement not out of a sense of protocol but out of recognition that the dreaming has not ended and we’re all a part of it.

Unlike many of you in this room, I never had the pleasure of meeting Tom Uren, but I have always considered him a kindred spirit for his social justice activism and his passion on many subjects, most especially his belief that the struggle for nuclear disarmament is the most important struggle in the human race.

I remember when I was at school the spectre of nuclear annihilation was ever-present. Children and adults spoke of it fearfully as the greatest threat to humankind.

But when the wall came down and the Cold War ended, instead of mass disarmament, we have seen nuclear proliferation as NWS have made their weapons more powerful and as more and more countries have developed nuclear capacity. As Richard Butler, Australia’s UN Ambassador from 1992 to 1997, has said: “There is, in fact, an axiom of proliferation. It states that as long as any state holds nuclear weapons, others will seek to acquire them.”

Even in Australia, which has so far resisted the toxic lure of nuclear power generation, nuclear deterrence has become normalised as part of our defence policy.

This is incredible when you consider that in the last two years we have commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings – the latter of which was witnessed by Tom Uren as a prisoner of war in Japan – and the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. We continue to hear about the shocking aftermath of Fukushima. There has always been concern around the potential for rogue actors such as terrorists to get their hands on nuclear material, but it is I think even more terrifying that some states with hundreds or thousands of nuclear weapons are ruled by what I will politely call ‘unstable personalities’.

Even in the absence of malice, madness or impulsive recklessness, we know that accidents happen.

Only two weeks ago it was revealed that last June a test missile from the British Trident nuclear program malfunctioned and veered towards the US coast before self-destructing. Luckily the missile was not armed with a nuclear warhead on that occasion but the British and US governments did not reveal the incident when it happened, which was just before the UK Parliament voted on renewing the Trident nuclear program. The UK minister has now refused to answer questions in the UK parliament, claiming these are operational matters.

This incident – along with many others over the years – illustrates the point made by the former UN Secretary-General that ‘There are no right hands for wrong weapons.’

Two weeks ago the Atomic scientists moved the hand of the Doomsday Clock forward 30 seconds to two and a half minutes to midnight, for the first time since 1953, citing nuclear volatility, climate change, and the election of Donald Trump, who has talked of expanding the US nuclear program, urged other nations to develop nuclear programs and repeatedly refused to rule out using nuclear weapons.

Trump’s rise has made manifest and profound a downward trend that has been evolving for some time, not just in the US but in many other countries including Australia.

A trend away from respect for human rights, for the environment, for the rule of law, for science, for increased transparency and accountability, for evidence-based policy, and for international obligations.

We cannot forget the Howard-government claims that Aboriginal Australians would take people’s backyards post-Mabo, that asylum seekers threw their own children overboard, that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Today the Australian government maintains that it is fully complying with international obligations, while committing egregious human rights abuses of asylum seekers and children in detention.

Our government calls upon China to respect the international rule of law in the south china sea, while it treats the rights of our poverty-stricken friend and neighbour Timor-Leste with contempt.

Our government proclaims that we are fully contributing to global efforts to reduce carbon emissions while it scraps the carbon price and renewable energy programs, sacks scientists and approves new coal mines.

Our government claims to be upholding international nuclear safeguards, while it enters into agreements trashing them.

I was a member of the Treaties Committee for most of my time in federal parliament. One of the treaties we dealt with before the last federal election was the Australia-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement.

During the inquiry a number of high-level experts gave evidence that the proposed agreement fell far outside the standards Australia had set for many years with regard to uranium sales and nuclear safeguards. The experts said this agreement would undermine international non-proliferation efforts, and should not be proceeded with.

The experts I am referring to were not our beloved warriors from ICAN, ACF Friends of the Earth and the Uniting Church, but John Carlson, the former head of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office for more than 20 years, Ron Walker, former governor of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Professor Lawrence Scheinman, former Asst-Director of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, among others. These were people who were not opposed to uranium sales to India in principle but who considered the deficiencies in this particular agreement to be downright dangerous.

Indeed, the evidence was so strong that the Coalition-majority committee recommended that the Government not proceed with uranium sales to India until a number of tough conditions had been met to improve safeguards, including the establishment by India of a nuclear regulator with statutory independence, full separation of India’s civilian and military nuclear programs, tracking of nuclear material and full compliance with IAEA safeguards. In light of this, it was extraordinary to see the government reject the conditions, stating that it was completely satisfied the Agreement was consistent with Australia’s longstanding uranium export policies.

It was as if, to borrow a phrase from George Orwell, “the very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world.”

It does seem that we are now again in a markedly anti-science and anti-transparency time where inconvenient evidence, truths and facts may simply be met with alternative facts –formerly known as lying, with mere opinions, or with evasion by citing national security or commercial in confidence grounds, or the all-purpose ‘operational reasons’. With social media and new technology it is now easier than ever to spread false information.

Some commentators have suggested that the Enlightenment project is under attack, that this may be the end of the age of reason and the beginning of a new dark age.

Barry Jones writes in tomorrow’s Saturday Paper that democracy faces its greatest existential crisis since the 1930s.

If this is correct, how should we respond?

Again, Orwell’s words seem particularly apt: “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

At a time when media organisations are under increasing pressure, we must support strong independent investigative journalism; journalism involving the in-depth research needed to hold authorities to account.

Secondly, we must actively and constructively resist attempts to take us backwards. In the wake of Trump’s Executive Order referred to as the Muslim ban, we saw mass protests and resistance to that order in the US, from courageous public servants, NY taxi drivers, the Courts and many others.

Bruce Springsteen, also known as The Boss, who is presently in Australia doing concerts, has spoken of being part of a new Resistance.

In Australia, the nurses and doctors who refused to send children back to detention on Nauru are part of such Resistance, as was Tom Uren in an earlier time, being fiercely anti-war and anti-nuclear.

We must recognise the responsibility of each of us as scientists, academics, lawyers, investigative journalists, medical practitioners, writers, artists, teachers, students, parliamentarians, community and business organisations and citizens everywhere to not run away and hide in unpleasant times, but to stand up for truth, justice and science, for the strength of our public institutions and the rule of law, for the health and dignity of our fellow human beings, the environment and the planet.

Ironically in an age of increased nationalism, fascism and right wing nuttery, Trump may end up being the catalyst for the reinvigoration of the global left and of the nuclear disarmament cause.

The Doomsday clock tells us that the work of ICAN to organise locally and internationally for a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons has never been more urgent or more important.

An ICAN-commissioned Nielsen poll in 2014 indicated that 84 per cent of Australians want the government to work towards a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

However, there is one group presently missing from the debate on this issue.

As I noted at the beginning, the fear of nuclear annihilation was ever-present when I was young. But for today’s young people, who have been extremely effective in mobilizing on issues like climate change, global poverty and marriage equality, the nuclear threat does not often feature in their list of greatest concerns. We are going to need the dynamism, passion and energy of this generation of young people if we are to achieve a nuclear weapons-free future.

Next month, nations will gather at the United Nations to begin negotiations on a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. With biological weapons, chemical weapons, land mines and cluster munitions banned, nuclear weapons remain the only weapons of mass destruction not yet explicitly prohibited under international law.

It is critical that the Australian Government join the majority of nations in supporting a ban. ICAN’s work campaigning in the Australian community, influencing governments and public officials, and educating and persuading young people is integral to this.

In assisting ICAN’s efforts through the Tom Uren Memorial Fund we honour Tom Uren’s life work and we ensure there is a future for our children.

Thank you all for being here and please be generous in supporting ICAN.

+ Speech by Hon. Anthony Albanese MP | 24 July 2015

On 24 July 2015, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, Federal Member for Grayndler, formally launched the Tom Uren Memorial Fund at the Australian Labor Party National Conference in Melbourne. This is a transcript of his remarks:

Just after 11am on August 9, 1945, on the island of Omuta, prisoners of war noticed an odd discolouration on the horizon in the direction of Nagasaki, about 80km away. Decades later one of those prisoners – Tom Uren – described the sight. “It reminded me of those beautiful crimson skies of sunsets in Central Australia, but magnified about ten times stronger, and it’s vividly … It’s never left me.”

Watching a nuclear explosion that killed as many as 80,000 people had a deep effect on Tom. In later interviews Tom noted that in 1945, he was glad the bomb had been dropped because it meant that war was about to end and he could go home after years of oppression in POW camps and being treated like a slave on the infamous Burma Railway.

But he also said that later, the more he thought about witnessing the explosion, the more he came to realise that nothing could justify the use of nuclear weapons. He later told a journalist: “As I evolved and understood nuclear war, I found that it was a crime against humanity. Really. I really do think that the dropping of a nuclear bomb on human beings, generally, was a crime against humanity, and a lot of my mates don’t agree with me.”

It says a lot about Tom Uren that despite losing his youth to the war, despite undergoing unimaginable hardships at the hands of his Japanese captors, he was able to disconnect his own experience from the broader issue of nuclear weapons and their impact on humanity. He came to understand that the world would be a better place without nuclear weapons and was happy to stand up and argue the point – anywhere, any time and at any cost. Tom Uren was an extraordinary man – a great man of the Left who dedicated a lifetime of activism to a range of important causes.

If you look through the history books at photographs of some of the great public movements of the past half-century, there’s a very good chance you’ll see Tom leading the marches or rallies. The Vietnam War. Land rights for indigenous people. Justice for former POWs. Protection of our urban and natural environments. Attacks on civil liberties. Self-determination of the people of East Timor. Tom was always there, right out front.

But when he retired from Parliament in 1990, he left us all in no doubt on what he saw as unfinished business. “The labour movement has been good to me in all the years I have been in politics,’’ Tom said. “For the rest of my life I will commit myself to the people. The struggle for nuclear disarmament is the most important struggle in the human race.’’

Although Tom passed away on Australia Day this year, his comment is as important today as it was when it was made. In political life, we encounter many issues and fight many battles. Some matter more than others. But when everything is said and done, we are kidding ourselves if we don’t see the existence of nuclear arsenals that could result in the destruction of the mankind as the number one issue facing our race. All of us need to consider this issue from the perspective of our legacy we will leave.

Only a fool would not want their children and grandchildren growing up in a nuclear world if they could do something to prevent it. It’s true that the extreme tensions of the Cold War, which was still a cause of fear when I was young, have eased. That’s a good thing, because in those days kids were told the world really could end at any moment.

But let’s not forget that even if tension has receded, the weapons are still out there – enough weapons to destroy the globe many times over. According to ICAN, nine countries together possess more than 15,000 nuclear weapons. Most are many times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. A single nuclear warhead, if detonated on a large city, could kill millions of people. Even if global politics is no longer an intractable battle of ideologies, too many nations possess nuclear weapons. Some use them as threats as they pursue their economic, regional or global policy ambitions.

We’ll never stop there being differences between nations over any range of matters – territorial disputes, ethnic battles, religion, politics. But what we can do is work together to disarm so that, when nations have disputes, there is no chance that their arguments will get out of hand and lead to nuclear conflict.

International powers need to work together to that end. They must put the arguments of the day aside and accept that the existence of so many nuclear warheads around the world represents a danger to us all. That’s a threat we can do without. This requires commonsense and goodwill, commodities that are sadly often absent when it comes to the debate about nuclear weapons.

Just earlier this month when US President Barack Obama clinched a deal with Iran to surrender 97 per cent of its enriched uranium and allow intrusive inspections of its nuclear facilities in return for the lifting of economic sanctions by the US and Europe, he made a critical step forward in reducing the chances of a Middle east arms race.

Yet there are conservatives in the US and Israel who are uncomfortable with the idea. They are wrong. They have given in to fear and paranoia or because they simply can’t bring themselves to trust people they see as their enemies – they can’t see the forest for the trees.

It is that sort of approach to the issue that we really need to eliminate. We need to accept that, whatever our arguments, the existence of nuclear weapons is a threat to us all and that the only way to reduce the threat is to work together. Or, in the words of British songwriter and activist Billy Bragg: “The only way to disarm is to disarm.” (from his song The Warmest Room)

What Billy was trying to say is that we can find all sorts of excuses about why we should not disarm, but if we stop using those excuses and just get on with it, the world will be a better place – for all of us.

I don’t know if Tom Uren ever met Billy Bragg. But I do know that after all of his experiences, Tom had a similar view on the issue. Indeed, in 1959 Tom gave one of his first speeches in Parliament in which he expressed his dismay that when conservative politicians debated issues to do with nuclear weapons, their comments were laced with paranoid Cold war rhetoric about the evil of Russia and China.

Clear-headed Tom said: “We on this side of the House do not want a hate session with anybody. We must do our utmost to stop nuclear tests. Problems can no longer be solved by wars. We must solve them by peaceful negotiation.’’ More than half a century later, Tom’s words ring down the decades.

Peaceful negotiation in the interests of common humanity is the way forward. I’m very pleased to have been asked to speak today about Tom. As most people here would know, I used to work for this great man. He was like a father to me and we spoke often of these issues, as well as his concern about the use of nuclear energy given the unresolved issue of safely disposing of nuclear waste.

My position on the nuclear fuel cycle is clear. Until the issues of nuclear waste and nuclear proliferation are satisfactorily solved, I oppose any further Australian involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle. Nuclear waste created today, remains an issue for generations to come. That’s why I am proud that Labor is sticking by our strong commitment to develop alternative energy sources and will seek a target of 50 per cent use of renewables by 2030. That’s a sensible and responsible approach.

I note that Tony Abbott doesn’t like solar or wind energy. The problem of course isn’t that Tony Abbott is stuck in the past, it’s that he wants the rest of Australia to go back there and keep him company. I’ve had concerns about nuclear energy for my entire period in parliament, so I thank you for the chance to speak today.

I’ll speak about Tom Uren any time. He was a special man whose sense of justice and love for humanity make him one of our nation’s all-time greats. I miss his love, his friendship, his counsel – and his hugs. It’s fitting that ICAN has chosen to create the Tom Uren Memorial Fund. Long may people rally behind his name.

+ Speech by Hon. Melissa Parke MP | 12 November 2015

On 12 November 2015, the Hon. Melissa Parke MP, Federal Member for Fremantle, delivered a speech about the Tom Uren Memorial Fund in the Federation Chamber of Parliament House. This is a transcript of her remarks:

The devastation, both human and environmental, seen in Japan in 1945 demonstrated conclusively that humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist. Yet, while the threat of nuclear weapons may seem like a thing of the past, right now there are nine nations that possess more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, 1,800 of which are on high alert, with the ability to be launched within minutes.

Nuclear-armed countries spend more than $143 billion per annum on maintaining and updating their arsenals, diverting public funds from critical services such as education and health care, yet nuclear weapons are ineffective and counterproductive in addressing global and national security challenges. Effective in annihilating everything? Yes. Making the world safer? Certainly not.

The late Hon. Tom Uren AC, a member of parliament for 32 years who served as a minister in the Whitlam and Hawke Labor governments, was a passionate antinuclear and peace activist. A prisoner of war at the Omuta camp located 80 kilometres from Nagasaki, Uren witnessed the second US atomic bombing: “I will never forget, as long as I live, the colour of the sky on the day the Americans dropped the atomic bomb on that city on 9 August 1945. The sky was crimson.”

Upon returning to Japan 15 years later, Uren’s attitude, that ‘no nation should use nuclear weapons against any other member of our human family,’ was affirmed as he witnessed the ongoing devastation. The Tom Uren Memorial Fund, created after his passing in January this year, supports the work of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN.

ICAN is an Australian civil society initiative that has been pivotal to the success of three major government and civil society conferences over the past three years that have put the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons, and the need for a nuclear weapons ban, squarely on the global political agenda. I welcome representatives from ICAN in the chamber today.

This morning, Anthony Albanese and I were honoured as patrons, together with our colleague Senator Lisa Singh, to host the federal Labor launch of the Tom Uren Memorial Fund in support of ICAN. We were delighted to welcome Tom’s family, including Michael and Jan, Tom’s widow Christine Logan and ICAN back to Parliament House on this special occasion.

The ICAN-commissioned Nielsen poll in 2014 indicated that 84 per cent of Australians want the government to work towards a treaty banning nuclear weapons. With biological weapons, chemical weapons, land mines and cluster munitions banned, nuclear weapons remain the only weapons of mass destruction not yet explicitly prohibited under international law.

It is a matter of deep regret that at the recently concluded session of the UN General Assembly’s First Committee, which deals with disarmament and international security matters, Australia was the de facto leader of a loose grouping of nations that worked to prevent progress towards the negotiation of a treaty prohibiting the use, production and stockpiling of nuclear weapons.

Australia refused to join the overwhelming majority of the international community in declaring that nuclear weapons should never be used again under any circumstances. It objected to the words “under any circumstances”. This raises the question: under what circumstances does the government believe that nuclear weapons should be used?

I am pleased that, despite Australia’s best efforts to undermine moves towards a ban, the First Committee adopted a Mexico-led resolution to establish a subsidiary body of the General Assembly that will begin discussions in 2016 on the elements for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The Australian delegation failed in its bid to limit civil society access to the body and to impose strict rules of consensus — a recipe for eternal deadlock.

The complete eradication of nuclear weapons is vital. As Richard Butler, Australia’s UN Ambassador from 1992 to 1997, argued: “There is, in fact, an axiom of proliferation. It states that as long as any state holds nuclear weapons, others will seek to acquire them.”

Australia must remove itself from its extended nuclear deterrence policy and shift its national security strategy towards an effective and sustainable security paradigm, like the vast majority of nation states that reject any role for nuclear weapons in their defence.

I urge parliamentarians who have not yet signed ICAN’s Global Parliamentary Appeal for a Nuclear Weapons Ban to do so, and I call on the Australian government to follow over 150 governments, the UNSG and the Red Cross movement and support the complete eradication of nuclear weapons. To quote the UN Secretary-General, ‘There are no right hands for wrong weapons.’

Tom Uren passed away at 1.15 am on Australia Day this year at the age of 93. Just three years earlier, on Australia Day in 2012, nearly 800 Order of Australia recipients, including former prime ministers, governors-general, foreign affairs and defence ministers, premiers, governors, High Court judges and chiefs of the armed forces, called on the government to adopt a nuclear-weapons-free defence posture and work towards a nuclear weapons convention.

One of those 800 Order of Australia participants was Tom Uren. Another was Malcom Fraser. In this week of remembrance in the year these warriors for peace died, let us commit to take those steps towards a nuclear-weapons-free world.

 

Patrons of the Fund

Christine Logan
Hon. Anthony Albanese MP
Hon. Melissa Parke MP
Robert Tickner

Donating to the Fund

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Tom Uren Memorial Fund
PO Box 1379
Carlton VIC 3053

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Launch of the Tom Uren Memorial Fund in Melbourne on 25 July 2015.
 
Launch at Parliament House in Canberra on 12 November 2015.

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