Juanita Nielsen Memorial Lecture

7:00 pm Thursday 9 May 2002
Tom Mann Theatre
136 Chalmers St, Surry Hills
(5 minutes walk from Central Station)
All welcome – entry by donation

Guest Speaker: Christine Milne, former Tasmanian Greens MP

Christine will deliver the second Juanita Nielsen Memorial Lecture, “Pain and Pleasure in Politics”. From being arrested during the campaign to save the Franklin River to leading the Greens Party in the Tasmanian Parliament Christine has been to the forefront of the key progressive campaigns of the last two decades. The theme of her lecture will be the highs and lows of life on the political hustings and her vision for the Greens Party.

Christine Milne has a long involvement in community activism and politics, beginning with the Franklin River campaign. Then she led the successful campaign to protect Tasmania’s farm lands from the impacts of the proposed Wesley Vale Pulp Mill in the late 1980s.

Christine represented the electorate of Lyons in the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1989 to 1998 and was leader of the Tasmanian Greens Party from 1993 to 1998. She was elected to Federal Parliament in 2004 and joined the Greens Senate team on 1 July 2005. Senator Milne is a United Nations Global 500 Laureate and is a Vice-President of the World Conservation Union (IUCN)).

Introduction: to the Juanita Nielsen lecture by Sylvia Hale, Greens councillor on Marrickville Council and book publisher. Sylvia Hale spoke about Juanita Nielsen and the green bans period of 1970s.

Juanita Nielsen, publisher of the independent paper Now and active campaigner against high-rise development in Kings Cross, disappeared in July 1975. Her murderers were never brought to justice. The investigation was reopened in 2000. The circumstances of her disappearance remain unresolved but it is commonly believed that she was murdered because of her stand for the environment and the rights of low income residents.

Trish Mullins chaired the 2002 lecture.

A transcript of the speech is unavailable.

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