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A response to conference rage

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on June 30, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (1)



It was a breath of fresh raging air to read Duncan Green’s blog on poorly run conferences. Maybe frustrations can be the first step towards solving the collective action problem of people suffering at horrendous...

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Kuajok, South Sudan - small steps towards a major paradigm shift

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on June 10, 2015 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (4)

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South Sudan. As if further commentary was needed, when patently it’s not, here I go…


Apart from a few attempts by a very few people, on every side in South Sudan it seems most people are clear that someone else is the problem. Many people blame the leaders or IGAD ...

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Bringing them home in 2014?

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on March 13, 2015 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)



In 2007, then Australian Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott was quoted as saying, in relation to the policy of removing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families:


The fundamental prem...

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Australia (whatever that means) Day

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on January 24, 2015 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)



You may have seen the new advertisement for Australian lamb, featuring iconic cricketing legend Richie Benaud, along with Ned Kelly, Captain Cook (Cookie) and others. Presumably it's meant to represent something quintessentially Australian. The 90s/early 00s Qantas ads, featuring ...

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The toolkit of a peacemaker - South Sudan

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on May 8, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Rob Lancaster from Australia was one of the team responsible for training the peace and reconciliation mobilizers. This was his speech to the graduates of the four-week course which concluded on 1 May.

 

Speech for closing ceremony of Peace and Reconciliation Mobiliser training – Juba, 1 May 2013

There are many South Sudanese in Australia right now, playing a part in writing the newest chapter in Australia’s multicultural history. So it’s a pleasure to...

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How interested are we in understanding 'the other'?

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on December 19, 2012 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

At a time when much public debate consists of the divisive trading of strongly held (and opposite) opinions, Rob Lancaster asks if there is a better way.


I started writing this article, provoked by a news story about one of Australia’s most well-known and polarizing radio presenters, Alan Jones. Jones has been instructed to apologize pub...

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