This call was sounded again in 1982 when Dr. Stella Cornelius
, for the United Nations Association of Australia
(UNAA), launched a vigorous campaign for a Ministry for Peace at an Australian Federal Government level.
"The inspiration behind this book came initially from Stella Cornelius
It was through the work of the UNAA
Peace Program, that the Ministry proposal first arose and Stella
, more than any other person, has been responsible for maintaining the momentum behind the campaign.
This is a fitting opportunity to thank Stella
for her work generally in the cause of peace as well as congratulating her specifically on the Ministry for Peace campaign."
Dr. Stella Cornelius is the founder of the Conflict Resolution Network (CRN) in Australia of which she is still a co-director.
One of CRN's major achievements is to give free access (through their website) to a wide range of training materials thereby establishing an invaluable resource for the world wide Conflict Resolution movement.
From 1984 -1986 Stella served the Australian Government as Director of the UN International Year of Peace 1986.
(in 1983) proposed that a Ministry for Peace be established in order to administer an Australian World Peace program and, in 1984, the Department of Foreign Affairs established a Peace & Disarmament section under the leadership of Tonia Shand.
In November 2004 Biannca, then State President of the Australian Democrats, (Aug 2004-Dec 2005) initiated and co-chaired two meetings of the Ministry for Peace- Australia with Dr Stella Cornelius