Graeme Dunstan

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For the former VFL player, see Graeme Dunstan (footballer).
Graeme Dunstan at the 2005 Eureka Stockade Commemoration accepting a Eureka Australia Day Medal for his many years of social activism

Graeme Clement Dunstan (born 4 August 1942), is a prominent Australian cultural and political activist. He is an alumnus of Royal Military College, Duntroon, and an Engineering graduate of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), where he was President of the Students' Union (1967) and twice co-editor of its newspaper, Tharunka (1967 and 1971).

In 1966, while President of the UNSW Labor Club, he was active in organizing anti-Vietnam War protests. As organizer of the LBJ Welcome Committee he stopped US President Lyndon Johnson's motorcade in Liverpool Street, Sydney by lying under the president's car, upon which NSW Premier, Robert Askin, was reported to have said "run over the bastards".[1][2]

In 1973 with Johnny Allen as director of the Aquarius Foundation of the Australian Union of Students and Dunstan, as director of the Foundation's biennial Aquarius Festival, together they produced the Aquarius Festival which took place in Nimbin, New South Wales.

Dunstan was the first community arts officer (1981-5) employed by the City of Campbelltown and in that role set up the Friends of the Campbelltown Art Gallery which lobbied successfully to found the Campbelltown Regional Art Gallery.

In 1985-89 he was a Festivals Consultant to the Victorian Tourism Commission and in that role he was one of the initiators the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Ltd serving as its founding Secretary in 1987.

As a freelance event organizer, Dunstan has helped produce celebrations including the Byron Bay NYE (1995), Bondi Beach Christmas and NYE celebration 1996, Nimbin 'Let It Grow' Mardi Grass (1998 - '99), the Sunshine Coast Schoolies Week (1997), the annual Eureka Dawn Walk (1998-) and the annual Independence from America Day Parade in Byron Bay (1998-).

In July 2011, Dunstan assisted a fellow activist, Bryan Law, who smashed a hole in an Australian military helicopter using a garden mattock. The helicopter was grounded for four months. Dunstan represented himself at trial. On August 22, 2013, a jury found him guilty. He was sentenced to three years of 'good behavior' and ordered to pay more than $160,000, but he avoided imprisonment for his role in the politically-motivated property destruction.[3]

He is presently captain of Peacebus.com which is both a website and a campaign vehicle from which he organizes Cyanide Watch and other actions of witness for peace, justice and a sustaining Earth.

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  1. ^ [1] MilesAgo Aquarius 1973 (Retrieved 20 October 2007)
  2. ^ Sydney 'prepared' for APEC conference ABC Radio, AM, 3 September 2007. Accessed 1 September 2008
  3. ^ Tim Phillips, "Graeme Dunstan Avoids Imprisonment For His Role In Anti-War Property Destruction", Activist Defense, August 23, 2013.