Tom Uren's Condolence Card
We mourn the loss of a great Labor thinker and campaigner - Tom Uren.
His contribution in shaping a modern Australia was significant. As a minister in the Whitlam, Hawke and Keating governments - the creation of the National Estate, the protection of large areas of Glebe and Woollomoloo from developers, significant improvements to public transport, the opening of Australia’s first bicycle path and the creation of the Australian Heritage Commission count among his many achievements.
However, Tom’s contribution was far greater than just ticking off policy achievements. He led a significant philosophical shift within the Labor party, changing how we thought about the environment and about war.
If you feel this loss - sign this condolence card and share either some thoughts for his family or a memorable story about Tom.
As an old boxer and prisoner-of-war, he spoke passionately of love, sometimes quoting Paulo Freire, "Dialogue cannot exist in the absence of a profound love for the world and for men."
This was a perspective pervaded his politics, leading to Tom becoming a key figure in the Australian anti-war movement. In 1960 - barely twenty years after being released as a POW in the second world war - he revisited Japan as part of a peace initiative. He urged in 1968 that trade with Asia be expanded, saying “trade and goodwill are our frontline of defence”.
Uren was also the Labor Party’s first spokesperson for the environment in Federal Parliament, in 1969. He continued to campaign for it long after leaving Canberra, defending wilderness areas across the country as well as Sydney Harbour’s foreshores.
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