From the Communist Party of Australia’s “The Guardian” 29 March, 2006
The Sydney Peace Foundation has previously honoured outstanding international activists such as Indian author Arundhati Roy, Palestinian peace campaigner Dr Hanan Ashrawi and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
This year the Foundation, formed by Sydney University Department of Peace and Conflict studies, thought it important to honour significant people in the Australian community who have made a major contribution to peace work in our society.
The Sydney Peace Foundation recognised that Hannah and Denis have worked tirelessly for peace through various peace organisations such as the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition and the Hiroshima Day and Palm Sunday Committees. In particular the Foundation recognised their efforts working for the reduction of the military budget and ending Australia’s involvement in the arms trade.
The Award citation described their work as “courageous and fearless“. “For over twenty years, these citizens have committed large parts of their time to coordinating a campaign for peace with justice by opposing militarism — the idea that control can be exercised in a society by putting large numbers of people in uniform and training them to use dangerous weapons”, the citation read.
Note Hannah Middleton has also been involved with the NZ anti US bases campaign at Waihopai.