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IMAGINE delivering a presentation on nuclear
disarmament to the United Nations (UN) in the
Imagine meeting the grandson of President Har-
At just 19 years of age, San Remo resident Emily
Anthony has achieved this, from a global platform
that few could ever hope to experience.
The former Newhaven College student was one
of only five participants chosen from across the
world to participate in a UN program to engage
with others on a plan of action for humanitarian
She was also the youngest on the program.
Emily Anthony grew up on the Bass Coast,
where her family manage the San Remo Caravan
She graduated from Newhaven College last year
where she was a school captain, as well as a Bass
Coast Young Leader.
She has just completed the first year of a Bach-
elor of Arts at the University of Melbourne.
She intends to complete a double major in Poli-
tics and International Studies and History, as well
as a concurrent Diploma of Languages in Japa-
“I’m still figuring out what I will do after that,
but I’m looking at a Masters of International Rela-
tions, a Masters of Diplomatic Translation, or even
a Juris Doctor, and going on to international law,”
In October this year Emily was invited to join the
Peace Boat organisation with a Global University
18 day program on humanitarian disarmament.
Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-
governmental and non-profit organisation that
works to promote peace, human rights, and re-
spect for the environment.
She submitted a written application, which in-
cluded an 800 word essay on humanitarian inter-
vention and disarmament, as well as referring to
specific issues she found disturbing.
“I chose to write on the intervention in Timor, as
well as how intercultural differences affect peace
and the interaction between states,” Emily said.
Emily was fortunate to be a passenger on one of
the Peace Boat global voyages.
She shared the journey with participating Japa-
nese university students, and Hibakusha, the Jap-
anese word for the surviving victims of the 1945
atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
“The Hibakusha stop in each port on this jour-
ney and give their testimony. They do not expect an
apology for what happened in war. They are there
to educate and inform everyday people, and world
powers of the effects and risks of nuclear technol-
ogy,” said Emily.
A participant in the program was author Ari
Beser, the grandson of Lt Jacob Beser, the only
US serviceman aboard both B-29s that dropped
atomic bombs on Japan in World War II.
Another participant was Clifton Truman Daniel,
the grandson of President Harry S Truman who
ordered the atomic bombs to be dropped.
“Clifton is on the board of the Truman library,
and works closely with others in facilitating rec-
onciliation between various states including Japan
and the USA,” said Emily.
Her whirlwind journey included visits to the Or-
ganization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weap-
ons, PAX (Peace Organisation), UNOY (United
Network of Young Peacebuilders), and the Interna-
tional Court of Justice.
She also attended the 30 year anniversary of the
Regan-Gorbachev summit at Hofdi House, which
effectively ended the Cold War.
The invitation to enter Hofdi was special as it is
closed to the public.
Presentation to the UN Assembly
“I collaborated with a small group of academ-
ics and experts to develop a plan of action on how
to approach different issues in nuclear disarma-
ment,” Emily said.
“We discussed how to engage young people in the
issue, in particular how to dissipate the associa-
tion between nuclear weapons and the past. Most
people connect these weapons with the Cold War
and are unaware of the risks, dangers, and con-
sequences that are still present. This is what we
presented at the UN.”
Emily presented at a side event for the UN Gen-
eral Assembly First Committee to around 80 peo-
ple with Marie Orset, a teacher from France who is
a member of the French Peace Movement.
“There were attendees from Civil Society, NGOs
(non-governmental organisations), State delegates,
and Hibakusha in preparation for what was the
upcoming vote on the Resolution L41.
“Marie and I spoke from the perspective of
young people on the issues surrounding a ban
treaty and how to engage the youth in international
issues, as well as the horrendous effects of nuclear
The First Committee adopted Resolution L.41 to
convene negotiations in 2017 on a “legally binding
instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading
towards their total elimination.”
The voting result was 123 nations in favour and
38 against, including Australia.
Emily came home to uni exams, but she’s caught
up with her studies now. “It was the trip of a life-
time,” Emily said.
The most exciting aspect of being at the UN was
just getting to sit back and listen to the speeches
in the UNGA first committee meeting, said Emily.
“It was totally surreal. The community feeling
was wonderful. It was like one big anti-nuclear
family, some of whom had dedicated their lives to
the anti-nuclear campaign.
“So, it was a big deal for Resolution L41 to even
be proposed, let alone pass.
“It was so inspiring and motivating”
Emily’s mother Michelle and father Chris cashed
in some Frequent Flyer points for Emily’s airfare
The Peace Boat trip was $4500, and there were
some accommodation costs.
Emily is grateful to the Wonthaggi Rotary Club
as well who gave her some financial assistance to
participate in the program.
“Early next year I will do a presentation for
them,” she commented.
The next step now is for Emily to hopefully meet
with Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie
Bishop, to discuss the life changing global trip she
has just experienced.
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Retailers’ relief on New Years’ Eve plans
From page 1.
Local traders disadvantaged by the New Year’s
Eve event said they found it difficult to survive
throughout the year, particularly during quieter
They said the last two New Years’ Eves they had
experienced a “huge slump” in sales on what was
traditionally one of their best trading days.
Jane said her sales on the day were down 98 per
cent, while the majority of others reported a hit to
the bottom line.
“To import other store holders for a one day
event is just not right,” said Jane.
“It is in conflict with our rights as ratepayers,
which should allow us to conduct business with-
out unnecessary obstruction.”
Cara Bell, from Beam On, added: “Stall hold-
ers, who don’t pay rent or lease are allowed in the
middle of the street, directly competing with local
businesses on the one day of the year when this
town has the most people. It directly impacted my
Jane said if shop owners suffer a loss of income,
there was a flow-on to the rest of the community.
“If I close my business my two staff won’t be
shopping or dining locally, because they’ll lose
their income,” said Jane.
“Every time a local buys from local stores they
are supporting local jobs, local produce and the
local economy. It is a ripple effect.
“Our kids need jobs. We don’t want them hav-
ing to move away from the island to make a living.
No one wants to live in a ghost town. The media
portrays Phillip Island as a top tourist destination,
yet those working hard to sustain the community
Bass Coast Shire events coordinator Frank An-
garane confirmed Thompson Avenue would not be
closed this year.
“No application was received within the required
timeframes,” Frank said.
He said in light of retailers’ concerns about the
transparency of the road application, council was
reviewing the process and guidelines.
“At this stage we don’t have a timeframe for when
this will be confirmed.”
A shire spokesman added that Cowes had also
so far not received any applications for privately-
run fireworks on New Years’ Eve.
He said the council-run fireworks would be held
in Coronet Bay and Inverloch.
San Remo student makes
address to UN Assembly
Emily Anthony, 19 (front second right), with members of the Peace Boat organisation,
including Ari Beser (front centre) the grandson of the US serviceman that dropped atomic
bombs on Japan in WWII.
Emily has returned to Australia, after making a presentation to the United Nations Assem-
bly on issues of nuclear disarmament.
Emily Anthony (left) is pictured in New
York City with French woman Marie Orset,
and Ari Beser, following their presentation to
the UN Assembly.
For the past two years pop-up tents have
been erected in Cowes’ main street for New
Year’s Eve, which local shop owners say dam-
ages their sales on the busiest day of the year.
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