media release 8 February 2013

Bishop Browning to lead national Palestinian advocacy group

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) announced today that Bishop George Browning has been elected its new president.

Bishop Browning is formerly the Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn.  Bishop Browning has had been a strong advocate for justice for Palestinians throughout his career.  His involvement with Palestinians began training Palestinian theological students in the 1970’s, then leading youth pilgrimages to Jerusalem, and hosting Palestinian speakers in Australia.

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) is a national coalition of civil society organisations. It comprises unions, churches, Palestinian and Jewish groups, human rights groups, retired diplomats and other interested individuals.  APAN advocates an Australian public policy that balances Palestinian as well as Israeli interests. APAN meets regularly with parliamentarians and other opinion leaders in the interests of a broader public debate on achieving a viable Palestinian state

Bishop Browning’s predecessor was Baptist Minister, the Rev Jim Barr.

The APAN executive includes:
Bishop George Browning           retired Anglican Bishop
Dr Ross Burns                          former Australian Ambassador to Israel
Prof Bassam Dally                    academic and co-founder AFOPA (SA)
A/Prof Peter Slezak                   academic and co-founder of IAJV
Wendy Turner                            Queensland based unionist
Moukhles Salah                         Sydney based businessman and advocate for Palestine
Rev Gregor Henderson              Uniting Church minister, former President of UCA
Samira Ghabar                          academic,social worker & Palestinian community leader.
David Forde                              served in military with the UN in the Middle East

Jessica Morrison                     APAN Executive Officer        0431 519 577
Bishop George Browning        APAN President                      02  4472 7470