Lorel Thomas is currently the National Coordinator of the Australian Network to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions (ANBLC) and has been an active part of the campaign for 12 years.
She is a passionate campaigner and understands the connection between human rights, disabilities, development and disarmament. Lorel has conducted seminars, given radio interviews, organised fundraisers, and spoken at schools and community organisations.
She has been involved in successful campaigns to pressure the Government to provide assistance to survivors with disabilities and to pressure a major Australian bank to cease investment links with cluster munition production. Last year, in her role with ANBLC, Lorel was a civil society representative on the official Australian Government delegation to the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Laos.
In 2011, Lorel has been coordinating national lobbying activities for the Cluster Munition Coalition Australia, and has met with politicians of all persuasions to push for stronger Australian legislation to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions.