Refugee Week Forum
Wednesday 20th June 2012, 6.30 for 7.00-9.00pm
Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling Street, Balmain
Hosted by the Balmain for Refugees
The forum will be addressed by John Menadue, former Secretary of the Department of Immigration, now Board Director of the Centre for Policy Development, and joint author of
A New Approach: Breaking the Stalemate on Refugees and Asylum Seekers, and Lucy Morgan, Policy Officer at the Refugee Council of Australia.
The Forum will also feature an interview by Ngareta Rossell, BFR’s media officer, with Ali Al Jenabi, whose story is the subject of “The People Smuggler:the True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the Oskar Schindler of Asia”. The author is Robin de Crespigny.
Forum issues include:
Australia’s regional responsibilities including the possibility of negotiating an orderly departure program from “source” countries such as Afghanistan and from backlogs of refugees, asylum seekers and close family members in Indonesia and Malaysia.
The tyranny of the present structure of Australia’s current Immigration categories and numbers in regard to the offshore and onshore annual Immigration.
The impact on asylum seekers and their families of Australia’s refugee processing and family reunion programs, and mandatory detention policies.
Kate Maclurcan, folk singer and former coordinator with Bridge for Asylum Seekers Foundation, will sing some refugee songs.
Rochelle Porteous, Mayor of Leichhardt, will moderate the Forum.
Free entry. Donations welcomed for Bridge for Asylum Seekers Foundation