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Refugee Week 2013 – Consciousness raising by Centre staff

By Gaylene Galardi 26 June 2013 Community Relations Comments Off on Refugee Week 2013 – Consciousness raising by Centre staff

Events around the country and the globe were held to mark World Refugee Week from the 16th to the 22nd of June this year. Contributing to local awareness of refugee issues, Centre Director Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny was interviewed by local radio stations on two days. One interview you can listen to online was broadcast on RTR FM in the Morning Magazine program on the 18th of June. An excerpt of the interview content is below. Click here to access the program recording and go to 26min 40 sec in the stream to hear the interview with Mary Anne.

‘Compere refers to Federal Greens Melbourne MP Adam Bandt’s comments at the World Refugee Day rally on Sunday, who said we see a creation of a permanent underclass in our society, where people really in need of protection face indefinite mandatory detention. Kenny says there has been a deterioration in the quality of debate on this issue. She says we need to shift the focus to the valuable contributions that refugees have made to Australia. She says the Refugee Week aims to educate people about some of the issues refugees face. She says the Refugees Convention tries to provide protection for those fleeing prosecution in their own country. Compere mentions the theme for the Refugee Week is “Restoring Hope”. Kenny says a variety of groups, including the Refugee Council, have organised the ‘Walk for Refugee’ this weekend [22 June] in Fremantle. She says the government really needs to protect refugees and take a leading voice in the Southeast Asian region.’

Another place you can find the Centre’s researchers contributing to awareness on the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers in Australia is on the SBS Detention Centre website. Dr Caroline Fleay and Dr Lisa Hartley were interviewed by SBS in 2012, the results of which can be seen on the website by clicking on the Future link.

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