In August 2012, in response to an Expert Panel report on Refugee Policy (the Houston report), the Federal Government began a dramatic shift in its refugee policy. Since that time, the government has:
- re-opened regional processing centres in Nauru and Manus Island;
- excised the whole of the Australian mainland from the migration zone;
- introduced a ‘no advantage test’;
- granted bridging visas without work rights to asylum seekers who would otherwise be in detention in Australia; and
- introduced ‘enhanced pre-screening’ which has led to the deportation of over 1200 Sri Lankan asylum seekers.
Since these policy initiatives have been introduced, the number of people arriving by boat seeking asylum has continued to grow.
This interactive forum brings together some of Australia’s leading experts on migration law and policy who will present from political, academic, legal and personal perspectives.
We invite YOU, the community, to bring your questions, opinions and voices to this exciting forum as we discuss and debate one of Australia’s most topical human rights issues. Bring your family and friends; all are welcome.
Understanding Australia’s refugee policy in its global context
5.30 -7.00 pm Thursday 25 July 2013
Room 102 Napier Building, University of Adelaide
• Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Senator in the Federal Parliament
• Professor Graeme Hugo AO, Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide
• Claire O’Connor, renowned South Australian barrister and human rights advocate
• Marziya Mohammadi, an Hazara Refugee from Afghanistan and first year university student
• Associate Professor Alexander Reilly, researcher and teacher in refugee law at the Adelaide Law School
RSVP By Thursday 18 July 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost $5 at the door (money to cover costs of the event and support ALHR activities)
**For practising lawyers, this event attracts 1.5 CPD points**
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is a network of Australian lawyers and law students active in practising and promoting awareness of international human rights: http://www.alhr.asn.au/index.php.