July 7, 2015
Many refugee rights activist from around the country will be in Melbourne for the rally on Sat July 25 supporting efforts to change ALP policy and break the bipartsian consenus of cruelty towards refugees. Therefore the Melbourne Refugee Action Collecive is taking the opportunity to host a national conference of refugee rights supporters the day after on Sunday July 26, from 10am to 3pm at ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St Melbourne (just north of the Vic Markets). We will discuss the way forward for the struggle for refugee rights. All refugee supporters are welcome. Registration is free and will start from 9.30am.
Please register below to give us an idea of numbers.
Workshops 10am – 11.00am
Stopping Deportations – Pamela Curr (ASRC) & Amanda Zivcic (RAC)
Why Regional Resettlement is Not a Solution – Lucy Honan (RAC)
Using the Media – Jeff Sparrow (Guardian columnist, writer and broadcaster) & Vanessa Dodd (RAC)
Building Support Amongst Unionists – Claire Middlemas (Unions for Refugees WA) & Penny McCall Howard, (Unions for Refugees NSW)
Building Support Amongst Students – with students from CRRC Melb Uni, CRAC Syd Uni, & ANU RAC
Queer Refugee Rights – Rachel Evans (RAC NSW)
Plenary 11.15 am – 12.45pm
Nauru, Manus, and the New Anti-Refugee Legislation – Where Are We At?
Katie Robertson ( Maurice Blackburn lawyer, who led a case that successfully prevented the transfer to Nauru of 25 babies born to asylum seekers in Australia)
Ian Rintoul (long-time refugee activist from RAC NSW)
Lunch Break 12.45 – 1.45
Plenary 1.45 – 3.00pm
The Fight for Refugee Rights – Where to From Here?
Chris Breen (Melbourne RAC), Sally Thompson (Perth RRAN), speakers TBA from Sydney, Canberra, Darwin and Brisbane Refugee Activist Groups