4th National RAR Conference 2016

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This was the conference you’d been waiting for since 2005 !

Read the full Conference Report September 2016


Chris Cummins, Conference Moderator, welcomes delegates

at the Conference we …

♦  Networked with colleagues

♦  Listened to inspirational speakers

♦  Shared ideas, experiences and know-how

♦  Learnt what we can do to make a difference

♦  Were amazed by what’s happening in RAR groups around the country

And in partnership with the Refugee Council of Australia, we’ll also be launched the

national Welcome Scroll campaign


The Conference was proudly

Hosted by Bendigo RAR

People arriving from across the country were warmly welcomed by

members of Bendigo RAR … some long-time members, others brand new.











Besides meeting from RAR groups, we met people from many other organisations.



Wild Dingo Press donated half of their Conference book sales

Cathi Lewis established her publishing business to give refugees and people seeking asylum a voice.  Cathi and Iris are passionate and tireless supporters of RAR




We met the Founders of RAR – Anne Coombs, Susan Varga and Helen McCue

Anthony Radford discussed the

Power of One Message


We heard about successful resettlement of refugees in Nhill, and listen to the experienced voices of the media panel – Anthony Radford (Radford Media), Nick Olle (The Project), and Ben Doherty (The Guardian)

Read … Call me Illegal:  The semantic struggle over seeking asylum in Australia by Ben Doherty


Media Panel: Anthony, Nick, Ben with Chris Cummins

And with Christine Henderson (Mayor of Mt Alexander Shire) and Rod Fyffe (Mayor of City of Greater Bendigo), and Asher Hirsch of the Refugee Council of Australia, we launched the Welcome Scroll which travel around Australia to many Refugee Welcome Zones160903-welcome-scroll-launch-bendigo

And there were workshops – RAR, ASRC and Amnesty

presenting information and strategies for advocacy and action


ASRC – Words that Work


RAR Conference Newsletters

  1. Conference News 5 August 2016
  2. Conference News 18 August 2016
  3. Conference News 9 September 2016


Amnesty – Changing the Conversation