Bendigo to host national refugee conference

Bendigo to host national refugee conference

Bendigo Advertiser – 

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A spoken word poet, a two-time Walkley Award winner and a leading human rights lawyer will headline a national forum on refugees in Bendigo later this year.

Former Bendigo Advertiser journalist Ben Doherty – now with the Guardian Australia – Nick Olle of The Project, barrister Julian Burnside, Pamela Curr of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and refugee poet Hani Abdile will be among the guest speakers at the national Rural Australians for Refugees’ One Voice; One Vision conference in Bendigo.

The conference aims to unite refugee advocates across the country to discuss practical strategies of joining forces across regional Australia to combat what organisers describe as the “horrific language our political parties have used to try and sweep the issue under the carpet”.

“There has never been a more important time for refugee advocates to be heard,” Rural Australians for Refugees Bendigo spokesperson Marie Bonne said.

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