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Gosford: An Afternoon with Julian Burnside, Prof Pat McGorry & Fr Rod Bower
13 December 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
- Gosford Anglican Church, 3 Mann St, Gosford, NSW
- 3pm – 5.30pm
- 13 December 2015
- Entry will be by donation (the suggested amount is $10, to help cover the costs incurred by running the event. It is brought to you by the Anglican Parish of Gosford, the Central Coast for Social Justice group and the documentary The Shadowland.
Julian Burnside QC AO (barrister and human rights advocate) and Professor Patrick McGorry AO (psychiatrist, researcher and mental health advocate) join Father Rod Bower (Archdeacon of the Central Coast) for an afternoon discussion on the impact of past, present and future border protection policies on the well being of asylum seekers seeking protection in Australia.
The distinguished guest speakers will address the issue from their own specialised areas of expertise. Men of incredible intellect, determination and compassion, the audience will no doubt be enlightened and inspired by their words. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions after the final speech. There will also be the chance to mingle and continue discussions when afternoon tea is served at the very end of the event.
In addition to the speeches, there will be a very special musical performance. “Paeezeh Zendegi – Autumn of Life” will be performed (for the very first time) by an orchestral ensemble of local Central Coast musicians. Composed by Caitlin Yeo in collaboration with Salar Hs, “Paeezeh Zendegi” features a solo performance by Persian violinist Salar Hs.
This event will be filmed for the television documentary “The Shadowland”, an independent production that has been commissioned by the ABC as a “Compass” special for 2016.
Entry will be by donation (the suggested amount is $10, to help cover the costs incurred by running the event. It is brought to you by the Anglican Parish of Gosford, the Central Coast for Social Justice group and the documentary The Shadowland.
We look forward to seeing you there!
JULIAN BURNSIDE AO QC
Barrister and Human Rights Advocate
Julian Burnside joined the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989. He specialises in commercial litigation and human rights and has represented some of Australia’s wealthiest people, including Alan Bond and Rose Porteous. Until the late 1990s he primarily “acted for the big end of town”. From the late 1990s onwards, he began to undertake more and more pro bono legal work on a range of human rights-related issues. In 2004 he was awarded the Human Rights Law Award by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission “for speaking out strongly against the poor treatment of asylum seekers and refugees and the harmful effects of mandatory detention on children”. In 2007 Julian Burnside received the Australian Peace Prize from the Peace Organisation of Australia and in 2009 he received an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service as a human rights advocate and for his services to the arts and the law. In 2014 Julian Burnside was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize from the Sydney Peace Foundation “for his brave and principled advocacy for human rights and for those wronged by government, for insisting that we respect our international legal obligations toward those seeking asylum, and for his unflinching defence of the rule of law as a means to achieve a more peaceful and just society.”
PROFESSOR PATRICK MCGORRY AO MD, PhD, FRCP, FRANZCP
Psychiatrist, Researcher and Mental Health Advocate
Patrick McGorry is a professor of Psychiatry and one of Australia’s most respected mental health experts. He is a leading international researcher and advocate for the youth mental health reform agenda. Professor McGorry is Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health (OYH), a world-renowned mental health organisation for young people that has put Australia at the forefront of innovation in the prevention and treatment of mental illness. Professor McGorry also has a strong interest in promoting the mental health of the homeless, refugees and asylum seekers. He has clinically treated many asylum seekers over the years and was instrumental in setting up the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture in 1987. Professor McGorry has advocated to both major parties that asylum seekers should be allowed to live in the community descibing detention centres are ‘factories for producing mental illness and mental disorder’. Professor McGorry was named Australian of the Year in 2010 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia that same year.