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Hawthorne (Qld): community forum: Fair go for refugees and people seeking asylum

17 March 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

When people seek asylum, they, like all of us, need a home where they can live in freedom and safety. If any of us found ourselves vulnerable or in danger, we’d like to know that we could seek help and a safe place.

Successive Federal Governments have chosen to implement policies that deny the rights of people seeking asylum to a fair, transparent, accountable and timely assessment process.

As a result, many people are living in ‘limbo’ in our communities and in detention centres or faced with the threat of being forcibly returned to harm by our Government.

The forum will discuss the current situation of refugees and people seeking asylum, and the role of community members to get on the #RightTrack, in a constructive and solutions-focused way. #RightTrack is a grassroots, community owned and led national movement, resourced by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

All community members are welcome to attend. Please bring along a friend or family member who is interested in finding out more.

Speakers and Q&A panellists:

Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM (CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)

Mojgan Shamsalipoor (Young woman seeking safety in Australia)
with Jessica Walker (Convenor of Teachers For Refugees and People Seeking Asylum)

Pemba Amuri (Community Engagement and Organising Manager at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, refugee and Congolese pro-democracy activist)

Sally Dodds (Queensland Convenor of Mums 4 Refugees)

Additional speakers:

Behrouz Boochani (Kurdish journalist, human rights defender and film producer) will provide a pre-recorded update
Rebecca Buttenshaw (Activism Support Coordinator for Amnesty International)

Emily Dowling (Community Campaigner at Oxfam Australia)


Refreshments will be available after the forum until 5.30pm.


Street parking only.

Limited onsite parking available for people who require wheelchair access (please RSVP ahead of time to reserve your spot)

Public transport:

Bus stops outside the school.


Free event.


By Wednesday 14 March for catering purposes.

Please email Pemba/Michelle at  if you have any dietary requirements or if you require wheelchair access.

Event hosted by: Amnesty International, Oxfam Australia, Mums 4 Refugees and Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Event sponsored by: Thank you to Lourdes Hill College for generously sponsoring this event.

Event endorsed by: Refugee Council of Australia, Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) Network, Refugee and Immigration Legal Service, Romero Centre, Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, Australian Association of Social Workers – Qld Branch, Jesuit Social Services, Catholic Alliance For People Seeking Asylum, Doctors 4 Refugees, Asylum Circle/Communify, World Wellness Group, Love Makes A Way, Refugee Association of Logan, Unions 4 Refugees, Pax Christi International Peace Movement (Queensland), Refugees Welcome, Edmund Rice Centre, Buddies, Refugee Connect, Brisbane West Senior Citizens Centre, Refugee Action Collective, Ecumenical Social Justice Group Inc.

March 17, 2018 at 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College (walk through Gate 1)
86 Hawthorne Rd
Hawthorne , Queensland 4171
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17 March 2018
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Amnesty International
Oxfam Australia
Mums 4 Refugees
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre


Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College (walk through Gate 1)
86 Hawthorne Rd
Hawthorne, Queensland Australia
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