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Members of Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) Castlemaine attended the awards ceremony for the Human Rights Commission in Sydney on 8 December.
RAR Castlemaine was a nominee in the Community Category.
As nominees, they were presented with their certificates at a morning tea at the Human Rights Commission.
They were welcomed by the President of the Human Rights Commission, Professor Rosalind Croucher.
A luncheon for five hundred people at the Westin Hotel followed where the awards were announced.
Each award was presented by a different Human Rights Commissioner.
Artist, Ben Quilty, was a nominee for the Human Rights Medal for his support of Myuran Sukurmaran, who was executed in Indonesia in 2015. Neither won in their categories. ‘But it was still a great honour for RAR Castlemaine to be nominated’, said Bev, Castlemaine RAR President. The winner of the Community Category was Blind Citizens Australia. Jonathan Thurston was the winner of the Human Rights Medal for his work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities in Queensland.
Speeches were given by Professor Croucher and by George Brandis, Federal Attorney General.
During the Attorney General’s speech, a small group with arms crossed and raised held a silent protest, in solidarity with the men on Manus Island.
Photo shows RAR members Ellen, Beverley, and Wes with Ben Quilty
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