Julian Burnside, AO QC, the acclaimed “Australian National Living Treasurer” winner of the Sydney Peace Prize, and highly regarded long-term advocate for asylum seekers and refugees has agreed to become our honourary Patron … Thank you Julian, and welcome aboard … officially.
Message from Julian Burnside:
Rural Australians for Refugees have been calling for a fair go for refugees ever since the infamous Tampa event, when the Pacific Solution was created and 438 asylum seekers rescued by the Norwegian cargo ship Tampa were forcibly diverted to Nauru.
Since then, these local groups have persisted in their work; visiting refugees, raising money for their food, clothing and shelter and holding public meetings that draw attention to more compassionate policy options.
To my observation, RAR has been the most impressive and dedicated group supporting refugees. What they have done is little short of inspirational.
RAR has my greatest admiration and my full support.