Ask your friends and family to re-think refugees

Julian Burnside

Well known human rights lawyer and refugee advocate Julian Burnside spoke at a refugee forum held in Townsville last month.

Click here to listen to Julian’s address.

When asked what we could do his answer was to talk to people – find what their concerns are and address them.

This echoes research carried out by Amnesty International Australia (AIA) which shows that while many Australians have hostile attitudes to refugees, that many of these negative attitudes come from not knowing the facts – like the fact that it is legal to seek asylum by boat under Australian and international law.

The most powerful way to cut through confusion and misconceptions is a conversation with some they already trust – someone like you. Sitting down over a cuppa and asking a friend or family member to rethink refugees may seem daunting or too simple to be effective, but this act can be the most powerful path to real change.

It sounds a simple thing to do – but for many of us it can be quite difficult. There is a short video presentation on the AIA website.

Click here to view this video

Please take a few minutes to watch the presentation and let me know what you think.

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About peterhanley1

Peter Hanley has lived in North Queensland for more than 30 years. His interests include human rights, social justice, sustainability and community development. True North explores issues in these areas.
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