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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.

What happened to the boundless plains? What happened to sharing?

This week is celebrated in Australia as Refugee Week. It is a week for us to celebrate the contribution made to our community by those who have come to Australia as refugees. It is also a good time to reflect … Continue reading

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Pathways to Protection or Persecution

In February this year I attended the Refugee Alternatives Conference held in Sydney and sponsored by the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA). One of the Highlights of the conference was the keynote address delivered Professor Gillian Triggs, the President of … Continue reading

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Images from the twelve days of Christmas 2016-7

First Day of Christmas – Christmas Day The lead story on the ABC news today was the heart warming story of PM Malcolm Turnbull with wife Lucy volunteering with wife Lucy at the community Christmas Dinner at the Wayside Chapel … Continue reading

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A life well lived

Last Friday I attended the Celebration of the life of Madge Sceriha. Madge has been an active member of our Amnesty group for more than ten years and active in her support of Human Rights causes for most of her … Continue reading

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Townsville Refugee Advocates meet with Federal MP Cathy O’Toole

On Wednesday 16 November, a delegation from local refugee advocacy organisations met with Cathy O’Toole, the member for the Townsville-based Federal electorate of Herbert. The group was made up of Meg Davis from Townsville Multicultural Support Group (TMSG), Dinithi Dissanayake … Continue reading

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Changing the conversation around Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Last week, Kon Karapanagiotidas presented the 2016 Human Rights lecture at James Cook University on the topic “How to champion human rights from a values based model of action and engagement”. In his address, Kon assured us that all the … Continue reading

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Young people show the way

Last Friday I attended the “Day of Diplomacy” held as part of the Young Diplomats Program (YDP), an annual event sponsored by the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University. The YDP commenced in 1997 as a … Continue reading

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