Tag Archives: Amnesty International

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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Responding to Reclaim Australia

Several weeks ago it was announced that Pauline Hanson will be the guest speaker at the Reclaim Australia rally to be held in Townsville on Sunday 22 November. This announcement was met with great jubilation by people posting on the … Continue reading

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Not in our name please Scott Morrison

On a recent visit to Sydney I attended a panel discussion on refugees and asylum seekers sponsored by the Pennant Hills AIA group. The first speaker was Graeme McGregor, the refugee campaigner for Amnesty International Australia (AIA). Graeme visited the … Continue reading

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Ask your friends and family to re-think refugees

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 … Continue reading

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Serendipity – what do an Indian cartoonist, Peter Reith and the Opera House have in common?

This morning I came across a reflection piece on the Amnesty International Australian homepage about Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi who was recently arrested and charged with “sedition” for his caricatures of government institutions in India. I immediately thought of my … Continue reading

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