PUBLIC MEETING: ASYLUM SEEKERS

The Refugee Action Network Newcastle (RANN)

invites you to a:

  PUBLIC MEETING: ASYLUM SEEKERS

FACT vs. SPIN’

 SPEAKERS:

 SENATOR SARAH HANSON-YOUNG, Greens Spokesperson on Immigration

  MARK GOUDKAMP, of the Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney

 GLENY RAE, Newcastle participant in recent SBS documentary,

‘Go Back To Where You Came From’

  Chairperson: MICHAEL OSBORNE, Newcastle City Councillor

On: THURSDAY, AUGUST 4th, 2011, 7.30 – 9.30 pm

 At: NEWCASTLE LEAGUES CLUB AUDITORIUM,

 17 National Park Street, Newcastle West (opp. Spotlight)

Meals available at Club Bistro

(No disabled access, stairs only to 1st Floor)

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 ABOUT THE EVENT:

Both major parties are in a real mess over the asylum seeker issue, particularly in relation to boat people, mandatory detention, and the latest idea of exporting asylum seekers arriving on Australian shores to Malaysia . Unfortunately, fear and suspicion has grown among the Australian public.

IT’S TIME TO SEPARATE THE FACTS FROM THE SPIN AND TO TURN THE DEBATE AROUND!

The speakers will share their experiences, present the facts, and offer solutions to the current asylum seeker issue.

The meeting includes a Q and A session – an opportunity for you to raise your concerns and have your questions answered by the speakers.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Sarah Hanson-Young has been a Greens member of the Australian Senate since July 2008, representing South Australia , and is the youngest person ever elected as a Senator. She is the Australian Greens spokesperson on immigration and refugees.

Gleny Rae is a Newcastle resident who works as a part-time schoolteacher and singer. She recently participated in the SBS 3-part documentary ‘Go Back to Where You Came From’. Watched by over a half a million viewers each night, it followed six ordinary Australians who agreed to challenge their preconceived notions about refugees and asylum seekers by embarking on a confronting 25-day journey of a refugee.

Mark Goudkamp has been actively involved with the Refugee Action Coalition in Sydney since it formed in 2002. As an advocate he has gained a deep understanding of legal issues concerning asylum seekers. He recently visited Malaysia where he met with refugee support groups and visited detention centres. He works as a teacher of English as a second language.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit RANN at http://refugeeactionnetworknewcastle.blogspot.com/

Or ph Niko Leka on 0406 296 141 or email: niko@idl.com.au

or Beverley Symons, 4962 2160 or email: bevsym@gmail.com

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