Join us at this important FORUM on Saturday 10 September:  2.00pm-3.15pm AEST

Attend ONLINE, or IN PERSON at St Paul’s Cathedral, corner Swanston & Flinders Street, Melbourne.  

All attendees are asked to register by Friday 9 September. After registering, you will receive confirmation email containing the link to join the online forum. Book your ticket here:

Or scan the following QR code

Our special guests in this forum will compare and contrast the way Australia and New Zealand have responded to people who have sought protection by exercising their right to seek asylum under the United Nations Convention on Refugees.

In 2001, the infamous standoff now known as the Tampa Incident brought the attention of the world to Australia’s refusal to allow entry to 433 people seeking asylum.  The ‘Pacific Solution’ was scrambled together by the Howard Government and so began two decades of suffering under the much criticised ‘offshore processing’ regime.  Since that time people who travelled by sea to seek asylum in Australia have suffered in appalling conditions in PNG and on Nauru, and continue to be refused permanent settlement here.  Thousands are still living with uncertain futures. 

See details here

This Forum is organsied by the Refugee Advocacy Network in conjunction with Academics for Refugees, St Paul’s Cathedral, Victorian Council of Churches, and Amnesty International Australia.