Hosted by Uniting Network Australia, and Pitt St Uniting Church
The conversation on LGBTIQ refugees demands immediate attention. There is an increasing number of asylum claims based on gender or sexual orientation, yet a narrowing of the political and media conversation about race and refugees in Australia.
Whether it is providing better care, support and rights to LGBTIQ refugees within the current system or whether it is changing the political landscape of Australia so that our nation can be a welcoming refuge for those fleeing persecution based on gender or sexuality, this forum will centre on the provocation that Australia can do more.
A panel of experts will explore some of the unique challenges faced by many LGBTQI refugees, outline the current complex policy landscape and propose strategies for long, medium and immediate term action to make our Australia a place of inclusiveness and refuge from gender violence and violence based on sexual orientation.
NB: This is a secular discussion. People from all walks of life are invited to attend.
Rev. Dr. Margaret Mayman (Minister Pitt St Uniting Church)
Professor Dennis Altman (Institute for Human Security and Social Change La Trobe University)
Che Bishop (Chief Operating Officer, Asylum Seekers Centre)
Imam Nur Warsame (Marhaba Melbourne)
Tina Posunkina (Refugee Advice and Casework Service)
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs (President, Human Rights Commission)
Event Date: Wednesday 24th February 2016
Event Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Pitt Street Uniting, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney 2010