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Public Forum: Labor and Refugees – Pathways to Change

By 16 March 2014 12

18 March 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Yvette Berry invites you to this Refugee Action Committee event.

6:30PM on Tuesday, 18 March
Manning Clark Centre, Lecture Theatre 4, Australian National University

Federal Labor supports mandatory detention for asylum seekers, offshore detention on Manus Is. and Nauru and the rejection of all coming by boat. But many Labor members and supporters do not. This forum features Labor members who are critical of the Federal policy on refugees and asylum seekers discussing how the policy can be changed.

Speakers:
Senator Sue Lines (Labor Senator, WA);
Yvette Berry (Labor Member for Ginninderra, ACT Assembly);
Kim Sattler (Secretary, Unions ACT);
RAC Speaker – TBA.

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12 Responses to Public Forum: Labor and Refugees – Pathways to Change
#1
Madmax9:56 pm, 09 Apr 14

The current Liberal government policy is spot on. I’m not a Liberal supporter but this is the one thing I agree on with the current Abbott government. Please carry on with Operation Sovereign Border.

#2
Ben_Dover7:21 am, 10 Apr 14

Has anyone else seen the “Refugees; Breaking the silence” posters about town?

Silence? SILENCE? Do we ever hear about anything else ???

si·lence

noun
1.absence of any sound or noise; stillness.
2.the state or fact of being silent; muteness.
3.absence or omission of mention, comment, or expressed concern: the conspicuous silence of our newspapers on local graft.
4.the state of being forgotten; oblivion: in the news again after years of silence.
5.concealment; secrecy.

#3
dungfungus8:43 am, 10 Apr 14

Ben_Dover said :

Has anyone else seen the “Refugees; Breaking the silence” posters about town?

Silence? SILENCE? Do we ever hear about anything else ???

si·lence

noun
1.absence of any sound or noise; stillness.
2.the state or fact of being silent; muteness.
3.absence or omission of mention, comment, or expressed concern: the conspicuous silence of our newspapers on local graft.
4.the state of being forgotten; oblivion: in the news again after years of silence.
5.concealment; secrecy.

The “celebrity refugees” that we see regularly making accusations of their human rights being abused are certainly not silent when an ABC or SBS camera/microphone is pointed at them.

#4
housebound8:51 am, 10 Apr 14

Dear Yvette: I am glad to see you have so much time on your hands as a local MLA to be able to put energy into these sorts of national issues. They are very important. Do you think you could also put some time into responding to constituents’ correspondence and following up on promises to do things? Thank you.

#5
Postalgeek10:51 am, 10 Apr 14

In a couple of decades time people on both sides of the political spectrum will look back on these days with nostalgia, should predictions about a pending global food crisis and subsequent wars and mass migration be correct.

There is always room for it to get uglier, and starker.

#6
dungfungus11:20 am, 10 Apr 14

Postalgeek said :

In a couple of decades time people on both sides of the political spectrum will look back on these days with nostalgia, should predictions about a pending global food crisis and subsequent wars and mass migration be correct.

There is always room for it to get uglier, and starker.

In the meantime, population sustainability is not on the UN’s agenda. Not mentioned on your post either.

#7
pajs11:52 am, 10 Apr 14

dungfungus said :

In the meantime, population sustainability is not on the UN’s agenda. Not mentioned on your post either.

Umm, you do realise the UN does a heap of practical work to encourage contraception, family planning, the education of women & girls etc, very much for the purpose of a sustainable population level?

#8
laraeddy11:59 am, 10 Apr 14

Sorry, Ben_Dover (#2), but I reckon the “5. concealment; secrecy” bit of the definition is exactly what is going on.

Apparently we have appointed (and I imagine, paid – as it right) an independent person to look into how a young man got killed up there on Manus Island – http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/10/manus-island-riot-full-report-by-australian-official-may-not-be-released. But now the two governments concerned get to ‘cook the books’ before that report gets released to us, the taxpayers
who paid for it ?? Let’s imagine a couple of everyday crims being settled into a nice lounge out the back of the station while they cobble up their joint record of interview. Can’t see it happening ? Me either.

Sounds like a whole lot of ‘concealment’ to me.

Curiously, I understand that most of the journos up on the Hill will tell you that, before Sept last year, it was nigh on impossible to avoid a certain Opposition spokesperson getting in your face every day wanting to talk about refugees. My how that enthusiasm has cooled since !

#9
justin heywood1:53 pm, 10 Apr 14

“Pathway to Change”?

Pathway to political suicide perhaps. In my view the Greens have already captured the people who, strangely, are passionately hoping for the return of the flotillas of sinking boats.

With a strongly right-wing government in power, I think that the real opportunity for Labor lies in a shift to the political centre, not a lurch to the Left.

I don’t believe forums like these are anything more than grandstanding. Two of the speakers are Labor politicians – if they don’t already know why things don’t change, they probably won’t find the answer at the Manning Clark Centre.

It’s always been more about political posturing than the plight of genuine refugees.

#10
IrishPete10:34 pm, 10 Apr 14

justin heywood said :

“Pathway to Change”?

Pathway to political suicide perhaps. In my view the Greens have already captured the people who, strangely, are passionately hoping for the return of the flotillas of sinking boats.

With a strongly right-wing government in power, I think that the real opportunity for Labor lies in a shift to the political centre, not a lurch to the Left.

I don’t believe forums like these are anything more than grandstanding. Two of the speakers are Labor politicians – if they don’t already know why things don’t change, they probably won’t find the answer at the Manning Clark Centre.

It’s always been more about political posturing than the plight of genuine refugees.

If you find it strange that a group of people would not agree with indefinite detention of childrenm, women and men in tropical concentration camps, then I suggest the strangeness lies with you.

If you think The Greens want people to arrive by dangerous boat journey, then you have failed to do your research. Start with the Greens website for their (our) policies. Don’t expect to read an accurate representation of them in any media, but particularly not the Murdochtroid media.

#11
Masquara9:19 am, 11 Apr 14

What is the point of having a panel who all agree with each other? This is the sort of ‘disappeared up its own arse’ approach that gives the arch-left a bad name.

#12
VYBerlinaV8_is_back11:01 am, 11 Apr 14

Masquara said :

What is the point of having a panel who all agree with each other? This is the sort of ‘disappeared up its own arse’ approach that gives the arch-left a bad name.

Spot on.

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