Dear supporters of refugee rights,
You may be aware that the 20th anniversary of the introduction of mandatory detention passed about a week ago. The Refugee Action Collective is marking this doleful occasion with a public meeting on Saturday 19th May. The details are below. You are invited to attend. If it is convenient please help us publicise the event by letting all of your members and contacts know about it. There is a flier attached you can print out. Let us all help to rid the nation of this scourge of mandatory detention, by informing people what it is and what is wrong with it.
Refugee Action Collective (Qld)
Ph: 3392 3843
PUBLIC FORUM: 20 years too long: why mandatory detention must end.
When: 2pm, Saturday 19th May.
Where: Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundary St, West End.
Getting there: Street parking. 199 bus from city.
This year marks 20 years since the introduction of mandatory detention. Before 1992 refugees who arrived by boat lived in the community while their claim for asylum was assessed. This forum looks at mandatory detention: how it was introduced, how governments use it, and its social and economic costs. All welcome.
Speakers include: Adele Rice, well-known Brisbane refugee rights advocate.
Dr Jane Hasler, sociologist and mental health professional.
A former detainee.
Further info: Paul, 3392 3843, paul .
mandatory detention 4.pdf