As you probably know, refugee policy is a fiercely contested field of Australian political discourse. The major parties use politicised, dehumanised language to talk about some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in the world – those who are seeking asylum. Our refugee rhetoric is damaging, socially alienating and ethically flawed.
So, on Wednesday 21 May, BFU will host a panel discussion and community Q&A on the ins-and-outs of refugee policy: ethics, law, community sentiment, culture and politics.
Dr. Peter Billings is a Senior Lecturer at TC Beirne School of Law at UQ. His research interests are public law, immigration and refugee law, Indigenous Australian law and policy and administrative law.
Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter is an academic at UQ. He has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia since 2010, and he’s about to take up a Discovery Early Career Research Award to produce an in-depth ethnography of the refugee experience in Malaysia.
The discussion and Q&A will be facilitated by Brisbane-based activist, writer and lawyer, Marissa Dooris.
When? Wednesday 21 May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where? Carpark under Westpac Bank, 89-91 Boundary Street, West End.