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Breaking the Deadlock - Creating Solutions for Refugees

Arranged by the Kaldor Centre for International Law. Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre. Tickets $30 or $20 concession. More information; Sydney Opera House. A few of us have already booked, it would be great to have a 'sea' of purple. We have booked seats 10-14 in row H, and seats 10-11 in row J. If you plan on coming, try for seats near the ones already booked.  We are planning to meet outside Circular Quay Station at 5.45pm and walk together, with a banner, to the Opera House.

An evening of positive discussion about fresh approaches to Australia’s refugee policies, hosted at the Sydney Opera House by the Kaldor Centre and the UNSW Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants.

Australia is in a bind about refugees and asylum seekers. Although the scale of our challenge is small compared to many other countries, it sparks intense political heat.

Principles clash with political expediency. Some voters are satisfied that boats are being turned back. Some are ashamed about the conditions of our offshore processing centres. Many believe that discussion is futile. Well-worn assumptions have closed off thinking about urgently needed new approaches.

Can we break the deadlock? How can we offer protection to those who seek refuge in our region? 

Broadcaster Linda Mottram will lead a conversation with Paris Aristotle AO, Professor Gillian Triggs, Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill and Huy Truong about what a just, lawful and humane approach to refugees could look like.

“Australia may try to shift people and responsibilities, but when it comes to international law, Australia can run, but it can't hide.” – Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill


Earlier Event: 13 August
Diary date: City2Surf