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Professor Gillian Triggs keynote for Refugee Week

Refugee support signs at Market Building

Find out about Refugee Week 2018 activities including a talk by human rights advocate Professor Gillian Triggs.

Thursday 14 June 2018

Human rights advocate Professor Gillian Triggs will speak at Castlemaine’s Phee Broadway Theatre on Monday 18 June as a highlight on the local Refugee Week program of activities.

The former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission was invited by Rural Australians for Refugees Castlemaine (RAR) to speak at the special Refugee Week event, and RAR Chairperson Beverly Campbell is delighted she accepted the invitation.

“Professor Gillian Triggs is a well-known and highly informed spokesperson for justice. Following RAR Castlemaine’s shortlisting for a Human Rights Award in 2017, this appearance by Professor Triggs is further acknowledgement of the work undertaken by our dedicated community,” said Ms Campbell.

Professor Triggs is a co-patron of RAR nationally. As the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission between 2012 and 2107, she came into public prominence with the release of the report The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention. Her current focus is the need for the development of an Australian Charter of Human Rights.

Refugee Week will run nationally from Sunday 17 June to Saturday 23 June. Activities aims to promote better understanding between different communities and encourage integration, to enable refugees to live in safety and continue to make a valuable contribution to Australia.

The Professor Gillian Triggs Keynote for Refugee Week will take place at the Phee Broadway Theatre from 5pm – 7pm on Monday 18 June. Entry is by donation. Bookings are essential via https://www.stickytickets.com.au/71043.

Other events include a concert, craft activities for children, a service of prayer, a Devonshire tea and a quiz night. The community is also invited to join RAR members for a vigil in solidarity with those in detention on World Refugee Day. The vigil will be held at the Market Building in Castlemaine from 4.30pm on Wednesday 20 June.

The program has been organised by Rural Australians for Refugees Castlemaine in partnership with Mount Alexander Shire Council, Friends of Castlemaine Library, Castlemaine Uniting Church, Anglican Parish of Castlemaine and Castlemaine Singers.

All donations collected during the week will be distributed between support for local refugee families, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project, and the Uniting Church Lentara House of Welcome for Refugees.

Visit the Rural Australians For Refugees website for the full program. Mount Alexander Shire was declared a Refugee Welcome Zone in 2014.


Refugee Week 2018 Program


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