Update: Listen to the audio recording of this talk given by Sandra Bartlett (podcast link added 10 June 2015)
Hugh Mackay, respected social researcher and author recently spoke out for asylum seekers
‘Perhaps we don’t realise that the trickle of hapless asylum seekers coming to Australia is a mere drop in the ocean of misery that is the global refugee problem. Tens of millions of people, tonight, have nowhere to call home – at least, nowhere to call a home that is safe and secure. How can we escape our moral responsibility to respond to the cry for help from the few who have made it to our shores? (ABC TV’s The Drum)
In an effort to answer some of the questions and dispel the myths behind this complex and divisive issue, Sandra Bartlett presented ‘Asylum Seekers – the human reality’ as one of our regular ‘Lunch & Listen’ events at Spearwood Library.
Sandra has not only carried out extensive academic research into the question but as a Caseworker for asylum seekers living in Perth knows firsthand the challenges faced by refugees in their adopted country. With facts and statistics she was able to put some of the misconceptions to rest and remind the audience that every refugee is a human being not just a number.
We have Hugh Mackay’s book ‘The Art of Belonging’ as well as others which highlight the human face of asylum seekers.
- The people smuggler – Robin De Crespigny
- The undesirables – Mark Isaacs
- Confessions of a people smuggler – Dawood Amiri
- Human rights overboard – Linda Briskman, Susie Latham and Chris Latham
- A country too far – Thomas Keneally and Rosie Scott
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