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World Refugee Day figures separate Australian myths from reality: Greens

The Australian Greens say figures released for World Refugee Day today put Australia’s share of the global challenge into perspective. “On World Refugee Day, the Greens renew their call for a fair go for refugees,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “Today we give thanks for generations of refugees who have helped improve Australia in a myriad of ways including our cultural, foods, sport, education and business worlds. “It’s important we keep the numbers in perspective because as the…

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2012 World Refugee Day Rally report – photos, video

Approximately 1300 people turned out to the Melbourne 2012 World Refugee Day rally held June 17.  The rally began at Parliament House and heard speeches from Aunty Diane Kerr, traditional owner; Jessie Taylor, Human rights lawyer; Godrey Yoganathan, Tamil refugee; Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens senator; John Gulzari, Hazara refugee; Yustin Papuana Motte, West Papuan refugee and Louise Connor, state secretary, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.  There were also performances by the Future of Rap and The Conch. The theme of the…

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Hanson-Young among thousands rallying around Australia this weekend* urging fairer go for refugees

Australians will attend rallies across the country today and tomorrow for World Refugee Day (officially June 20) in support of a fairer go for refugees. “The Australian Greens are working to put time limits on detention into legislation, because we know the current system is causing easily preventable mental and physical damage to already fragile people,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “We’ve legislation before parliament which sets time limits – as recommended by the recent parliamentary inquiry into…

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Team Africa to lead World Refugee Day Rally

Leading the World Refugee Day March and Rally on Sunday 17 June will be Team Africa, a group of young African footballers from refugee backgrounds, who are linked to the North Melbourne Football Club. The World Refugee Day Rally begins at 12 noon at Parliament House and will march at 1pm to Fitzroy Town Hall to link up with the Emerge multicultural festival. Speakers will be at Parliament House and also at the Emerge Festival. When the march leaves Parliament…

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Indo-Chinese organisations support World Refugee Day Rally

For the first time, a number of Indo-Chinese organisations will participate in the World Refugee Day rally in Melbourne. More than 100 organisations are supporting the World Refugee Day March and Rally on Sunday 17 June, 12 noon at Parliament House. After speakers, the rally will leave Parliament House at 1pm to march to Fitzroy Town Hall where the rally will link up with the Emerge multicultural festival. Speakers will be at both ends of the march. Refugee Advocacy Network…

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