REFUGEE POLICY ‘Q&A’ EVENT Legally Defensible? A legal examination of refugee policies and associated implications


An ALHR Melbourne event not to be missed!

ALHR will host Anna Burke MP (Labor) and Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens) as they discuss their parties’ refugee policies and plans.  Joining them in discussion will be legal community stakeholders and experts in refugee law: Julian Burnside AO QC (Vic Bar),  David Manne (Refugee Legal)and Dr Savitri Taylor ​(La Trobe University). Together, this distinguished panel of speakers will answer questions from the audience and each other.

 ALHR thanks La Trobe University Law School for hosting.

ALHR advises that this event has now SOLD OUT!


Thursday 18 February 2016,
6:00pm for refreshments and a 6:30pmstart.


La Trobe University City Campus, Level 20, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne.


General Public $30
ALHR Members $15
Concession/Students $20

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Julian Burnside AO QC

Renowned Australian barrister, human rights advocate and author, Julian Burnside AO QC was awarded the 2014 Sydney Peace Prize for his brave and principled advocacy for human rights.  Most recently Julian Burnside has been arguing the case for asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia by boat fleeing conflict in their homelands. Burnside acted for the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties against the Australian government in the MV Tampa affair, arguing that Howard government’s treatment of those asylum seekers denied them rights afforded under the Migration Act and international treaties.  He is also a staunch opponent of indefinite, mandatory detention which current policy permits.

Anna Burke MP, member for Chisholm

Anna Burke has served as the elected representative for Chisholm (in Melbourne’s east) since the 1998 Federal Election and served as Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 43rd Parliament. As an active and approachable local Member of Parliament, Anna is well known throughout Chisholm and committed to assisting members of her local community.

Sarah Hanson-Young, Australian Greens Senator for South Australia

Sarah came to the Australian Greens because it was the only party with policies that care for people and the environment. Since taking up her seat in the Senate in July 2008 she has worked passionately on issues including refugee and migrant rights.With a background in activism and campaigning, Sarah has brought a strong human rights focus to her years in Parliament. She has long been an advocate for the abolition of offshore detention and for fairer treatment of people seeking asylum.

David Manne, Executive Director of Refugee Legal (formerly RILC)

David Manne is a human rights lawyer and migration agent who has worked in various capacities assisting refugees and asylum seekers for over 20 years. David sat on the Board of the Refugee Council of Australia for seven years, and currently sits on a number of other non-government Boards, including the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Ethics Committee, and peak Government consultative bodies. He has also been appointed to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Advisory Board of Eminent Persons. David has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Law Institute of Victoria Paul Baker Prize for Administrative and Human Rights Law and the Law Institute President’s Awards (2006 and 2011).

Dr Savitri Taylor, Associate Professor, La Trobe Law School

Dr Taylor is an Associate Professor of Law at La Trobe University.  Her area of research interest is refugee law and asylum policy at the national, regional and international level. Dr Taylor is Deputy Editor of  the refereed international relations journal Global, Change, Peace and Security  and an Editorial Board member of the refereed law journal Law in Context.  She is also very involved with the refugee sector in Australia and the region being, among other things, a member of the Management Committee of the Refugee and Immigration legal Centre Inc.  in Victoria and an individual member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.