The Tampa:

one year on

 

The Tampa 'crisis' marked a definitive moment in Australia's history, when we as a nation moved from being seen as a compassionate country with a strong tradition of human rights to one characterized by xenophobia and fear of difference.

The campaign of vilification and harsh treatment of asylum seekers has seriously undermined the community's capacity to respond compassionately to the plight of the less fortunate in our midst. It has become easier in public discourse to 'blame the victim' and to appeal to baser instincts such as xenophobia.

The conference will explore the consequences of the Tampa crisis, in terms both of the individuals whose lives have been so cruelly disrupted by Australian government policy and of its social and moral consequences for the entire Australian community.

It aims to help our national community recover its responsiveness not only towards asylum seekers, but to other social injustices as well.

Conference Program

  • 3.55 4.20: The deal for children
Dr Michael Dudley, Child Psychiatrist,
Chair of Suicide Prevention Australia

  • 4.20 4.40: Questions
  • 4.45 5.30: Peace Ritual: Sydney Zen Centre
  • Book Launch

11 September (Spinifex Books)
Time to be confirmed

SUNDAY 25 August

  • 9.00 9.30 Refugee Voices
  • 10.00 10.2 Working with people in detention

Mr Zachary Steel, Clinical Psychologist, UNSW, refugee advocate

  • 10.25 10.50: Refugee voices
  • 10.50 11.15: Questions
  • 11.15 11.45: Morning tea
  • 11.45 12.10: Tampa: Human Rights all at sea.

Mr Julian Burnside, QC, Human Rights barrister

  • 12.10 12.35: Implications of the Tampa incident in international law

A/Professor Donald Rothwell, Law Department, Sydney University

  • 12.35 12.45: Questions
  • 12.45 2.00: Lunch
  • 2.00 2.25: Dr Mary Crock, Lecturer, Law Department, Sydney University
  • 2.25 3.30: Panel Discussion The Way Forward

Chair: Ms Liz Biok, Human rights lawyer and other conference speakers

  • 3.30: Closing ceremony

 

SATURDAY 24 August

  • 9.00 9.30: Registration
  • 9.30 9.45: Welcome and Setting the Scene
  • 9.45 10.10: Perspectives on the World

Dr Eileen Pittaway, Director, Centre for Refugee Research, UNSW.

  • 10.10 10.30: The Pacific Solution: the story of the community that drowned

Dr Tony Kevin, Former Diplomat, Research Fellow, School of Asia-Pacific Studies, ANU

  • 10.35 10.45: Questions
  • 10.45 11.15: Morning tea
  • 11.15 11.40: The Tampa and its impact on Australian multiculturalism

Mr Neville Roach, Chair of Fujitsu Australia,
Deputy Chair SBS

  • 11.40 12.05: The consequences for refugees in Australia

Ms Margaret Piper, Executive Director,
Refugee Council of Australia

  • 12.05 12.45: Panel discussion and questions
  • 12.45 - 2.00 pm: Lunch
  • 2.00 2.25: How the human spirit responds to oppression.

Sister Susan Connolly, Mary McKillop Institute of East Timorese Studies

  • 2.25 2. 50: A Buddhist perspective on human rights

The Venerable Tejadhammo, Association of Engaged Buddhists

  • 2.50 - 3.15: Questions
  • 3.15 - 3.30: Afternoon Tea
  • 3.30- 3.55: The Lost Children - Responsibility for young asylum-seekers

Ms Moira Rayner, Barrister, A/ Equal Opportunities Commissioner, WA.

 

 

Registration Form

Speakers

TheTampa: One Year On

24 25 August 2002

Tower Building

University of Technology, Broadway, Sydney

 

 

Pax Christi Australia (NSW)

Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Name: ________________________________

Address: ________________________________

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Email: ________________________________

Tel: ______________________________

Cost:

Weekend: $120.00

unwaged/student: $ 70.00

Day: $ 60.00

unwaged/student: $ 35.00

Please make cheques or money orders out to Tampa One Conference and send to:

Pax Christi, PO Box A681, Sydney South, NSW 1235

Places are limited, so please book early

Further information:

Pax Christi 02 9818 8383 or 02 9550 3845

Buddhist Peace Fellowship 02 9560 3632

All proceeds will go to assist asylum seekers

 

  • Dr Eileen Pittaway, Director, Centre for Refugee Research, University of NSW
  • Dr Tony Kevin, Research Fellow, School of Asia-Pacific Studies, ANU
  • Mr Neville Roach, Chair of Fujitsu Australia, Deputy Chair of SBS
  • Ms Margaret Piper, Executive Director, Refugee Council of Australia
  • Sr Susan Connolly, Mary McKillop Institute of East Timorese Studies
  • Venerable Tejadhammo, Association of Engaged Buddhists
  • Dr Michael Dudley, Child Psychiatrist, Chair of Suicide Australia
  • Ms Moira Rayner, Barrister, A/ Equal Opportunities Commissioner, WA
  • Mr Julian Burnside, QC, human rights advocate
  • Associate Professor Donald Rothwell, Law Department, Sydney University
  • Dr Mary Crock, Law Department, Sydney University
  • Mr Zachary Steel, Clinical Psychologist, medical researcher, refugee advocate.
  • Former detainees

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsoring organizations: Pax Christi Australia (NSW) and Buddhist Peace Fellowship,