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.
Chair of Suicide Prevention Australia
11 September (Spinifex Books)
SUNDAY 25 August
SUNDAY 25 August
Mr Zachary Steel, Clinical Psychologist, UNSW, refugee advocate
Mr Julian Burnside, QC, Human Rights barrister
A/Professor Donald Rothwell, Law Department, Sydney University
Chair: Ms Liz Biok, Human rights lawyer and other conference speakers
SATURDAY 24 August
Dr Eileen Pittaway, Director, Centre for Refugee Research, UNSW.
Dr Tony Kevin, Former Diplomat, Research Fellow, School of Asia-Pacific Studies, ANU
Mr Neville Roach, Chair of Fujitsu Australia,
Ms Margaret Piper, Executive Director,
Sister Susan Connolly, Mary McKillop Institute of East Timorese Studies
The Venerable Tejadhammo, Association of Engaged Buddhists
Ms Moira Rayner, Barrister, A/ Equal Opportunities Commissioner, WA.
TheTampa: One Year On
24 – 25 August 2002
University of Technology, Broadway, Sydney
Pax Christi Australia (NSW)
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
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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
Pax Christi 02 9818 8383 or 02 9550 3845
Buddhist Peace Fellowship 02 9560 3632
All proceeds will go to assist asylum seekers
Sponsoring organizations: Pax Christi Australia (NSW) and Buddhist Peace Fellowship,