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The Wheeler Centre – Local Lens: Refugees in Regional Australia
November 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm AEDT$10
Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister who specialises in commercial litigation and is also deeply involved in human rights work, in particular in relation to refugees. He is a former president of Liberty Victoria, and is also passionately involved in the arts: he is the chair of Melbourne arts venue fortyfivedownstairs, and is chair of the Mietta Foundation.
He has published a children’s book, Matilda and the Dragon, as well as Wordwatching, a collection of essays on the uses and abuses of the English language, and Watching Brief: reflections on human rights, law, and justice. He is also the editor of From Nothing to Zero, a compilation of letters written by asylum-seekers held in Australia’s detention camps.
Deruka Dekuek works within the local community of Ballarat, supporting the diverse refugee and migrant communities there. She embraces the different social and cultural experiences and diversity of her life in Australia and has been excited to work regionally. She currently works with the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, where she assists refugees and migrants to connect with support providers and find work opportunities.
Deruka is also an ambassador for CARE Australia, an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty. She is the mother of five children and has completed a Masters in Development Studies at Victoria University. She knows that she will one day complete a PhD.
Akua Ed Nignpense
Akua Ed Nignpense was born and raised in Ghana. She’s a nurse/midwife with over 30 years of experience working in hospitals and with various levels of communities. She later travelled to the UK, where she gained a Masters degree in Public Health. Akua migrated to Australia with her family and settled in Ballarat in 2008. Currently, she works in Aged Care at Ballarat Health Services, and in Ballarat Community Health, where she works with refugees and asylum seekers.
Prue Bentley is the Chief of Staff for ABC Ballarat and Southwest Victoria, overseeing the development of broadcast and digital content for two regional Victorian bureaus. As a broadcaster and reporter of 12 years, Prue has produced and presented local radio programs across Australia and news programs syndicated to the Asia-Pacific. Prue believes in the power of conversations to bring people together on the important issues, and the value of local communities to make meaningful change. She has recently joined the board of the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute with the aim of showing more people this wonderful community resource.
$10, plus a one-off transaction fee of $4.00 per order. ($2 from every ticket will go to Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council and Centre for Multicultural Youth Ballarat.)