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The Wheeler Centre – Local Lens: Refugees in Regional Australia

November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm AEDT

$10

In this panel discussion at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, we’ll consider a global issue through a local lens.

Mass human displacement is one of the most complex ethical and legal global challenges of our time. Australia’s response to asylum seeker arrivals has attracted controversy over the years, including criticism from the United Nations. Last year, the federal government commissioned a report into integration, employment, and settlement outcomes for refugees and humanitarian entrants. We’re still awaiting the results of this report.On a global and national scale, our humanitarian performance is under constant scrutiny. But how are we performing on a local level? Are asylum seekers who come to Australia getting adequate support and a real chance to thrive in their new communities? Ballarat is Victoria’s fastest growing regional city and a designated Refugee Welcome Zone. The city has a diverse and active migrant and refugee community, and a strong support from local leadership.
For this conversation, join human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, Ballarat refugee community mentor Deruka Dekuek,aged care worker Akua Ed Nignpense, plus host Prue Bentley, where they will ask:
How does the tenor of debate in Canberra – and the nature of all policies affecting humanitarian immigrants – affect the daily lives of refugees in places like Ballarat? And how does it impact the capacity for local communities to provide the support refugees need?
We’ll ask: How does the tenor of debate in Canberra – and the nature of all policies affecting humanitarian immigrants – affect the daily lives of refugees in places like Ballarat? And how does it impact the capacity for local communities to provide the support refugees need?

Julian Burnside

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

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

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.)

Details

Date:
November 20
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Cost:
$10
Website:
https://www.wheelercentre.com/events/local-lens-refugees-in-regional-australia

Organiser

The Wheeler Centre
Phone:
03 9094 7809
Email:
reception@wheelercentre.com
Website:
https://www.wheelercentre.com

Venue

BMI – Minerva Space
117-119 Sturt Street
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350 Australia
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Phone:
03 5331 3042