Join the Human Rights PIC for a discussion with Australian Senator Lisa Singh facilitated by Professor Jacqueline Bhabha. Senator Singh is currently based at the UN in New York and was part of the recent UN Refugee Summit that committed member states to doing more to protect the rights of refugees.
Australia has a long history of accepting refugees with over 800,000 resettled in Australia since World War II who have gone on to make profound contributions to the community. However, consistent with recent global trends, immigration policy has hardened over the last two decades and focused inwards to domestic political opportunism. Against the backdrop of record numbers of displaced people, Senator Singh will reflect on what other nations can learn from Australia. The "Global Compact on Refugees", to be negotiated in 2018, presents the opportunity for nations to agree to immigration policy that shares responsibility, engenders public trust and ensures human rights for some of the world's most vulnerable people.
A light lunch will be provided.