Australia is in a bind about refugees and asylum seekers. Although the scale of our problems is tiny compared to many other countries, these issues generate huge political heat.
While some voters are satisfied that boats are being turned back, this does not prevent widespread concern about the conditions of offshore detention. Discussion at times seems futile as issues of law and principle clash with political expediency and entrenched positions.
Can we break the deadlock that has seen refugee policy become a political football?
Join Gillian Triggs, international legal expert Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, Huy Truong and Paris Aristotle for a positive conversation about what a just, lawful and humane approach could look like.
Presented by UNSW Sydney Grand Challenges Program and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law
Paris Aristotle AO
Paris Aristotle is the CEO of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc (Foundation House) and has over 25 years’ experience working with refugees and asylum seekers and providing services to survivors of torture and trauma. He has worked closely with UNHCR on refugee resettlement and served on a wide range of state and federal government bodies including the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers in 2012. He became an AM in 2002, was awarded AO in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours and has been named the 2017 Victorian Australian of the Year.
Guy S. Goodwin-Gill
Guy S. Goodwin-Gill is Professor of Law at UNSW and will be Acting Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law from mid-2017. He is also Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law of the University of Oxford, and practises as a barrister from Blackstone Chambers in London. He has published widely in areas including international refugee law and human rights law and was the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law.
Professor Gillian Triggs was the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012–17. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney and was also Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Professor Triggs combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice in areas including World Trade Organization law and human rights.
Huy Truong came to Australia by boat in 1978 as a Vietnamese refugee. He has since developed a diverse business career as a management consultant, venture capitalist, corporate executive and entrepreneur. He is currently CEO and co-owner of the ALI Group and a Founding Director of Thrive Refugee Enterprise. He was a pioneer of the Australia e-commerce industry and was recognized as the Australian Financial Review Ecommerce Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000.