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Labor for Refugees New South Wales

20 November 2018


Dear <<First Name>> 

Next L4R Meeting

For November only, L4R will hold its monthly meeting next TUESDAY 27 NOVEMBER AT 6PM (NOT WEDNESDAY), in the Boardroom on Level 36, State Chambers, 52 Martin Place, Sydney (entrance from Phillip St). 

If you have any problem gaining access to the 36th floor, please call me on my mobile 0404 532 249 when you arrive.

The link to the minutes for our previous meeting follows L4RMin24Oct18


For our November meeting, we invited every ALP National Conference Delegate from NSW, who may wish to know what changes to Labor's refugee policies L4R is promoting and why, to come along and participate in our meeting.  This is an opportunity for all Delegates to ask questions and express their views about the Party's refugee policies.

The letter we sent to our National Conference Delegates inviting them to attend our meeting also asked all National Delegates to support two motions at Conference.  Our letter can be viewed at L4RMotionsForNatConDel18

ALP National Conference

Labor's National Conference will take place on the 16/17/18 December 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  It will include fringe events, exhibitions and stalls. 

Our L4R Fringe Event will take place:

Date:                       Monday 17 December
Time:                      11.30am-12.30pm
Subject:                  "A Global Perspective on the Refugee Crisis" 
Keynote speaker:   Tim Costello, Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia

Details can be found on our leaflet at L4RFringeEventNatCon17Dec18

As a last minute addition, we have received confirmation that another speaker will be on our panel of refugees:

Mohammad Al-Khafaji was CEO of Welcome to Australia and is now Director of Strategy & Engagement with the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia.


There are no less than three refugee-related fringe events plus an exhibition in the foyer on refugees.  They are all being promoted by the ALP under the title of "Exploring Refugee Policy"

The ALP Fringe Coordinator did an excellent job ensuring that none of these events clashed with each other and L4R is encouraging those attending conference, to participate in as many of these refugee-related fringe events as possible.

In addition to our own L4R Fringe Event, there is an event by Save the Children on the topic of Community Sponsorship of Refugees and another one organised by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).  The full Fringe programme is not yet available.

If you are attending Conference, please don't forget to also visit our L4R STALL and say hello to our volunteers.  We will have our L4R merchandise available and will be giving away L4R badges.



All We Can't See: Illustrating the Nauru Files exhibition will have works from the show hanging in the main reception foyer at Labor's National Conference.
All We Can't See features artworks by 50 leading Australian artists responding to incident reports from Nauru detention centre in order to raise awareness about the unacceptable human cost of Australia's offshore processing policies.

Participating artists include Ben Quilty, Abdul Abdullah, Janet Laurence, Caroline Rothwell, Hoda Afshar, Alex Seton and many more. 

See the promotion of this event which appears on the Conference website at the link NauruFilesExhibitionALPNatConf
On Sunday 16th December at 4pm they will also be hosting an opening reception for the exhibition which will take place
in Riverbank Foyer 5 of the Convention Centre.


Book Launch for Behrouz Boochani

A number of L4R members attended the union movement book launch of Behrouz Boochani's book "No Friend but the Mountains" organised by Unions for Refugees which took place on 30 October last.  In addition to Behrouz appearing live on screen from Manus Island, guest speakers were ACTU President Michele O'Neil and Chief Executive of the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance Paul Murphy. The event was very moving and the courage Behrouz showed in such dire circumstances, moved us all. 

Labor for Refugees purchased a few of his books and we highly recommend you also purchase it, not only to support Behrouz, but because it's an excellent read.   We used Booktopia to make our purchase online at


Scholarships for People Seeking Asylum

Good news! 
The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is the first University to offer Asylum Seeker Tuition Fee Scholarships for 2019 (3 for the 2019 intake) for the current year 12 asylum seeker students (ie those sitting for this year’s year 12 exams).
This is for Bridging Visa E asylum seekers
·         QTAC assistances
·         All uni fees free
·         Minimum of $3500/year scholarship etc
The scholarship details are available in the flyer via the link
:  QutAsylumSeekerScholarships


Nizza Siano
Secretary L4R NSW

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