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The 2nd RAR Annual Conference

Albury Town Centre

RAR CONFERENCE - PROGRAM

Charles Sturt University
City Campus

Nowik Theatres
Guinea Street, Albury NSW
6-8 February 2004

inquiries and bookings:
Frank Johnson 0400 322 599
[ fjohnson @ uhchs.vic.gov.au ]
or write to Albury-Wodonga RAR, PO Box 197, Wodonga VIC 3689
Thursday 5th February:

"on the border"

an Exhibition of local and Refugee art - Special Opening 6.00 pm
Creators Artspace - Gateway Village, Albury Wodonga

Friday 6th February


1.00 - 4.00
Early Bird Workshops The RAR Web Site
Jack H Smit, Project SafeCom Inc.
Delivering on Trust - Working with Refugees
Assoc Prof Nicholas Procter
4.00 - 6.00 Registration
5.30 - 7.00 Drinks
7.00 - 8.00 Play: "Refugitive" written and performed by Shahin Shafaei

Saturday 7th February

9.00 - 9.05 Welcome Prof. Gail Whiteford, Head of Campus CSU
9.05 - 9.10 Welcome to Country
Official Opening
Nancy Rooke
Councillor Pat Gould, Mayor of Albury
9.10 - 9.20 Introduction to the Conference Dr. Penny Vine
9.20 - 9.50 OPENING ADDRESS "Why It Is Important" - Fr. Frank Brennan SJ
9.50 - 10.20   History of RAR - Helen McCue
RAR people on RAR: Sally Rose (Bright), Ian Skiller (Kerang), Marilyn Webster (Albury/Wodonga)
10.20 - 10.50 Morning Tea
10.50 - 11.20 Keynote Paris Aristotle Nowik 1
Julian Burnside QC Nowik 2
11.20 - 12.20 Parallel workshops on themes Working with Refugees - RAR dynamos: Bernadette Wauchope, Emma Corcoran, Jenny Bourne
How do we go about successful submissions to the RRT and other advocacy groups? - Peter Job
Political lobbying - Marc Purcell, Catholic Commission for Justice, Development & Peace and Sarina Greco, Brotherhood of St Lawrence
Advocacy - Kate Gauthier ChilOut (Children out of Detention)
12.20 - 13.00 Plenary Feedback from Workshops
13.00 -13.45 LUNCH
13.45 - 15.00 Policy roundtable
(Session Chair - Dr Penny Vine)

Chair Margaret Reynolds

  • Michel Gabaudan UNCHR
  • Stephen Smith MP (?)
  • Senator Andrew Bartlett
  • Senator Kerry Nettle
15.00 - 15.30 Keynote Changing the System - Cheikh Kone Nowik 1
Getting the Message Out
Detention, Mental health and Health Policy
- Dr Louise Newman (Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists)
Nowik 2
15.30 - 16.00 Keynote Working with Refugees - Pascale Allotey Nowik 1
Getting message out - Karima Haroon Nowik 2
16.00 - 16.30 Afternoon Tea
16.30 - 17.30 Parallel workshops on themes Visiting Detainees - Pamela Curr, Greens Spokesperson for Refugees
TPV's - Lara McKinlay, RAR National TPV Campaign
Winning Friends for Refugees - Steve Biddulph, Author & Psychologist
The Supporter and the Activist - Jack Smit
17.30 - 18.30 Free Time
18.30 - 20.30 Drinks & Dinner
20.30 - 21.30 After dinner Reflections - tba

Sunday 8th February

9.00 - 9.10 Welcome and Overview Day 2 - Saturday Workshop Reports
Chair - Bruce Haigh
9.10 -9.40 Keynote Meeting our responsibilities
Elizabeth Reid
Nowik 1
Why SIEV X still matters
Tony Kevin - SIEV X whistleblower
Nowik 2
9.40 - 10.10 Keynote Changing the System
Morag Fraser - Editor
Nowik 1
Working with Refugees
David Mann - Solicitor & Migration Agent
Nowik 2
10.10 - 10.40 MORNING TEA
10.40 - 11.45 Parallel workshops on themes Asylum seekers in the community - Mario Gonzales
Dealing with the Media - Tony Wright, The Bulletin
Political Lobbying - Marc Purcell, Sarina Greco
Me, Myself, I and Refugees in my World
- Dr. Penny Vine & Associate Prof Nicholas Procter
11.45 - 12.45 Panel discussion & plenary
12.45 - 13.45 RAR National Committee - Summary of issues raised
14.00 - 14.30 Meeting of issue groups
14.30 - 15.15 Plenary session - Future directions

AFTERNOON TEA

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