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The deck of MV Tampa, which was the blistering home of 433 refugees for too long, while the Howard government manipulated their fate

Tampa Day 2004: 26 August

Dear all,

Below is the schedule of the four events taking place in Perth, WA on Tampa Day 2004. The information below is believed to be correct as on 23 August 2004.

It appears that incorrect information about event TWO and THREE has been dissseminated by several people and groups. Below is the correct information. The 4:00pm - 5:30pm Roundtable Forum is a free event, and it is an event organised by the Law Faculty of the University of Sydney.


11 October 2003: Mary Crock: Where are we on the Refugee Highway? - If we become inured to the obvious suffering of those behind the razor wire, we will have lost our sense of decency as a nation. No matter what your politics, there must come a time when we stand up and say "this is not right".

One: 12:30pm - 1:30pm Women in Black/Amnesty/Project SafeCom Vigil FREE

A Vigil on the 3rd Anniversary of the Tampa incident

A Vigil on the 3rd Anniversary of the Tampa incident; to remember those who were on the Tampa, and to reflect on the rights of refugees.

Please wear black in solidarity with the Women in Black who meet here every Thursday in a vigil for peace and justice.

Come along in your lunch hour - even for a short time!

WHAT: A vigil on the 3rd anniversary of the Tampa incident
WHEN: 12.30 -1.30pm, Thursday, 26 August, 2004
WHERE: Corner of Hay & William Sts, Steps of Wesley Church, Perth city.

Two: 1:30pm - 4:00pm A Just Australia Forum Cost: $25.00 / $15.00 conc.


Dr Mary Crock, Chair of the Forum, has expressed to us that money should not prohibitive in attending this forum. In her words: "Tell people, don't worry about it, just come".

Sponsored by A Just Australia, this event will present the views of all the major political parties.

WHERE: The Wesley Centre, 93 William Street
(Corner William and Hay Street), PERTH

WHAT: Chair: Dr Mary Crock (Univ. of Sydney) & Howard Glenn (AJA);
Participating: for ALP: Mr Stephen Smith, Shadow Immigration spokesman; For DEMS: Brian Greig, Senator for WA; For GREENS: Rachel Siewert, Senate Candidate for WA; and others.

RSVP to Stephen Couling, Projects Manager, A Just Australia
Phone: (02) 9310 3900

Three: 4:00pm - 5:30pm The University of Sydney FREE
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The University of Sydney
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Faculty of Law

Invitation to the Western Australian Launch

Seeking Asylum Alone: The Experience of Unaccompanied and Separated Minors Seeking Asylum in Australia

Dr. Mary Crock of the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney invites you to participate in a roundtable discussion on the treatment and experiences of unaccompanied minors (or separated children) seeking asylum in Australia. The roundtable will be held at The Wesley Centre, 93 William Street Perth, on the afternoon of Thursday August 26th from 4pm to 5.30pm.

The roundtable arises from a one-year study funded by the Myer Foundation and undertaken by Dr. Mary Crock at the University of Sydney. The research tracked the journeys of fourteen young refugees who traveled from their homes alone to seek protection in Australia. The Report examines how these children came to Australia, how they were treated after they arrived and what has happened to them during the asylum seeking process.

This research is part of an international project on smuggled and trafficked children who seek asylum alone. The findings will contribute to the development of 'best practice' guidelines to help separated children all around the world. Our aim is to record the experiences of children in the countries that are part of the project, so as to identify and evaluate the laws and procedures used.

Dr. Crock will present the Australian research findings, which detail both the successes and failures of Australia's refugee determination system for these vulnerable young people.

The roundtable agenda is printed below. Please RSVP to: Ms Jessie Hohmann (02) 9351 0406;

Western Australia Roundtable

Seeking Asylum Alone: The Experience of Unaccompanied and Separated Minors Seeking Asylum in Australia

When: Thursday, 26th August 2004, 4pm - 5-30pm

Where: Wesley Centre 93 William Street Perth (Corner William and Hay Street)

4.00 - 4.15: Overview of the Project: Dr. Mary Crock, University of Sydney Faculty of Law

4.15 - 5.00: Seeking Asylum Alone: Report of the Pilot Project: Azadeh Dastyari and Jessie Hohmann, Researchers, University of Sydney Faculty of Law

5.00 - 5.30: The Re-application Process: Mary-Ann Kenny, Director, SCALES Murdoch University

RSVP to Jessie Hohmann - (02) 9351 0406

Four: 6:30pm for 7:00pm start Community Politics Forum FREE
Community Politics Forum

Amongst the issues addressed:

  • Does your party support Australia's ongoing military commitment to Iraq?
    What does your party believe should be done in Iraq?
  • Does your party support Australian's current relationship with the USA?
  • Does your party support the Free Trade Agreement with the United States of America?

Who: Political Candidates and Representatives

ALP: Dr Carmen Lawrence, Member for Fremantle
GREENS: Rachel Siewert, Senate Candidate for WA
SOC Alliance: Ian Jamieson, Senate Candidate
LIBS: Member/Speaker invited
DEMS: Dominika Lisowski

Where: Kulcha, South Terrace, Fremantle (next to DOME Cafe on the cappuccino strip)

Further details: Kate Davis, 0422 432 874 or by email