Open community forum: Fair go for refugees and people seeking asylum

When people seek asylum, they, like all of us, need a home where they can live in freedom and safety. If any of us found ourselves vulnerable or in danger, we’d like to know that we could seek help and a safe place.

Successive Federal Governments have chosen to implement policies that deny the rights of people seeking asylum to a fair, transparent, accountable and timely assessment process.

As a result, many people are living in ‘limbo’ in our communities and in detention centres or faced with the threat of being forcibly returned to harm by our Government.

The forum will discuss the current situation of refugees and people seeking asylum, and the role of community members to get on the #RightTrack, in a constructive and solutions-focused way. #RightTrack is a grassroots, community owned and led national movement, resourced by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

All community members are welcome to attend. Please bring along a friend or family member who is interested in finding out more.

Speakers and Q&A panellists:

Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM (CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)

Mojgan Shamsalipoor (Young woman seeking safety in Australia)
with Jessica Walker (Convenor of Teachers For Refugees and People Seeking Asylum)

Pemba Amuri (Community Engagement and Organising Manager at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, refugee and Congolese pro-democracy activist)

Sally Dodds (Queensland Convenor of Mums 4 Refugees)

Additional speakers:

Rebecca Buttenshaw (Activism Support Coordinator for Amnesty International) 

Emily Dowling (Community Campaigner at Oxfam Australia)


Refreshments will be available after the forum until 5.30pm.


Street parking only.

Limited onsite parking available for people who use wheelchairs (please RSVP ahead of time to reserve your spot).

Public transport:

Bus stops outside the school.


Free event.


By Wednesday 14 March for catering purposes.

Please email Pemba/Michelle at if you have any dietary requirements or if you use a wheelchair. 

Event hosted by: Amnesty International, Oxfam Australia, Mums 4 Refugees and Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Event sponsored by: Thank you to Lourdes Hill College for generously sponsoring this event. 

Event endorsed by: Refugee Council of Australia, Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) Network, Refugee and Immigration Legal Service, Romero Centre, Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, Australian Association of Social Workers – Qld Branch, Doctors 4 Refugees, Asylum Circle/Communify, World Wellness Group, Love Makes A Way, Refugee Association of Logan, Unions 4 Refugees, Pax Christi International Peace Movement (Queensland), Edmund  Rice Centre, Buddies, Refugee Connect, Brisbane West Senior Citizens Centre, Refugee Action Collective, Ecumenical Social Justice Group Inc. 

March 17, 2018 at 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College (walk through Gate 1)
86 Hawthorne Rd
Hawthorne , Queensland 4171
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Pemba Amuri and Michelle McDonald · · 0403 277 279 (Pemba)

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