Thursday, August 05, 2004

The Western Sydney Peace Group invites you to attend a public forum on:

"Refugees and Indigenous People in John Howard's Australia"

with guest speakers:

Senator Aden Ridgeway - (Democrats Senator for NSW)
Merlin Luck - (Big Brother Evictee and Refugee Activist)
Farshid Kerohallpour - (Iranian refugee)
Phil Glendenning - (Director of the Edmund Rice Centre)

Monday August 23rd – 7pm
St Marys Memorial Hall
Cnr Great Western Hwy and Mamre Rd, St Marys

The Indigenous and refugee rights movements in Australia have different histories and current realities. But the root cause of the problems is the same – expedient racist policy which ignores human consequences. Come along and get the latest information on these important issues.

About the speakers

Politician - Senator Aden Ridgeway, the only Indigenous Federal parliamentarian, visits Villawood immigration detention centre and is a vocal critic of current refugee and Indigenous policy. Senator Ridgeway will discuss the proposed abolition of ATSIC as well as current refugee and Indigenous policy changes being fought for by the Australian Democrats.

Advocate – Phil Glendenning is the director of the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education He is also the National President of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and has extensive experience in both Indigenous and refugee advocacy.

Refugee – Farshid Kerohallpour is an Iranian refugee who was detained in Curtin detention centre. Farshid uses his experiences to speak out against human rights abuses in current refugee policy.

Activist - Merlin Luck is travelling around the country talking at public events to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and Indigenous peoples in Australia. Merlin used his airtime on the Big Brother TV show to make a stand about refugee detention and Indigenous policy.

Details: 0404 273 313 – timothy.k.vollmer@uts.edu.au

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Hiroshima Day Rally 



Candlelight March to Archibald Fountain

Speakers include:
Senator Kerry Nettle, James Courtney, Peter Woods, Chris Harris, Bronwyn Marks

Contact: Bronwyn Marks 9982-4192

Cant make it into the city?

Join the Parramatta Peace Group for a candlelight vigil to mark Hiroshima Day

Friday August 6th - 5-7pm
Church St Mall, Parramatta

Bring a candle, and/or a placard.

Phone 0405 224 070 for more details.

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