Stage 1 of the project
The first stage is a collection of essays by an unprecedented range of Australian leaders in the law, military, human rights, religion and politics as well as refugees themselves, all seeking new ways of framing the public conversation about refugees and asylum seekers.
The views in the collection do not necessarily represent the views of Australia21. The goal in publishing them is to generate a broader community conversation about humane and reasonable possibilities that could encourage decision makers to examine the feasibility of a fresh new bipartisan approach on refugees and asylum seekers.
The publication was launched by Sir William Deane AC on 17 December 2013 in Canberra. To read the transcript of his address click Sir William Dean’s address.
How to get your copy of the essay collection
Download a free copy of Refugee and asylum seekers – Finding a better way. Purchase a hard copy of the 112 page book for $25 including postage here.
The second stage of this project will comprise produce a discussion paper to inform stage three which will be a roundtable of experts to suggest policy options.
There is a wide view in the community that we can manage refugee and asylum seeker issues more effectively and more humanely than at present. With the help of some of our country’s leading thinkers Australia21’s project aims to identify options for a better way.
Australia21 raised funds for this publication through crowdfunding using the Pozible platform. As part of the awareness raising campaign associated with stage one, Australia21 director Deb Lavis and Australia 21 Honorary Youth Adviser, Tom Merrett, created the video Ali’s Story (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtWwS1jv3qw) which tells the story of one refugee who came to Australia as an asylum seeker.
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