with Andrew Kaldor AM and Renata Kaldor AO,
Founders, Centre for International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales
Send them back to where they came from?
For the first time since the end of the Second World War, the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has exceeded 50 million and if recent polls are to be believed, Australians don't want to help. A nationwide opinion poll by UMR Research shows that 59 per cent of people think most boat arrivals are not genuine refugees. And a strong majority of Australians, 60 per cent, also want the Abbott government to “increase the severity of the treatment of asylum seekers.”
At our next Monday Club Lunch we are honoured to host arts philanthropists Andrew Kaldor and his wife Renata. The couple want to change the refugee conversation. Both arrived in Australia as refugees, in circumstances not dissimilar to the asylum seekers of today. Mr Kaldor's family had escaped Hungary with the help of people smugglers and forged documents, while his Prague-born wife and her family were fleeing the Communist takeover in Czechoslovakia.
Uneasy with the attitude towards asylum seekers in Australia, the Kaldors have started the world's first academic institution specialising in international refugee law. Headed by Professor Jane McAdam, the centre for international refugee law at the University of NSW aims to inspire evidence-based debate and inform both public opinion and political policy about the way Australia handles asylum seekers.
Time: 12.15 for 12.30 pm
Date: Monday, 1 December 2014
Venue: Union Club, Bent and Phillip Streets, Sydney
RSVP: Thursday, 27 November 2014