1. An Indigenous Welcome for Asylum Seekers?

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    from Arts Unimelb / Added

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    How can we think about asylum seekers on indigenous land? Who can welcome? Who can exclude? This 2011 forum engaged in conversations on the current policies toward asylum seekers and the history of treatment of indigenous people in Australia. We ask how these practices and policies speak to questions of sovereignty, ethics and hospitality. Panelists: Dr Tony Birch (University of Melbourne) Professor Ghassan Hage (University of Melbourne) Mr Ray Jackson (President, Indigenous Social Justice Association) Associate Professor Joseph Pugliese (Macquarie University) Facilitated by Dr Tamara Kohn and Dr Juliet Rogers (University of Melbourne)

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    • THE NIGHT BEFORE THE RICKY HATTON VS. FLOYD MAYWEATHER FIGHT

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      from Mark Mangion / Added

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      A ferocious wind whipping up the fire around which eight men are seated. They are about to cook up some lamb and drink a few beers. It is night, somewhere in the countryside, out at sea a storm is brewing, the fire will provide warmth, the fire will cook the food, the men will sit around the fire until the small hours of the morning when the boxing match will begin, they’ll need to drink and talk until then, whilst stoking the fire and cooking the meat and showing their expertise with all things outdoors. Out of the darkness English is being spoken in many inflections. There are glimpses of hands and eyes and movement, all eyes are on the fire, everyone’s hungry but they must wait, they must drink Cisk lager and talk: we can organise a friendly advance left hand side german shepherds will eat you kill bacteria butter potato plane crashes twice dictator Macedonia once burnt foil Brixton salt more salt grandmother ants ricky hatton elephant shit stone roses you’re still my idol. There is silence, laughter, singing, tension, awkwardness, wit, hunger, thirst, misunderstandings, understandings, there is psychobabble, attempts to bridge gaping chasms, clumsy political referencing and epic story telling. Who these men are and why they are gathered here is never made explicit, no one asks any direct questions and each one of them speaks in his own parables, though it is quickly understood that some of the men are of European extraction, whilst others are men who were born and raised in Africa but are no longer living there. Is this how we communicate? Are we always so clumsy yet so endearing in our attempts to smash artifice and create the possibility for honest connections? It is the European men who feel the pressure to talk after long silences, they are a little maladroit but in their initiative they are winsome too, and so the lamb and potatoes are eaten and the wind continues to blow as we listen to tales from Congo and Serbia, Brixton and Sudan being exchanged on the island of Malta in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. (Emma Mattei) DIRECTED BY MARK MANGION CINEMATOGRAPHY MARK MANGION EDITING MARK MANGION PRODUCTION MARK MANGION CAST HAKIM BABANGIDA JON BANTHORPE JOSHUA DE GIORGIO JULIAN MCEWEN IBRAHIM MUSAH ERIC NYANDU JOHN UDO SLAVKO VUKANOVIC THANKS HAKIM BABANGIDA JON BANTHORPE JOSHUA DE GIORGIO JULIAN MCEWEN IBRAHIM MUSAH ERIC NYANDU JOHN UDO SLAVKO VUKANOVIC FILMED ON LOCATION IN MALTA DURATION 2:02:00 FORMAT 16.9 DV VIDEO COLOUR DATE (2007)

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      • Doing the Deed: a forum on journalist's access to detention centres

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        Presented by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism in association with Tilt Vision. Panel hosted by Tom Morton (Director ACIJ) and featuring Julian Disney AO (Chair Australian Press Council), Sandi Logan (National Communications Manager, Department of Immigration and Citizenship) and Dylan Welch (investigative reporter).

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        • OJW Bunbury Feb 2013 "Refugees: Where Do They Come From?"

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          from One Just World / Added

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          Refugees and asylum seekers have been a topic of hot debate in Australia for over a decade. With all the hype around this topic and considering the 5.2 million recognised refugees and 42 million displaced people worldwide, we must ask ourselves - what is it that forces so many to leave their homelands and the familiarity of their heritage? Many flee for fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality or sometimes simply due to a political opinion that is deemed inappropriate. Then there are others who are forced to leave due to civil conflict, famine, drought or natural disaster. Every single one is a real person, not just a number. They are refugees, not by choice, but by necessity. So what needs to happen to prevent so many from being driven from their homes, often in fear of their lives? What needs to occur to halt the environmental changes affecting them and to facilitate peace-building where it’s needed? How can we help those affected by such desperate circumstances? And how do we ensure their safety as they search for somewhere safe to start over? How can we, as global citizens, prevent so many women and men, boys and girls, from having to endure such horrific circumstances? And how can we empower them to address the issues before the situation becomes so unbearable that fleeing is the only option left?

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          • Colonialism, Asylum Seekers, Border Protection

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            This was a public meeting hosted by the Institute of Postcolonial Studies on 10 September 2013. The aim was to generate debate on the issue of asylum seekers. The speakers were David Manne and Ghassan Hage.

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            • OJW Perth Feb 2013 "Refugees: Where Do They Come From?"

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              from One Just World / Added

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              Refugees and asylum seekers have been a topic of hot debate in Australia for over a decade. With all the hype around this topic and considering the 5.2 million recognised refugees and 42 million displaced people worldwide, we must ask ourselves - what is it that forces so many to leave their homelands and the familiarity of their heritage? Many flee for fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality or sometimes simply due to a political opinion that is deemed inappropriate. Then there are others who are forced to leave due to civil conflict, famine, drought or natural disaster. Every single one is a real person, not just a number. They are refugees, not by choice, but by necessity. So what needs to happen to prevent so many from being driven from their homes, often in fear of their lives? What needs to occur to halt the environmental changes affecting them and to facilitate peace-building where it’s needed? How can we help those affected by such desperate circumstances? And how do we ensure their safety as they search for somewhere safe to start over? How can we, as global citizens, prevent so many women and men, boys and girls, from having to endure such horrific circumstances? And how can we empower them to address the issues before the situation becomes so unbearable that fleeing is the only option left?

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              • ASIA – EYES ON THE 21ST CENTURY

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                Are the real stories getting through? Leading Asian journalists analyse the issues that drive the news agenda and the challenges of reporting on them. What forces are shaping the future, what obstacles and opportunities confront journalism, and what strategies serve best to get the true picture out there? MODERATOR Anjali Rao, SBS Dateline Pravit Rojanaphruk (Thailand) – The Nation Shoma Chaudhury (India) – managing editor, Tehelka magazine Choe Sang-Hun (Korea) – The New York Times, Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Gan (Malaysia) – editor, Malaysiakini

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                • JIM Unit Convention 2014 pt1

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                  On 9 August 2014 the Justice and International Mission (JIM) Unit held their annual convention. Titled "We've Boundless Plains to Share", the day focused on welcoming asylum seekers and refugees. The JIM Unit is one of the Units of the Commission for Mission, Part of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania

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                  • No Human Being is Illegal: The Story and Struggle of the other Hidden People of Iceland (Complete Documentary)

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                    A Welfare Poets' Production (August/September 2014) In association with Guerrilla Republik and Universal Zulu Nation Directed and edited by Ray Ramirez Narration, cameras and sound engineering by Michael Pacheco and Ray Ramirez One can judge a nation by the manner in which it treats the most vulnerable amongst them and some of the most vulnerable people in the world are refugees. This is the story of struggling refugees displaced by war and famine who are trying to find safe refuge and make a home in all places, Iceland. This is their story – the story of maybe just a few hundred refugees who are currently seeking asylum in Iceland, most hailing from Africa and the Middle East and some even from Europe. These long time hidden people of Iceland face a much different reality than the egalitarianism that the Icelandic government boasts about in commercials and other campaigns. Yet this is only part of the story of the hardships asylum seekers in Iceland face and their battle to be counted. It is a testament to how no human is illegal and how no one wants to be a refugee. And Iceland here has the chance to take the lead in the world regarding the manner in which asylum seekers are treated, yet sadly it seems those in power are more interested in photo ops to bolster tourist campaign ads with hollow slogans instead of doing with is right and coming to the table of humanity to stand on the side of justice, equality and brotherhood. This is “No One Wants to Be A Refugee: The Story and Struggles of the other Hidden People of Iceland.” From the closing chapter: What is happening in Iceland is nothing new to the world as it happens to refugees all over the planet. There are countries where far worse things happen to refugees and even more unspeakable things to those who are undocumented. With close to 50 million refugees and displaced peoples worldwide, what is the point of talking about a few hundred at most? Why Iceland? Why did we spend countless hours struggling through to complete this project? Most of all, it was directly because of the asylum seekers themselves, those we met, performed for and we talked and built with. It was their attitudes and tireless push to find a safe haven here in Iceland or anywhere they can. We were inspired by each of their stories of survival, all the shut doors they were being shown and their will to still push on for themselves in the face of all of this. It is true that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere and wherever one sees it, it is one's duty to call attention to it. It is also our duty to connect the dots and make others understand that the struggle for justice and freedom is linked everywhere. This is our attempt to call attention to what we bared witness to. For us, we are not documentary makers. We are emcees/musicians and teachers, but we had to do this project and battle through all we did not know because of brothers like Henry and all the others who with every word they speak, call attention to the fact that no one wants to be a refugee and how NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL.

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                    • JIM convention 2014 pt2

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                      On 9 August 2014 the Justice and International Mission (JIM) Unit held their annual convention. Titled "We've Boundless Plains to Share", the day focused on welcoming asylum seekers and refugees. The JIM Unit is one of the Units of the Commission for Mission, Part of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania

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