Sunday, August 10, 2014

Brisbane Launch of Protecting the Lonely Children Report


On behalf of the Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt, chair of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, we would like to invite you to the Brisbane launch of the Protecting the Lonely Children report and the opening of the accompanying ‪#‎EndChildDetention‬ installation at St John’s Cathedral.
Venue: St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Ann St Brisbane
Time: 9 to 10am
Date: Monday 18th August, 2014
RSVP: src@anglicanchurchsq.org.au

Speakers: 
Murray Watt, Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Sonia Caton, Chair of the Refugee Council of Australia
The Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt, Chair of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce
This report offers recommendations to protect and better provide for unaccompanied children who are seeking asylum and refuge in Australia. It follows the release of the draft report in October 2013 which articulated 15 areas of concern. The Taskforce subsequently received formal responses from both the Commonwealth Government and Opposition, and additional information from senior legal advisors, academic, and service providers from across Australia.
It was through the process of compiling this report that the Taskforce became compelled to call the detention and treatment of unaccompanied children “state sanctioned child abuse.”
The report has previously been launched in Melbourne, and we will now be hosting a launch of the report and a discussion on the issues, here in Brisbane.
All are welcome to attend.
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