Refugee experts visit to Cowra rescheduled

Phil Glendenning will speak at St Raphael’s Hall on Tuesday evening, October 13 from 7.30pm.One of the consultants involved in the landmark television series ‘Go Back To Where You Came From” will share his insights into the refugee and asylum seeker debate at a public lecture hosted by St Raphael’s.

Phil Glendenning was scheduled to speak in Cowra last year but was called away to the United Nations at the last minute.

Now, he has been rebooked to speak at St Raphael’s Hall on Tuesday evening, October 13 from 7.30pm.

Phil Glendenning has been the Director of the Edmund Rice Centre since its inception in 1996 and is currently the President of the Refugee Council of Australia.

With a background in education, law, political science, and overseas aid and development, today he is primarily involved in human rights advocacy and education, peace and reconciliation work, raising awareness of the impact of climate change on marginalised peoples.

His work for the rights of Indigenous people saw him co-found Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) in 1997, and for ten years he was National President.

He has served on the Boards of the Australian Council for Social Service (ACOSS), various committees of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid, and the Centre for an Ethical Society.

In his work for the rights of Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Phil led the Edmund Rice Centre’s research team for the Deported to Danger series which monitored the safety of rejected asylum seekers in 22 countries, and resulted in an internationally screened documentary, “A Well Founded Fear”, in 2008. He was a consultant on the 2012 TV series “Go Back to Where You Came From.”

In conjunction with the Pacific Calling Partnership, he has been part of delegations to Pacific Island nations, particularly Kiribati, monitoring the impact of climate change on the population and joining them in international forums to advocate for change.

He is widely sought after for media comment and consultancy in Australia and overseas.

In 2007 Phil was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Australian Catholic University and was also recognised by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) with the Sir Ron Wilson Award for Human Rights.

Entry is by gold coin donation with a light supper included. Everyone is most welcome to attend what should be a very interesting, informative and topical presentation.

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