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Human rights for asylum seekers: public forum in Leichhardt

Lee Rhiannon will be co-hosting a public forum on human rights for asylum seekers along with Member for Balmain Jamie Parker at Leichhardt Town Hall. Prominent barrister Julian Burnside QC will also be speaking.

When: Tuesday 1 November, 7:30pm
Where: Italian Forum Cultural Centre, 23 Norton Street Leichhardt

For more information contact Senator Rhiannon's office by calling 02 9241 6966 or emailing senator.rhiannon@aph.gov.au.

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Art brings hope to detention centre fear

Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon

If you are in Sydney today and have not yet seen the Fear+Hope Refugee Art Exhibition, I hope you can get to the Mori Gallery.  The show, an initiative of the Refugee Art Project, closes at 5pm today.

The Gallery is at 168 Day Street, Sydney, just around the corner from Bathurst Street and about five minutes from Town Hall Station and entry is free.

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Greens call on Serco to release Villawood staffing rosters

Commenting on reports of reduced staffing levels at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre (Guards to be cut at Villawood: union, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June 2011) Greens NSW Senator-elect Lee Rhiannon said she remains concerned that Serco management are putting their company’s financial interests before those of its workforce and detained asylum seekers.

“Staffing levels at Villawood Detention Centre should not be cut,” Ms Rhiannon said.

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Off-shore processing and detention of children must stop

Lee Rhiannon, widely tipped to win a NSW Senate seat for the Greens NSW, congratulated those bringing a High Court case, which begins today, testing the lawfulness of current off-shore processing arrangements on Christmas Island. She also called on the Federal government to abide by its international obligations with regards to refugees and asylum seekers.

“Labor and the Coalition are arguing about which of our neighbours should bear Australia’s responsibility for processing refugees and asylum seekers,” Ms Rhiannon said.

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