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Provide the evidence for your claims, Minister

MEDIA RELEASE 3 May 2016  The Refugee Council of Australia has called for the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to provide evidence for his serious allegations of refugee advocates inciting refugees to self-harm. Phil Glendenning, President of the Refugee Council…

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Michael Gawenda


former editor of The Age and former refugee from Poland
Michael Gawenda is one of Australia’s best known and most distinguished journalists. His story begins in Lodz, Poland, where his mother and father worked in the city’s thriving textile industry. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, his parents, who were both Jewish, were forced to flee to Siberia with their two daughters. It was not until the war ended in 1945 that they were able to return to their home, hoping to be reunited with the families they had left behind. They were devastated to discover that few of their family members had survived.



Australia’s response to a world in crisis

It has been a dramatic year for refugees in Australia and in the world. Hear the voices and views of hundreds of individuals and organisations from across Australia: people from refugee backgrounds, people seeking asylum and the many brave and committed communities and organisations supporting them.


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total number of
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number of refugees
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proportion of world’s
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