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RCOA speeches

The following are speeches given at events organised by RCOA or speeches given by RCOA representatives at other events.

Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, University of South Australia

Address by CEO Paul Power at the University of South Australia, 7 September 2017

Settlement Services International AGM

Address by Acting CEO Tim O’Connor at the Settlement Services International AGM on 22 November 2016.

Launch of the ‘Lhotsampa People of Bhutan’

Address by CEO Paul Power  at the launch of the Lhotsampa people of Bhutan Book, 2016

2015 Refugee Week launch – New South Wales

Presentation by Paul Power at the Refugee Week launch on 12 June 2015 at Warrawong High School, Warrawong, NSW.

2015 Refugee Week launch – Victoria

Presentation by Paul Power at the Refugee Week launch on 15 June 2015 at Visy Care Hub, Sunshine, Victoria.

2014 Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia

Lecture by RCOA CEO Paul Power at University of Western Australia “What happens now that Australia has ‘stopped the boats’?” on 20th August 2014. The audio of the speech is available here.

2014 Refugee Week launch

Presentation by Ali Ali, former refugee from Afghanistan, at the Refugee Week launch in Sydney, 14 June 2014.

2014 Yale Law School conference on The Globalization of High Seas Interdiction: Sale’s Legacy and Beyond

Presentation by Paul Power, CEO of RCOA, at “The Globalization of High Seas Interdiction: Sale’s Legacy and Beyond at Yale Law School, New Haven, United States on 8 March, 2014.

2013 Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre AGM

Presentation by Paul Power, CEO, of RCOA, at the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre Annual General Meeting in Dandenong, Victoria, 21 November 2013.

2013 Refugee Week launch

Presentation by Phil Glendenning, President of RCOA, at the Refugee Week launch in Sydney, 15 June, 2013.

2012 NSW Community Relations Commission Forum

Presentation by Paul Power, CEO of RCOA, at the NSW Community Relations Commission Forum at NSW Parliament House, 8 November 2012.

2012 Refugee Week launch

Presentation by Paul Power, CEO of RCOA, at the Refugee Week launch in Melbourne, 18 June, 2012.

Presentation by keynote speaker Nooria Wazefadost at the Refugee Week launch in Sydney, 16 June, 2012.

2012 EU Resettlement Skills Share Day

Presentation by Paul Power, CEO of RCOA, at the 2012 European Union Resettlement Skills Share Day, 14 May 2012.

2012 Life Membership

Address by David Bitel, Immediate Past President of RCOA, on the award of honorary life membership of RCOA, 26 March 2012.

2011 FECCA Conference

Address by Paul Power, CEO of RCOA, at the 2011 FECCA Conference, 18 November 2011.

Refugee Week 2011

Address by Gracia Ngoy, former refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, at the NSW Refugee Week Launch, Pitt Street Uniting Church, 18 June 2011. This speech was adapted from an article originally published in Australian Mosaic, the magazine of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (www.fecca.org.au).

Refugee Week 2010

Address by the Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser, former Prime Minister of Australia, at the Victoria Refugee Week launch, Victorian Parliament House, 21 June 2010.

Address by John Gibson, President of RCOA, at the Victoria Refugee Week launch, Victorian Parliament House, 21 June 2010.

Address by Paul Power, CEO of RCOA, at a Refugee Week celebration hosted by SydWest Multicultural Services, held at Blacktown City Library, 20 June 2010.

Keynote speech by the The Hon John Hatzistergos MLC, NSW Minister for Citizenship and NSW Attorney-General, for NSW Refugee Week launch, Pitt Street Uniting Church, 19 June 2010.

2010 Racism Revisited Conference

“Australian Attitudes to the Acceptance of Refugees” – Summary of speech given by Paul Power, CEO of RCOA, at the Racism Revisited: Anti Anti-racism Leadership and Practice Conference Murdoch University, Perth, 20 March 2010.

2009 FECCA Congress

Address by John Gibson, President of RCOA, at the FECCA Congress, 29 October 2009.

2009 ALP Conference Fringe Event

Address by Paul Power, CEO of RCOA, at “Which Way Forward? Refugees, Security and the Asia-Pacific” seminar, 31 July 2009.

Refugee Week 2009

Address by John Gibson, President of RCOA, at NSW launch of Refugee Week 15 June 2009.

Address by Yasmeen Fatimah, member of the Rohingya community in Sydney, at the NSW launch of Refugee Week 2009, 15 June 2009.

2008 RCOA Annual General Meeting

Address by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, at RCOA AGM, Parramatta NSW, November 2008.

Refugee Week 2008

Address by Les Murray, sports broadcaster and former refugee, at the NSW launch of Refugee Week 2008.

Refugee Week 2006

Address by Julian Burnside QC at Victorian launch of Refugee Week 2006.

Address by Councillor Clover Moore MP, Lord Mayor of Sydney, at NSW launch of Refugee Week 2006.

Kenneth Rivett memorial events

Dr Kenneth Rivett was a founding member of RCOA and the principal benefactor to the Australian Refugee Foundation. RCOA has held several events to honour his lifetime commitment to refugees and social justice.

2011 Kenneth Rivett memorial event: Personal Stories from six decades of refugee protection

The following speeches were delivered at a memorial event held during the 2011 Refugee Conference at the University of New South Wales.

Address by Mr Andrew Havas, former refugee from Hungary

Address by Ms Natalie Lobastov, former refugee from Russia

Address by Ms My-Yen Tran, former refugee from Vietnam

Address by Ms Nazifa Ali, former refugee , from Afghanistan

Address by Mr Atem Atem, former refugee from Sudan

2005 Kenneth Rivett orations

In 2005 RCOA, in cooperation with Sydney University Law School, proudly sponsored the inaugural Kenneth Rivett Orations. These were delivered in three cities by one of the world’s leading scholars in Refugee Law, Dr Guy S Goodwin-Gill.

Dr Goodwin-Gill is a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford. He was previously the Professor of International Refugee Law at Oxford, the Professor of Asylum Law at the University of Amsterdam, and worked for over a decade for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He is the author of the premier refugee law text, The Refugee in International Law, and was the founding editor of the International Journal of Refugee Law.

Dr Guy Goodwin-Gill delivered a series of thematically linked orations on the topic: International Refugee Protection: A Work in Progress. You can read the orations here.

Other speeches on refugee issues

Migration Council Australia Awards

Speech by SBS journalist Karen Middleton at the inaugural Migration Council Australia Awards in Canberra on 18 March, 2013.

The Cranlana Program

Lecture by Mr Petro Georgiou MP, Member for Kooyong, for The Cranlana Programme, 14 April 2010.

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