There are more than 5,700 asylum seekers and refugees in immigration detention centres across Australia. More than two thirds have been in detention for at least six months, and 97 people have been held for more than two years.
Is it ethical to detain individuals who have fled from persecution and war? How long is too long? What role do we as a country play in protecting their human rights? And how does our treatment of refugees stack up against other developed nations?
Join the first ACU Voice debate of 2012 as key speaker Dr Deborah Zion explores the ethics surrounding the treatment of refugees. Led by award-winning journalist Geraldine Doogue, an exciting panel of experts will join the discussion.
Dr Deborah Zion is Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She was shortlisted for the 2010 Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics with Linda Briskman and Bebe Loff for their project entitled Caring for Asylum Seekers in Australia, Bioethics and Human Rights. The project examines the ethics, human rights and practical implications of Australian policy on the day-to-day treatment of asylum seekers in detention - in particular the ability for health care practitioners to practice ethical care in this setting.
Father Frank Brennan AO, Professor of Law at ACU's Public Policy Institute
John Menadue, Board Director of the Centre for Policy Development
Thursday 29th March 5.30pm for drinks; concludes 8pm
The Australian Museum Theatrette, 6 College Street, Sydney – entry via William Street