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Hurstville City Council to mark 2011 Refugee Week

Posted 21 June 2011 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor Sansom said the theme for the 26th national Refugee Week (19-25 June) is ‘Freedom from Fear’.

“This theme highlights the efforts underway to provide refugee protection and security for people who have had to give up everything they once knew to seek a new start in Australia, because of persecution and threat to life,” he said.

“The theme is the same as last year, and it will also be retained next year in the lead-up to the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention.

“When refugees seek escape from persecution due to race, religion, nationality, social position and political views, the quest for ‘freedom from fear’ is what drives them.”

Mayor Sansom said the theme not only represents a welcoming culture in Australia but one of great hope in the future.

“Our great nation allows refugees to rebuild their lives and gives them the opportunity to lead a normal life as part of a community,” he said.

To mark Refugee Week 2011, Council will host a special guest speaker, Dr Barbara Ferguson OAM, on Thursday 23 June 2011 from 10am at the Hurstville Entertainment Centre, MacMahon Street, Hurstville.

Throughout her career, Dr Ferguson has worked abroad throughout the Pacific Islands as well as in South East Asia as a social worker, teacher, researcher and community organiser for the healing of people traumatised by war, domestic violence and natural disaster.

For more information and bookings contact Jamal Bassam on 9330 6069 or email

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