On a global and national scale, our humanitarian performance is under constant scrutiny. But how are we performing on a local level? Are asylum seekers who come to Australia getting adequate support and a real chance to thrive in their new communities?
Ballarat is Victoria’s fastest growing regional city and a designated Refugee Welcome Zone. The city has a diverse and active migrant and refugee community, and a strong support from local leadership.
For this conversation, join human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, Ballarat refugee community mentor Deruka Dekuek and ABC Ballarat and Southwest Victoria chief of staff Prue Bentley. We’ll ask: How does the tenor of debate in Canberra – and the nature of all policies affecting humanitarian immigrants – affect the daily lives of refugees in places like Ballarat? And how does it impact the capacity for local communities to provide the support refugees need?