STREAM
IQ2 Debate

DATE & TIME
06 JUNE 2017

LOCATION
SYDNEY TOWN HALL

Is Australia doing enough or too much for refugees?

Our refugee policy is polarising the country. Is the problem with the UN Refugee Convention itself? 

On Tuesday 6 June, we went beyond the political stalemate that is the refugee debate in this country.

The convention was first designed to help Europeans impacted by events before 1951. 16 years later, it was updated so it could apply to anyone needing refuge after that date. This effectively extended the promise of protection to people all over in the world.

The convention is quite specific on who it will help. A refugee is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country because they have good reason to fear being persecuted because of race, religion, nationality, being a member of a particular social group or having certain political opinions.

With the number of displaced people now at 68.5 million, we took it to the experts to debate just how relevant the UN Refugee Convention still is.

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Speakers

Anna Boucher

is a senior lecturer in international relations at USyd.

Lord Fusitu’a

is a barrister and Tongan politician.

Greg Sheridan

is an author and foreign editor for The Australian.

Erika Feller

is the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Paris Aristotle

is the Director for the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture.

Jane McAdam

is a professor in refugee law at UNSW.

Who is it for?


  • THE ACTIVIST
  • THE CARETAKER
  • THE JOURNALIST

What you'll take away


  • 01HOW TO BE FOR HUMANITY IN A GLOBALISED WORLD
  • 02STATS AND FACTS ON ONE OF POLITICS’ MOST DIVISIVE TOPICS
  • 03THE UN REFUGEE CONVENTION IN A PINCH