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Australia must stop returns following torture of asylum seeker

RCOA president Phil Glendenning has again pleaded with the Department of Immigration to halt forcible returns of asylum seekers to Afghanistan. Read more here.

Australia condemned as nations focus on global refugee crisis

NGOs working with displaced people around the world have singled out Australia for strong criticism as senior officials of governments and the UNHCR met to discuss responses to the largest displacement crisis in more than 65 years. Read more here.

Governments challenged to end neglect of African crises

Delegates from 94 nations including Australia have been challenged to end the global neglect of Africa's 15 million displaced people. Read more here.

Internal investigation inadequate response to sexual assault allegation

The Australian Government's response to serious allegations of sexual assault in immigration detention must be reviewed by an independent body. Read more here.

Australia urged to take more constructive response to global refugee crises

The crises in Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic and South Sudan and efforts to eliminate statelessness will dominate discussions at a key UNHCR meeting. Read more here.

New legislation strips away checks on Ministerial powers

The Federal Government's new legislation to change asylum and maritime powers laws is a comprehensive assault on Australia's obligations to protect victims of persecution. Read more here.

Punishment not protection for refugees sent to Cambodia

The agreement to be signed this week between Australia and Cambodia to resettle refugees from Nauru will leave refugees at further risk. Read more here.

Australia ignores UN call for action on statelessness

As the world commemorates the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Statelessness Convention, stateless people in Australia have little to celebrate. Read more here.

Refugee Welcome Zone initiative reaches its century

RCOA's Refugee Welcome Zone initiative has reached a milestone with more than 100 councils signing on. Read more here.

National Party's call for more refugee places a positive step

RCOA has backed calls by the Government's Coalition partner the National Party for an expanded Refugee and Humanitarian Program. Read more here.

Australian Parliament must reject cruel Temporary Protection Visas

RCOA has written to Federal cross-bench parliamentarians, urging them to reject the Abbott Government's renewed push to force refugees on to Temporary Protection Visas. Read more here.

Australia must step up to support Syrian refugees

News that the number of Syrian refugees has passed three million confirms that Australia's decision to cut its refugee program could not have come at a worse time, says RCOA. Read more here.

Grave fears for asylum seeker forcibly returned to Afghanistan

News that the Australian Government has forcibly repatriated an Afghan asylum seeker has been met with alarm by RCOA. Read more here.

No excuse for ongoing detention of children

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has failed to offer an adequate justification for the ongoing detention of children on Christmas Island and Nauru, says RCOA. Read more here.

Efforts to return Syrian refugees unconscionable

RCOA is alarmed by media reports that Syrian asylum seekers detained on Manus Island are being pressured by Australian Government officials to return home. Read more here.

Government removes Refugee Council's core funding

The Australian Government has completely cut core funding to RCOA despite allocating $140,000 just two weeks ago in its 2014-15 Budget. Read more here.

Federal Budget summary 2014-15

RCOA has released a summary of refugee-related spending in the 2014-15 Federal Budget. Read more here.

 

Promoting the participation of refugees in sporting activities

This report investigates the role of sport in assisting refugee settlement.

Read more about: A Bridge to a New Culture

 

Refugee Week events calendar: New South Wales

Sydney launch of Refugee Week - 14 June

The Sydney Refugee Week launch will be held on Saturday 14 June at a venue to be confirmed. All members and supporters of RCOA are invited to attend.

Refugee Forum
Wednesday 4 June, Marrickville

The Marrickville Multicultural Agency will host a panel of prominent speakers, campaigners, heads of organisations and politicians. Other highlights include: art based on the "Restoring Hope" theme, song and dance performances. Food and refreshments provided.
Details: Free; 2.00pm-4.00pm; Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville; Contact Litsa Nossar on 02 8594 0300 or lista.nossar@metromrc.org.au.
What does it mean to be a Refugee Welcome Zone?
Wednesday 4 June, Marrickville

Speakers including Marrickville Mayor Jo Haylen, Refugee Council CEO Paul Power, Settlement Services International CEO Violet Roumeliotis, NSW Refugee Health Director Dr Mitchell Smith, Asylum Seeker Centre CEO Melanie Noden and Jasmina Bajraktarevic from STARTTS. Personal story by Kween G and performances from Marrickville African Youth and the Sydney Trade Union Choir. Free food.
Details: Free; 2.00pm-4.00pm; Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville; Contact 02 9569 7633.
Public lecture on asylum seekers
Wednesday 11 June, Cowra

Refugee Council of Australia President Phil Glendenning speaks at a public lecture on asylum seekers. Supper provided.
Details: 7.30pm; St Brigid's Hall, St Raphael's Catholic School, Liverpool Street, Cowra.
Free the Children
Wednesday 11 June, Sydney

The End Child Detention Coalition is holding a public social action and art installation in Sydney from June 11 to 15 to highlight the fact that there are 1023 children in immigration detention in Australia.
Details: Free; 11.00am (launch); action continues to Sunday, 15 June; Outside Queen Victoria Building, George Street, Sydney; Contact elizabeth.mcfarlane@ycw.org.au. Find out how to become involved and to volunteer throughout the week by visiting http://endchilddetentionoz.com/
Coming to Australia - photographs from the IRO and ICEM
Thursday 12 June to Sunday 14 September, Sydney

To mark Refugee Week, a small section of photographs highlights the work of the International Refugee Organisation (IRO) and the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM) in the 1940s and 1950s. The photographs capture in vivid detail the anticipation and anxiety of European migrants coming to Australia in the turbulent years after World War II.
Details: Galleries and Exhibition ticket $7, $3.50 (child and concession); 9.30am-5.00pm; Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Sydney; Details at info@anmm.gov.au. Visit http://www.anmm.gov.au/site/page.cfm
Newcastle Street Soccer - The Big Issue
Thursday 12 June, Broadmeadow

Celebrating the World Cup, The Big Issue and Newcastle Street Soccer host an invitational soccer game for all cultural backgrounds.
Details: Free; 3.30pm-5.30pm; Magic Park, corner Young and Melbourne Road, Broadmeadow; Contact newcastlesoccer@bigissue.org.au.
Pop Up Cafe
Thursday 12 June, Orchard Hills

A celebration of international food and music at a Pop Up Cafe which will sell food made from produce grown by refugees and people with a disability.
Details: $15 (concession); $25 (full fee); 11.00am-2.00pm; Mamre House, 181 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills; Contact Rosemary on 02 9002 3190 and rosemary.bishop@mamre.com.au.
"Boundless Plains To Share? Australia, Jesus and the Refugee
Saturday 14 June, Manly

A documentary screening of "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" followed by a panel discussion featuring Rev Scott Higgins from A Just Cause, Lucy Morgan from Refugee Council of Australia, former Immigration Department officer Greg Lake and Fiona Bachman from Amnesty International. A light supper follows the panel discussion.
Details: Free; Doors open at 6.30pm, 6.45pm-9.45pm; St Matthews Church, The Corso, Manly; Register at http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australia-jesus-the-refugee-registration-11365256789.
Public discussion on human rights and refugees
Saturday 14 June, Eastwood

Organised by Amnesty International Epping Group - a public discussion over coffee about refugee rights and human rights.
Details: Free; 2.00pm-4.00pm; Provence Garden Cafe, 43 West Parade, Eastwood; Contact Ian at pliny@iprimus.com.au.
Refugee Camp in My Suburb
Saturday 14 June, Engadine

Simulation of a refugee camp to create awareness of the vulnerability faced by refugee and displaced persons forced to flee their homes. Featuring guest speakers, entertainment and films about local high school students from a refugee background. Includes a screening of "Mary Meets Mohammad".
Details: Free; 11.30am-3.00pm; Engadine Community Centre, 1034-1036 Old Princes Highway, Engadine; Contact Kate on 02 9599 2522 or Jenny on 02 9524 9559 and rsg.sgss@gmail.com.au.
Albury Wodonga Refugee Week Celebration
Saturday 14 June, Wodonga

Celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the Albury Wodonga region with local community members of refugee background. Enjoy a free barbecue and traditional foods, as well as entertainment.
Details: Free; 11.30am-2.30pm; The Cube, Hovell Street, Wodonga; Contact Danielle on 02 6048 9532 and danielle.maclean@vinnies.org.au.
Selected works from "Art is our Voice"
Saturday 14 June to Monday 30 June, Sydney

Art is Our Voice presents the works of 12 newly-arrived refugees and community-based asylum seekers works across a diverse range of media. "The Happiest Refugee" and "The Bread and Butter Project" books available for sale. Business card draw to win signed copy of "The Bread and Butter Project" book. All book profits donated to refugee support initiatives.
Details: Free; 10.30am-6.30pm Monday to Friday, 11.00am-3.00pm Saturday; Sydney TAFE Limelight Gallery, 827 George Street, Sydney; Contact Jane on 02 9217 5349 and jane.anderson10@tafensw.edu.au.
Family Picnic
Sunday 15 June, Jesmond

Northern Settlement Services celebrates Refugee Week with a family picnic, sausage sizzle and sporting activities.
Details: Free; 10.00am-2.00pm; Jesmond Park, Robinson Avenue, Jesmond; Contact Rasa Bajalls on 02 4969 3399 or rasa.bajalls@nsservices.com.au.
Playing for Change
Sunday 15 June, Guildford

The NSW Refugee Network is celebrating Refugee Week with a Sports Day including soccer, cricket, ultimate frisbee and kite making. Join Amnesty groups, other refugee support and advocacy groups, Football United and bring a picnic.
Details: Free; 12.00pm-4.00pm; Guildford Park, Guildford; RSVP to nswrefugeeteam@amnesty.org.au.
Discussion with Mark Isaacs, author of "The Undesirables"
Sunday 15 June, Springwood

Former Salvation Army worker Mark Isaacs talks about his book "The Undesirables" - an account of his humanitarian support for asylum seekers in Nauru. Singed copies of the book are for sale.
Details: Free; 2.00pm-4.00pm; Springwood Sports Club, 83 Macquarie Road, Springwood; Contact Marie McInnes on 02 4751 2076 and marie.mcinnes@sydney.edu.au. Visit http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/34572
Refugee Week 2014 Restoring Hope: A Winter Afternoon Bush Dance
Sunday 15 June, Orange

A winter afternoon bush dance sponsored by the Rotary Club of Orange, Canobolas Technology High School and Orange City Council with entertainment by "November Shorn". Includes afternoon tea and guest speakers from the Sudanese community. Tickets available at the Community Information and Services Centre on 79 Kite Street, Orange with some tickets available at the door.
Details: Gold coin donation; 2.00pm-4.30pm; Canobolas Rural Technology High School Hall, Wakeford Street, Orange; Contact Diana on 02 6393 8600.
Asylum Seeker Awareness Rally: "Inhumanity is no solution"
Sunday 15 June, Newcastle

Chaired by Zane Alcorn. Speakers include Refugee Week Ambassador Fr Rod Bower from Gosford Anglican Church, Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition, musician and former Go Back To Where You Came From participant Gleny Rae, Maitland attorney Kellie Tranter, Gary Kennedy from the Newcastle Trades Hall Council and Michael Osborne from The Greens.
Details: Free; 2.00pm-4.00pm; Christ Church Cathedral Grounds, corner Church and Newcomen streets, Newcastle; Contact Niko Leka on 0406 296 141.
Movie Afternoon
Sunday 15 June, Lismore

A Northern Rivers Greens movie night, presenting "Mary Meets Mohammad" and a talk by Michael Douglas from Sanctuary Northern Rivers.
Details: $8 donation to cover soup and bread; 4.30pm; Butterfly Room, 60 Hindmarsh Street, Lismore; Contact Amanda on 02 6622 5010 and northernrivers.greens@gmail.com.
Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood Tours
Monday 16 June to Sunday 22 June, Auburn

Take the experiential journey as you flee your home country and make your way to safety in Australia. Tours depart every 15 minutes.
Details: Free; 10.00am-4.00pm; Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn; Bookings are essential. Contact 02 9735 1382 or visit http://refugeeweekauburn.com.au/.
Voices of Youth
Monday 16 June, Auburn

Hear the personal experiences of young refugees and asylum seekers as they talk about the challenges and opportunities of starting a new life in Australia.
Details: Free; 6.00pm; Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn; Contact 02 9735 1382 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/voices-of-youth-refugee-week-2014-tickets-11535909215.
Eat, Learn and Greet: Refugee-hosted cooking class (Iranian cuisine)
Monday 16 June, Auburn

A unique hands-on cooking session led by asylum seekers and refugees. Discover the delights of Persian food. Hosted by House of Welcome.
Details: $35 (includes dinner); 6.00pm-8.30pm; Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn; Bookings essential. Call 02 9735 1382 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/eat-learn-greet-refugee-hosted-cooking-class-iranian-cuisine-tickets-11535949335.
Tastes of the World Dinner
Monday 16 June, Wollongong

Showcasing the emerging talent of Wollongong's newest caterers, this three-course dinner features African, Burmese and Middle Eastern cuisine, complemented by performances from the Burundi drummers, Togolese dancers, Karenni Burmese Choir and Persian band Oshagh. Even MC is Miles Merrill.
Details: $50; 7.00pm; Wollongong Town Hall, Kembla Street, Wollongong; Contact Vimala Colless on 02 4227 7492 and vcolless@wollongong.nsw.gov.au.
Refugee Review Tribunal Open Day
Monday 16 June, Sydney

The Refugee Review Tribunal information session includes a staged hearing, presentations on the role of members and assistance provided by staff.
Details: Free; 1.30pm; Level 17, 83 Clarence Street, Sydney; Contact mrt-rrt.opendays@mrt-rrt.gov.au. RSVP to http://survey.websurveycreator.com/s.aspx?s=7384477f-3c7b-47fd-b7c8-170bbf6eeb63
Art and Photography Exhibition
Monday 16 June to Friday 20 June, Maroubra

A showcase of creative works, including art, photography, paintings and poems by refugees and asylum seekers.
Details: Free; 10.00am-9.00pm; Bowen Library, 660-673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra; Contact Inja on 02 9663 3922 and injas@sydneymcs.org.au.
Book Reading withi Edison N Yongai, author of "No Name for Refugees"
Tuesday 17 June, Auburn

Edison, a Sierra Leonean author now living in Australia, speaks about his latest book "No Name for Refugees", the story of a 15-year-old boy who flees with his family from a brutal war in Africa and settles in Australia as a refugee.
Details: Free; 6.00pm; Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn; Contact 02 9735 1382 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/book-reading-with-edison-nyongai-author-of-no-name-for-refugees-tickets-11535925263.
"The Power of Storytelling" - SSI Speakers' Series
Tuesday 17 June, Ashfield

Sri Lankan-born playwright Dhananjaya Karunarathne, former asylum seeker from Iran and creative writer Saleh Khani and author Rosie Scott spearhead a special event to discuss the role that storytelling plays in giving voice to refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia.
Details: Gold coin donation; 6.00pm-7.30pm; Settlement Services International, Level 2, 158 Liverpool Road, Ashfield; RSVP to http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-power-of-storytelling-tickets-11703691055
Refugee Week Talk by Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group
Tuesday 17 June, Katoomba

Speakers, including George Winston, explain the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group's work, talk about visiting Villawood detention centre, the Oceans 12 Tamil cricket team and the distribution of goods to asylum seekers.
Details: Free; 2.00pm; Katoomba Library, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba; Contact 02 4780 5750 and ademmocks@bmcc.nsw.gov.au. Visit https://www.facebook.com/BlueMountainsCityLibrary
Stories from Refugees who call Australia home
Tuesday 17 June, Parramatta;

Hear personal stories about the journeys made by refugees and their experiences settling in Australia.
Details: 12.00pm-1.00pm; Parramatta City Library, Civic Place, Parramatta; Bookings essential to 02 9806 5159. Details at http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/play/facilities/library
Eat, Learn and Greet: Refugee-hosted cooking class (Pakistani cuisine)
Wednesday 18 June, Auburn

A unique hands-on cooking session led by asylum seekers and refugees. Learn tasty recipes with chefs from Pakistan. Hosted by House of Welcome.
Details: $35 (includes dinner); 6.00pm-9.00pm; Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn; Bookings essential. Contact 02 9735 1382 or https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/eat-learn-greet-refugee-hosted-cooking-class-pakistani-cuisine-tickets-11535961371.
Refugee Week Celebration
Wednesday 18 June, Auburn

This Auburn Diversity Services event to celebrate the contributions of refugees and raise awareness of issues facing new arrivals includes music, dance, art work and food. Families will also enjoy a jumping castle, slides, clown, balloon artist and face painting.
Details: Free; 11.00am-4.30pm; Auburn Park, Macquarie Road, Auburn; Contact Justin Han on 02 9649 6955 and justin@auburndiversity.org.au. Visit http://www.auburndiversity.org.au/
Innovations in Refugee Health
Wednesday 18 June, Parramatta

The NSW Refugee Health Service is hosting a half-day forum to showcase innovative projects, policies and research specific to the health of refugees. The event also acknowledges the contribution of health professionals and services in addressing and promoting the health needs of refugees.
Details: Free; 10.00am; Lachlan's, Old Government House, Parramatta Park, Parramatta; Contact 02 8778 0770 RSVP by Friday 6 June to refugeehealth@sswahs.nsw.gov.au. Visit http://www.swslhd.nsw.gov.au/refugee/
Sanctuary and Sustenance
Wednesday 18 June, Potts Point

Launch of a photographic exhibition illustrating the lives of refugees in Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Exhibition will be on view at select times during Refugee Week.
Details: 11.00am; The Wayside Chapel, 29 Hughes Street, Potts Point; For catering purposes please RSVP by Friday 13 June to 02 9356 3888 and info@jrs.org.au.
Restoring Hope
Wednesday 18 June, Bankstown

Screening of refugee movies, free popcorn and drinks.
Details: 10.00am-12.00pm; Bankstown Hoyts, 63 The Mall, Bankstown; RSVP to Turkan on 02 9707 9863 and turkan.aksoy@bankstown.nsw.gov.au.
Refugee Week Morning Tea
Wednesday 18 June, Tighes Hill

Creating awareness about refugees and welcoming them to Hunter TAFE.
Details: Free; 9.00am-10.30am; Newcastle Campus Library, Maitland Road, Tighes Hill; Contact Zachary on 02 4923 7437 and zachary.ekandi1@tafensw.edu.au.
Mary Meets Mohammad
Wednesday 18 June, Byron Bay

Screening of Mary Meets Mohammad and short films as well as guest speakers. Funds raised will allow St Vincent de Paul to organise an excursion for local refugees, from Lismore to Byron Bay to visit the beach and lighthouse.
Details: $15 (full), $12 (concession); 7.00pm; Byron Community Centre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay.
Film Night
Thursday 19 June, Birmingham Gardens

A film evening showing Australian documentary "Mary Meets Mohammad". Snacks and music will be served before the film.
Details: Free; 6.30pm; Regal Cinema 4, Moore Street, Birmingham Gardens; Contact Rasa Bajalls on 02 4969 3399 or rasa.bajalls@nsservices.com.au.
Restoring Hope
Thursday 19 June, Hurstville

NSW Police St George Local Area Command and Hurstville City Council are raising awareness about issues affecting refugees and celebrating the positive contributions made by refugees to the local community. Celebrations include multicultural performances, food, guest speakers, information stalls and safety tips by local police.
Details: Free; 10.00am-1.00pm; Hurstville City Council, 16-32 McMahon Street, Hurstville; Contact Rachna Malik on 02 9375 8521 or Mali1rac@police.nsw.gov.au.
The City of Canterbury Welcomes Refugees
Thursday 19 June, Lakemba

Come along to find out the real facts about refugees, hear about the impact of government policies, understand how Australia compares with other parts of the world and meet refugees and hear their success stories. Light meal provided as part of the community forum.
Details: Free; 5.45pm-7.30pm; Lakemba Senior Citizen's Centre, corner The Boulevarde and Croydon Street, Lakemba; To register call 02 9789 9549. For information call 02 9789 9472.
Restoring Hope: Share stories with Auburn's Human Library
Thursday 19 June, Auburn

Local Auburn community members from refugee backgrounds share their stories and answer your questions.
Details: Free; 6.00pm-8.00pm; Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn; Contact 02 9735 1382 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/restoring-hope-share-stories-with-auburns-human-library-tickets-11536137899.
Penrith Restore Hope Celebration
Thursday 19 June, Penrith

Performances by local refugee groups, information stalls, face painting and show bags, to celebrate the contribution of refugees to the Penrith area.
Details: Free; 11.00am-2.00pm; Pop up Park, Henry Street, Penrith; Contact Laura on 02 9833 2416 and laura@nma.org.au.
Drumming up Frenz
Thursday 19 June, Coffs Harbour

Orana High School's drum group "Drumming up Frenz" team up with the Coffs Coast Drummers.
Details: Free; 1.00pm; City Square, Coffs Harbour; Contact Susan Clarke on 02 6648 4833.
Author Event - Mark Isaacs: "The Undesirables: Inside Nauru"
Thursday 19 June, Cooks Hill

Mark Isaacs takes us behind the gates of Nauru with his eyewitness account.
Details: Free; 5.30pm; Newcastle Regional Library, Lovett Gallery, Laman Street, Cooks Hill; RSVP by Monday 16 June to 02 4974 5300 and library@ncc.nsw.gov.au.
Tree Planting Ceremony
Wednesday 19 June, Miller

A special tree-planting ceremony. Refugee students will write down their hopes and dreams as the tree is planted.
Details: Free; 9.50am; Miller Technology High School, Cabramatta Avenue, Miller; Contact Tehmineh on 02 9607 8669 and temineh.hossieny@det.nsw.edu.au.
Mary Meets Mohammad
Thursday 19 June, Marrickville

Screening of the documentary that traces the community reaction to Tasmania's first detention centre through the eyes of local knitting club member Mary and Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad.
Details: Donation; 6.30pm-9.30pm; Atlas Club, 96 Illawarra Road, Marrickville; Contact Jo on 0420 229 400 and jojoerrey@gmail.com.
Mary Meets Mohammad
Thursday 19 June, Young

A screening of the film Mary Meets Mohammad which tells the story of a friendship between local knitting club member Mary and Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad in Tasmania. Film followed by a discussion and refreshments.
Details: Free; 7.00pm; Southern Cross Cinema, 96 Main Street, Young.
Film screening: "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"
Friday 20 June, Auburn

A film screening of "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea", a documentary looking at the circumstances and decisions that lead to someone becoming a "boat person". Cultural food and snacks available at friendly prices.
Details: Free; 6.30pm-8.00pm; Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn; Contact 02 9735 1382 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/film-screening-between-the-devil-and-the-deep-blue-sea-tickets-11536143917.
In Conversation: A Country Too Far
Friday 20 June, North Sydney

Award-winning journalist Monica Attard will lead a discussion with authors Thomas Kenneally, Rosie Scott and Denise Leith with Paul Botrill from House of Welcome, about the book "A Country Too Far" which sheds light on asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Following the discussion, share in tasty delicacies from Iran, Pakistan and Bangladesh, prepared by House of Welcome chefs. Money raised benefits the House of Welcome.
Details: $20 donation (includes food and drinks); 6.30pm-8.30pm; North Sydney Community Centre, Civic Park, 220 Miller Street, North Sydney; Bookings essential to 02 9922 2299. Further details at https://www.northsydneycentre.com.au/events/event/40/in-conversation-monica-attard-with-thomas-kenneally-rosie-scott-and-denise-leith.
"Restoring Hope" - Coffs Harbour Celebrates Our Refugees
Friday 20 June, Coffs Harbour

Evening includes cultural performances by former refugees, family-friendly short films on inspiring stories, and refreshments. A meet and greet opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution made by refugees in Coffs Harbour.
Details: Free; 5.30pm-10.00pm; Cavanbah Centre, Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour; Contact Susan Clarke at susan.clarke@chcc.nsw.gov.au.
World Refugee Day Breakfast
Friday 20 June, Sydney

Sydney Swans AFL player and former South Sudanese refugee Aliir Aliir, former Australian Test cricket captain Ian Chappell and former Wallabies captain Phil Kearns help celebrate the courage and contribution of refugees. Funds raised go towards UNHCR's Emergency Programs.
Details: $110, corporate table of 10 $2500; 7.00am-9.00am; Grand Ballroom, Lower Level, The Westin Sydney, 1 Martin Place, Sydney; Contact Desiree Creedon on 02 9276 6843 and rsvp@unrefugees.org.au. Visit http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/world-refugee-day-breakfast-tickets-11719544473?WT.mc_id=EWR0014-02&utm_sourc
Boundless Plains to Share
Friday 20 June, Wollongong

The U3A and Illawarra Union Singers present a musical evening culminating in a mass choir finale - "Choir For Change" - formed just for this special occasion. A variety of local musicians will also perform.
Details: 7.00pm-9.00pm; City Diggers Club, 82 Church Street, Wollongong; Tickets available at http://boundlessplains.org/
Refugee Week Open Air Celebration of Hope
Friday 20 June, Mt Druitt

Get a free picture taken with your friends and loved ones in a photo booth. Keep the photos and add copies to an art work to be created on-site and donated to a local organisation. Enjoy international sweets and delicious goodies.
Details: Free; 11.00am-3.00pm; Dawson Mall, between Mt Druitt Library and Westfield, Mt Druitt; Contact Holly on 02 9625 9300, 0433 699 940 and operations@meca.org.au.
Sarah Blasko with Surprise Guests
Friday 20 June, Redfern

Refugee Week Ambassador Sarah Blasko plays a one-off show to raise funds for the Refugee Council of Australia. One new song and special guests.
Details: $45; 8.00pm; Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern; Tickets on sale from 9am Wednesday 4 June at http://giantdwarf.com.au/tickets/
Welcome to Newcastle Morning Tea
Friday 20 June, Cooks Hill

A warm, welcoming morning tea to welcome refugees to the City of Newcastle.
Details: Free; 10.30am; Newcastle City Branch Library, Laman Street, Cooks Hill; Contact 02 4974 5300 and library@ncc.nsw.gov.au.
Youth for Human Rights recognises World Refugee Day
Friday 20 June, Sydney

Youth for Human Rights is holding events, films and seminars to recognise World Refugee Day.
Details: Free; 10.00am-9.00pm; Church of Scientology, 201 Castlereagh Street, Sydney; Contact nigel@youthforhumanrights.org.au.
World Refugee Day Celebrations at Newtown
Friday 20 June, Newtown

Celebrating cultural diversity with ZangDrum and local hip-hop artist KWEEN G
Details: Free; 11.00am-3.00pm; Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, opposite Newtown rail station; Contact Helen on 02 9564 7333 and helen@newtowncentre.org.
Refugee Week Family Celebration Day
Saturday 21 June, Mt Austin

The Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga and support services in the city will host a family celebration day with free activities including rides, farm animal display, stalls, face painting, activities for kids and cultural performances.
Details: Free; 11.00am-2.00pm; Henschke Primary School, 103 Fernleigh Rd, Mt Austin; Contact Jessica Boatwright on 02 6921 6666 or jessica.boatwright@mcww.org.au .
Candlelight Walk for Refugees
Saturday 21 June, The Entrance

Light a candle and walk across The Entrance bridge to recognise the contributions that refugees make to the social fabric of Australia. On the bridge, we will pause for a minute's silence to remember those who have perished in their search for a safe haven. Candles will be provided and participants are welcome to meet at The Entrance Hotel after the event.
Details: Free; 5.45pm; Pelican feeding area, The Entrance town centre; Contact Rosina Johnson on 0435 355 414 or Danielle Habib on 0416 851 015.
Refugee Week Festival
Saturday 21 June, Fairfield

Activities include speeches, cultural performances, food stalls, children's activities, buskers, craft displays, traditional costumes and youth soccer competition.
Details: Free; 10.00am-2.00pm; Fairfield High School, The Horsley Drive, Fairfield; Contact Simon Sogora on 02 9727 0477 and hers@fmrc.net.
Griffith Refugee Week celebration
Saturday 21 June, Griffith

Celebrate refugees in our community with a barbecue at Griffith City Park. Bring a plate to share if you can.
Details: Bring a plate to share; 11.30am; Griffith City Park; Contact Sakina on 02 6962 0500 and sakinabibi.prasad@facs.nsw.gov.au.
World Refugee Day Rally
Saturday 21 June, Cronulla

Speakers include NSW MLC David Shoebridge, NTEU State Secretary and former Sutherland Mayor Genevieve Kelly, former refugees who have been detained and more. March from Monro Park to the office Scott Morrison MP
Details: Free; 12.00pm-2.00pm; Monro Park, opposite Cronulla station; Contact Mark Goudkamp on 0422 078 376 and refugeeactionsyd@gmail.com. Visit http://www.refugeeaction.org.au/
Western Sydney Refugee Youth Awards 2014
Saturday 21 June, Auburn

Celebrating the outstanding achievements of newly-arrived young people in the areas of academic achievement, creative arts, performance arts, sporting achievement and community leadership. Light refreshments provided.
Details: 11.00am-2.00pm; Auburn Town Hall, 1 Susan Street, Auburn Contact 02 9649 6955 and youth@auburndiversity.org.au.
Asylum seekers, workers on 457 visas and exploitation
Saturday 21 June, Newcastle

A public meeting hosted by Socialist Alliance featuring the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union.
Details: 2.00pm-4.00pm; Resistance Centre, 472 Hunter Street, Newcastle Contact Niko on 0406 296 141 and lekaniko@gmail.com.
Festival of Friendship
Saturday 21 June, Leichhardt

A great day of Arabic food, stalls with products directly from Palestine, music, photography, a forum and film. Funds raised by the Leichhardt Friends of Hebron benefit the education of young students, particularly girls in the village of Dkaika where there is no access to transport to attend school. Forum from 3pm to 5pm on "Is the right of return for Palestinian refugees necessary for peace?" Screening of "The Village Under the Forest" starts is from 6pm to 7.15pm.
Details: Entry by donation; 12.00pm-8.00pm; Leichhardt Town Hall, corner Marion and Norton streets, Leichhardt; Contact Miriam on 0414 589 643 and hebronleichhardt@gmail.com. Details at http://hebronleichhardt.wordpress.com/
Refugee Week Celebration
Saturday 21 June, Villawood

This celebration brings together refugees from different countries and raises awareness about human rights in Burma.
Details: Free; 11.00am-3.00pm; Villawood Senior Citizens' Hall, Villawood Road, Villawood; Contact Saw Lwin Oo on 02 9632 6248 and slwinoo@ymail.com.
Ladies Fun Club
Saturday 21 June, Mayfield

Ladies Fun Club at Penola House. For ladies only.
Details: Free: Penola House, 3 Wilson Street, Mayfield; Contact Sister Di on 02 4979 1371 and diana.santleben@mn.catholic.edu.au.
Welcome Lunch
Sunday 22 June, Auburn

Bring a dish of your favourite cuisine to share as you meet both established Australians and newly-arrived people at this special Welcome Lunch. Develop connections, build a culture of understanding and enjoy cultural displays and performances. Hosted by Joining the Dots.
Details: Free (bring a dish of your favourite food to share); 12.00pm-2.00pm; Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn; Contact 02 9735 1382 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/welcome-lunch-refugee-week-2014-tickets-11536178019.
Divercity Festival
Sunday 22 June, Newcastle

Amnesty International Newcastle, Welcome to Australia Newcastle and Newcastle Museum have teamed up to host free dance and theatre performances, music and craft workshops, a film festival, an art exhibition and more. The festival aims to provide hands-on opportunities for members of the public to see, taste and touch other cultures, and to demonstrate the ways in which cultural diversity enriches our city. Come along, throw down a rug on the grass near our stage and enjoy your picnic lunch.
Details: Free; 10.00am-3.00pm; Newcastle Museum, 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle; Contact Anne at newcastle@amnesty.org.au. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/457578784378125/
Prayer Service for Peace
Sunday 22 June, San Isdore

An interfaith prayer service led by a variety of religious and community leaders, followed by light refreshments.
Details: Free; 3.00pm; Our Lady of the Blessed Eucharist Church, corner Benedict and Eugene avenues, San Isdore; Contact Joan on 02 6937 0003 .
Meaningful Movies on Syria
Monday 23 June, Chippendale

The NSW Refugee Network's movie night will focus on Syria with two documentaries, a guest speaker and Q and A session.
Details: Free; 6.30pm-8.30pm; Amnesty International NSW Action Centre, 79 Myrtle Street, Chippendale; Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/775842575768286/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming.
Group Launch: Mary Meets Mohammad
Wednesday 25 June, Randwick

A documentary film that follows the arrival of Tasmania's first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad who is detained inside the centre.
Details: $15; 7.00pm; Ritz Cinema, 45 St Paul's Street, Randwick; Contact Amanda on 0431 962 022 and randwick.amnesty@gmail.com. RSVP to http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/film-night-mary-meets-mohammad-tickets-11502425063
Refugee Week: Restoring Hope
Thursday 26 June, Cabramatta

The Immigration and Refugee Women's Network (IRNWN) event includes guest speakers, cultural performances and information stalls and will be hosted by IRWN co-convenor Dr Eman Sharobeem. Event sponsored by Fairfield City Council, Amnesty International and STARTTS.
Details: Free; 11.00am-2.00pm; Cabravale Leisure Centre, Broomfield Street, Cabramatta; Contact Trang Do on 02 9794 1900 or trang.do@sswahs.nsw.gov.au.
Refugee Camp in My Suburb
Saturday 28 June, Cronulla

An interactive experience to create awareness of the vulnerabilities faced by refugees and displaced people forced to flee their homes. Guest speakers will share their insights.
Details: 11.30am-3.00pm; Cronulla Mall, Cronulla; Contact 02 9599 2522 and rsg.sgss@gmail.com.

Saturday 28 June, Cronulla

Film screening of Mary Meets Mohammad, a modern fairy tale about an unlikely friendship between two people who find themselves on the same island.
Details: Every half hour between 11.30am and 3.00pm; Hall 2, Cronulla Central, Cronulla Street, Cronulla; Contact 02 9599 2522 and rsg.sgss@gmail.com.