The Castan Centre 10th Anniversary Lecture Series
'Out to Sea: Refugee Policy Under Rudd Government'
11 February 2010
Held at the Monash University Law Chambers, Melbourne
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Jessie Taylor is a Melbourne lawyer, refugee advocate and recent graduate of Monash University. She is the author of the recent report 'Behind Australian Doors: Examining the Conditions of Detention of Asylum Seekers in Indonesia', which she wrote after a fact-finding mission to Indonesia in July 2009. The report has given rise to a film currently in production, entitled 'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea'. Prior to travelling to Indonesia, she worked on the National Human Rights Consultation as a researcher and writer and in 2007 wrote and produced the film 'We Will Be Remembered For This' which explored the government’s mandatory immigration detention policy. Jessie has Arts and Law degrees from Monash University and a Masters in International Humanitarian Assistance. She is the Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria Refugee Law Reform Committee, and sits on the Executive Committee of the LIV Administrative and Human Rights Law section. Jessie has sat on the board of The Justice Project since 2004 and is the Secretary of the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties (Liberty Victoria), Visiting Fellow at the Australian Human Rights Centre and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Monash Asia Institute.
In this public lecture, Jessie will explore the difficulties surrounding Australia’s refugee policy and will discuss the changes that have occurred to the policy under the Rudd government. She will address these issues in light of what she saw in Indonesia during her fact finding mission in 2009 and will screen segments from her upcoming film.