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The 2016 Census shows 49% of the population were either born overseas or have one parent born outside Australia, yet these percentages are not reflected in political representation and participation.

Despite the central role people of refugee and migrant background play in so many social, economic and cultural aspects of our communities, their legal and human rights are continually under attack, and racist commentary from politicians and media figures is increasing in frequency and vitriol.

Please join us for a public forum about Australia’s current migration policies, followed by an informal afternoon tea.

Our panel discussion will explore where our migration system is broken, and where it works. We will discuss the erosion of family reunion principles, why it’s becoming harder to become a citizen, and how as a community we can push for a more effective participation of migrants in Australian democracy. We will also consider the long hangover of 9/11 and how this has shaped our thinking about these issues.


Dr Mehreen Faruqi

Mehreen is a Greens MP who entered the NSW Parliament's Upper House in 2013 and was the first Muslim woman to hold a seat in any Australian parliament. This month she will be sworn in as a Senator for NSW in the federal Parliament. She is also an engineer, academic, and activist working for social and environmental justice. Since migrating from Pakistan, Mehreen has spent the past twenty-five years working and raising her family in regional NSW and Sydney.

Navdeep Singh 

Navdeep is a proud working-class man who migrated from to Australia from Punjab, India, in 2006 and runs a vehicle workshop in Moorooka, Brisbane. He was the Greens candidate for the seat of Inala in the 2017 Queensland election, and is second on the Greens Senate ticket at the upcoming federal election.

With more speakers to be announced soon...


Transport & Accessibility

The Newmarket bowls club is accessible for wheelchair users.

An AUSLAN interpreter has been arranged for this event.

We can arrange volunteer childcare and a kids' corner if parents who wish to attend request it.

This forum is open to everyone in the community. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend. We expect this to be an informative and interesting afternoon.

Cost of tickets goes towards paying for venue hire, afternoon tea, and interpreter costs.

Limited parking available at the venue

Take bus number 345/357/359/360/361/372/373/390/921/934/935 to Enoggera Rd at Newmarket (Bus stop no 20) - the venue is 260 metres from the bus stop

If you have any other questions, ring the office of Senator Andrew Bartlett on 3367 0566 or drop us a line on

Authorised by Andrew Bartlett, Queensland Greens, L2/251 Given Tce, Brisbane 4064


August 26th, 2018 2:00 PM   through   5:00 PM
Newmarket Bowls Club 212 Ashgrove Avenue
Phone: 33670566
Concession Entry $ 5.00
Standard Entry $ 10.00
Solidarity Ticket (Standard Entry + donate a ticket) $ 20.00

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