AGM Thursday 17 November 2022
At the J4RSA AGM 2022, a new Chair, Chris Keating was elected. Chris has been involved with J4RSA for many years most recently as Treasurer. Gary Wilson is continuing in the role of Secretary, and Kirsty Magarey is now Treasurer. Meredith Evans and Meredith Edwards have been re-elected as ordinary members. Along with the returning members, two new MC members were elected to the committee; Libby Hogarth, a registered migration agent specialising in asylum seeker and refugee applications, appeals and advocacy and Eva Kannis -Torry Principal of Thebarton Senior College for the past 8 yrs. Both bring immense knowledge, skills and experience to the committee, and will be a great benefit to the J4RSA team.
The Chair's Report was given by our former Chairperson, Kirsty Magarey, who stepped down from the role this year. In the report, Kirsty highlighted the work J4RSA members did in the lead up to the federal election, meeting with many candidates, including Louise Miller-Frost MP, calling for action on J4RSA Four Priorities for Change Kirsty also discussed the work J4RSA is now focusing on with the 3 Group Actions.
- Advocating for the federal government to prioritise pathways to permanency for refugees on Temporary Protection Visas (TPV) and Safe Haven Enterprise visas (SHEV), along with urgent help for those with mental health issues resulting from prior trauma and years living with uncertainty.
- Advocating for an end to indefinite onshore and offshore detention
- Advocating for those who are not on any form of temporary visa and are on pre-Departure Visas. We argue for a “fair go” for these people living in limbo.
Special Guest speakers :
On the night we were very fortunate to have Ms Louise Miller-Frost MP, newly elected House of Representative Member for Boothby and Mr Mobin Achakzai, an Afghan asylum seeker (Shev) who has just finished his Yr 12 this year and was a 2022 Youth Parliament Member.
Louise Miller-Frost was very generous with her time and energy and spoke well beyond her time, answering all the questions and committing to follow up on issues that she was not in the position to answer. Louise clearly is concerned about issues impacting refugees and people seeking asylum and stayed to discuss these further with members one on one, over supper.
Mobin Achakzai very kindly shared his story with us and his experience in travelling to Australia by boat with his mother and three siblings without food and water. His mother, Malika, 42, was widowed when Mobin was only three, and strived to take her four children to a country where they could fulfil their potential. True to her word, all her children are studying very hard and are excelling at school, however to had further pain, despite Mobin excelling at school he will be unable to attend university unless he receives a scholarship (which are very rare), or pays full international student fees, as he does not have permanency in Australia.
We thank both Louise Miller-Frost MP and Mobin Achakzai for their time and appreciate the opportunity to speak with our members.
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Previous AGM 2021
Held on Wednesday 17 November 2021
At the AGM the Justice for Refugees SA Management Committee was elected unanimously including new Chair Magarey. A list of the new Management Committee members and their bios can be found HERE
We also said farewell to the Sandy Boyce who had been the Justice For Refugees SA Chair for four years.
Forum - The Power of Education in Transitioning Lives
Guest speakers - Refugees from Afghanistan living in Australia speaking about the difficulty in accessing education as well as the crises in Afghanistan, reunification with family, and the struggles, and impact of living here without a pathway for permanent protection.