Executive Director: Jacinta Thompson

Out of Sight. Out of Mind?

From prisoners – to child soldiers – to refugees and asylum seekers. The Hawke Centre program provides a platform to those silenced and forgotten.  

This month at the Hawke Centre we are joined by Professor Baz Dreisinger, who will encourage us to rethink our prison systems, and outline the value of rehabilitation and reintegration systems – with examples from across the globe. She is joined by local experts based at the University of South Australia, Professor Rick Sarre and Dr Heather Anderson.

Through his international bestseller, Marching Powder, Rusty Young shared his experience in Bolivia’s San Pedro prison. Launching his latest novel: Colombiano, he once again provides a view into a world most cannot access. Colombiano, is based on his interactions with special forces soldiers, snipers, undercover intelligence agents and members of two vicious terrorist organisations – the FARC and Autodefensas. During this time he was both shocked and touched by the stories of child soldiers he encountered. He vowed to one day turn their tales into a book and let their voices be heard. 

Students from primary to tertiary level have used art to create a visual dialogue describing multiculturalism, anti-racism and human rights for the annual SA Refugee Week Youth Poster Awards Exhibition. Across all ages, the exhibition never fails to demonstrate young people’s: awareness of international conflict; empathy for those seeking asylum – including those in off-shore detention centres; and their strong desire to welcome those who have or hope to be accepted for settlement in Australia. It is certainly encouraging that our young people are so passionate and sensitive to these issues. Next month the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery will present: Stories.

Registrations are now open for Automotive Restructuring and the Rise of Industry Policy in Europe and the UK, delivered by Professor David Bailey (UK). We look forward to his thoughts on the future of the manufacturing sector.

We have created a new section in our Newsletter, a snapshot from our colleagues at The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library

Be sure to check out our Community Events page – this month there are many events organised as part of the SA Refugee Week. As always our back-catalogue via our ‘Relive our Events’ page gives you the opportunity to catch up on any events you missed or want to revisit.

I look forward to seeing you at a Hawke Centre event soon!

Jacinta Thompson
Executive Director

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