Thursday night’s event was a resounding success. Professor Gillian Triggs delivered a powerful speech and the audience had an opportunity to ask their own questions of one of the most highly qualified and experienced lawyers in Australia. We had somewhere between 120 and 150 people present. The Silent Auction raised a substantial amount which will be divided between Justice Connect and the Human Rights Law Centre, both of which provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers and refugees.
Most gratifying of all was the wonderful spirit that the event generated. It was great to see people who previously didn’t know one another having animated discussions with new-found friends. In my own case a lady whom I have known slightly in another context over many years, chatted to me and we discovered that we both had a common interest in the issue of policy towards asylum seekers. A VERY BIG THANK YOU to ALL those who patronised our Silent Auction as well as to all those who helped to create the event.