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Migration, Refugees and Identity Politics

  • Deakin Downtown Level 12, Tower 2 Docklands Australia (map)

An Alfred Deakin Institute Policy Forum

What are the challenges and opportunities facing Australian society, as well as state and federal governments, in engaging with migration in a time of unparalleled mobility and movement of people?

Whilst in the midst of a federal election that, thankfully, has not been dominated by identity politics and inflated anxiety about ‘national security’, and in a discursive environment in which Australians are generally supportive of migration, many still remain conflicted and confused. Additionally, in light of the threat of a significant presence of right-wing minor party politicians in the new federal parliament, and hateful extremists disproportionally dominating social media, containing the politics of fear and protest represents a resilient challenge.

These challenges feature on a backdrop of the unresolved issues of national recognition for First Nations Australians and justice and compassion for asylum seekers trapped in an inhumane, Kafkaesque limbo that demand urgent and substantial responses.

Please join us for this expert policy forum featuring Tasneem Chopra, Lydia Khalil, David Manne and Jock Collins.

Update: Unfortunately Professor Jock Collins has fallen ill and will no longer be able to speak on this panel.



Tasneem Chopra

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Tasneem Chopra studied psychology and international development, and has spent two decades pursuing social change, as a curator, cross-cultural consultant and TEDx Melbourne alumnus.

As an Australian Muslim of Indian–Kenyan heritage, she has put much energy into conquering stereotypes, particularly as these affect minorities. The Age named her as one of Melbourne’s most influential ‘Movers and Shakers’ of 2008, whilst in 2009 the Australian listed her as one of 100 Emerging Leaders.

Tasneem sits on various boards, including serving as chairperson to the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights, as well as ‘Lentil As Anything’, a community restaurant. She proudly champions the power of a lone voice that is amplified when others listen.

Lydia Khalil

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Lydia Khalil is a Research Fellow in the West Asia Program at the Lowy Institute.

She has a broad range of policy, academic and private sector experience, and has spent her career focusing on the intersection between governance and security.

Lydia’s professional background in politics, international relations and security has focused on US national security policy, Middle East politics and intelligence. She was international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York where she analysed political and security trends in the Middle East. She also served as a political advisor for the US Department of Defense in Iraq, where she worked closely with Iraqi officials on political negotiations and constitutional drafting. In Australia, Lydia held fellowships with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and Macquarie University, specialising in intelligence, national security and cyber security.

Lydia also has extensive national security and law enforcement experience. She was most recently a senior policy advisor to the Boston Police Department, working on countering violent extremism, intelligence and counterterrorism, and community policing strategies. She has also worked as a senior counterterrorism and intelligence analyst for the New York Police Department.

Lydia is a frequent media commentator and conference speaker and has published widely on her areas of expertise. She holds a BA in International Relations from Boston College and a Masters in International Security from Georgetown University.

Jock Collins

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Unfortunately Jock Collins has fallen ill and will no longer be able to speak at this event.

Jock Collins is Professor of Social Economics in the Management Discipline Group at the UTS Business School, Sydney, Australia. He has been teaching and conducting research at UTS since 1977. His research interests centre on an interdisciplinary study of immigration and cultural diversity in the economy and society. His recent research has been on Australian immigration, ethnic crime, immigrant and Indigenous entrepreneurship, immigrant youth, ethnic precincts and tourism, multiculturalism, the Cronulla Beach Riots, global teachers, immigrants and the built environment and immigrants in regional and rural Australia and the social use of ethnic heritage and the built environment. He is the author or co-author of ten books and the author of over 100 articles in international and national academic journals and book chapters.

David Manne


David Manne is a human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Refugee Legal (previously the Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre (RILC)). He has worked in various capacities assisting refugees and asylum seekers for over 20 years. In January 2001, he joined Refugee Legal, at the forefront of defending the rights, the dignity and the lives of asylum seekers, refugees and disadvantaged migrants.

David sat on the Board of the Refugee Council of Australia for seven years, and currently the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Ethics Committee, and a number of peak Government consultative bodies. He has also been appointed to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Advisory Board of Eminent Persons. He has been invited to attend and present at the UN High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges on numerous occasions.

David has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Law Institute of Victoria Paul Baker Prize for Administrative and Human Rights Law, the Law Institute President’s Awards (2006 and 2011), was shortlisted for the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Medal in 2011 and been frequently named as one of Australia’s Leading Immigration Lawyers in the Australian edition of Best Lawyers.

David headed Refugee Legal’s legal teams in successfully arguing 10 out of 10 High Court challenges, including the cases of Plaintiff M61 (regarding the Government’s ‘offshore processing’ regime in Australia); Plaintiffs M70/M106 (the ‘Malaysia Solution’ case); Plaintiff M47 (challenging security assessment and indefinite detention of a refugee); Plaintiff M76 (regarding indefinite detention of a refugee on security grounds); Plaintiff M150 (challenge by a 15 year old unaccompanied refugee in relation to the Government’s attempt to bar permanent protection through a visa cap); and Plaintiff S89 (challenging a Government regulation designed to bar boat arrivals from permanent protection).


Light refreshments will be served from 5:30pm.

Prayer spaces will be made available for individuals observing Ramadan. Please contact when registering your attendance if you require use of this space.