Supporting the independent education community

Table talk - people seeking asylum

At the Support Staff Conference on Friday 11 August, there will be a stimulating ‘Table talk’ conducted by the Sydney Alliance on the topic of people seeking asylum.

Table talk gives people a chance to open a conversation about an issue. It begins with personal stories, and creates a safe space for people to raise questions and consider how they can act.

Since 2014 Sydney Alliance has been conducting table talks as part of its People Seeking Asylum Campaign. The Sydney Alliance is a nonpartisan, broad based civil society coalition that brings together unions, religious organisations and community organisations to work for the common good of Sydney.

Its People Seeking Asylum Campaign is driven by a diverse team, made up mostly of volunteers, including members of churches and synagogues, priests and ministers, community workers and people seeking asylum themselves.

The presenters

The conference Table talk will be facilitated by two Sydney Alliance leaders, Alex Hogan and Adrian Walker. Alex Hogan works for Uniting as Advocacy Officer for its Social Justice Forum. After completing studies in Communications and International Studies, Alex worked for food relief organisation, Foodbank Australia before joining Uniting. She is skilled in communications and social media and has a genuine commitment to a more just and compassionate society.

Adrian Walker is a retired Probation Officer, who dedicates his time to pursuing justice for people seeking protection in Australia. He is a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society, where he serves on the recently developed social justice network.

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