For those who've come across the seas: Meanjin at the Australian Centre
Forum Theatre, Level 1
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‘It doesn’t take long to break a man. You can do it in a second, in one punch, one judgment handed down, one small gesture. I’ve seen it happen … To watch someone break over a period of months was a different thing altogether… That’s what I saw as a doctor in Nauru.’
In the March issue of Meanjin Dr Nick Martin documents the unpleasant, sometimes hellish, truth of what is happening in the Australian detention camp on Nauru. Frustrated and appalled, Martin would turn whistleblower in the end.
In his article 'Diary of a Nauru Doctor', he describes the living mental, physical and bureaucratic hell of Australia’s detention regime, and explains how what he saw on Nauru forced him to make that experience public.
Hear Nick Martin in conversation with the former head of the Human Rights Commission, Professor Emeritus Gillian Triggs. The event will be introduced by the Human Rights Law Centre's Arif Hussein.
This event will launch the Autumn 2018 edition of Meanjin. Copies will be available to purchase after the event.
Presented by the Australian Centre and Meanjin Quarterly
Mr Arif Hussein, Lawyer
Mr Arif Hussein
Human Rights Law centre
Arif Hussein is a lawyer working with refugees and asylum seekers through the Human Rights Law Centre. He has been on four deployments to the Manus Island regional processing centre.
Dr Nick Martin, General Practitioner
Dr Nick Martin
Dr Nick Martin is a GP. He trained in the UK, and is a former surgeon lieutenant commander with the British Royal Navy and has worked around the world including in conflict zones. He worked as a senior medical officer on Nauru from 201617.
Professor Emeritus Gillian Triggs, University of Melbourne
Professor Emeritus Gillian Triggs
University of Melbourne
Gillian Triggs was the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 20122017 and is the new Chair of Justice Connect, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting people locked out of the justice system with free legal help. She is also Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Vice President of the Asian Development Bank Tribunal. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007–2012 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005–2007. Professor Triggs is a former Barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers and a Governor of the College of Law. Professor Triggs graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organisations advising on including human rights law. She is focused on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and on working with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.