Jenny Leong MP spoke to the Parliament to alert them to the fact it is Refugee Week and thanked the organisations working to support refugees and asylum seekers in NSW.
"I draw the attention of this Parliament to the fact that this week is Refugee Week and thanks the wonderful organisations working to support refugees and asylum seekers in NSW. This Refugee Week I am participating in the Social Outfit’s Wear the Change 2020 challenge. The Social Outfit, located in the electorate of Newtown, employs people from refugee and new migrant backgrounds in ethical clothing production, retail and design. Wear the Change 2020 is an ethical fashion styling challenge to raise funds for The Social Outfit’s non-profit community programs. I also wish to acknowledge the incredible work of the Asylum Seeker Centre, also located in Newtown. The Asylum Seeker Centre is a place of welcome for those in the community who are seeking asylum. They assist people by connecting them to support services, engaging the community in providing support and advocating for asylum seekers and by influencing policy and legal change. Finally, I wish to thank the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) for their incredible work providing psychological treatment and assistance to help refugees and asylum seekers heal from past trauma and rebuild their life in Australia."