Changes to Minister's Advisory Council
Thursday, 09 February 2012
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, today announced he has extended the term for his Council for Immigration Services and Status Resolution (CISSR), which will now be known as the Minister's Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention (MCASD).
'The council's new name more accurately reflects its focus on issues relating to asylum seekers and immigration detention,' Mr Bowen said.
'For example, the council has played an important role in areas such as community detention and mental health in detention.'
Mr Bowen said he had extended the council's term to September 2014 and made some changes to its terms of reference to clarify its legal status.
'I'd like to thank all of the existing members who have accepted my invitation to continue to serve on the council, and welcome Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny and Bishop Daniel Eugene Hurley to the council,' he said.
'I also extend my thanks to Professor Samina Yasmeen, who is leaving the council to focus on her work at the Australian Multicultural Council. Professor Yasmeen has made a valuable contribution to the council, particularly in relation to the needs of different cultural groups within immigration settings.'
MCASD is an independent advisory council to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship which brings together experts from a range of disciplines to inform policymaking.
Mr Paris Aristotle AM (Chair)
Mr Paris Aristotle AM is the Director of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc in Victoria.
Air Marshal Ray Funnell AC (Deputy Chair)
Air Marshal Ray Funnell is former Chief of the Air Staff (1987-1992) and former Vice Chief of the Defence Force (1986–1987).
Ms Kerrin Benson (Member)
Kerrin Benson is Chief Executive Officer of the Multicultural Development Association (MDA)
Ms Caz Coleman (Member)
Caz Coleman is presently freelancing after finishing her work as Director of the Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project.
Mr Noel Clement (Member)
Noel Clement is General Manager of Domestic Operations with the Australian Red Cross which encompasses a significant suite of migration support programs as well as social inclusion, youth and family programs.
Ms Libby Lloyd AM (Member)
Libby Lloyd is the current Chair of the Australian Commonwealth's Violence against Women Advisory Group (VAWAG).
Associate Professor Harry Minas (Member)
Associate Professor Harry Minas is the Director of the Centre for International Mental Health and the Director of the Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Nicholas Procter PhD RN (Member)
Professor Nicholas Procter is a former Hawke Fellow and current group leader for mental health and substance abuse research within the Division of Health Sciences at University of South Australia.
Dr Maryanne Loughry AM (Member)
Dr Maryanne Loughry is Associate Director of Jesuit Refugee Service-Australia and research professor at the Centre for Human Rights and International Justice, Boston College, USA and the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford.
Dr Jamal Rifi (Member)
Dr Jamal Rifi is a General Practitioner in Sydney and council member of the Australian Lebanese Foundation (University of Sydney).
Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny (Member)
Mary Anne Kenny has been employed at the Murdoch University law School since 1997. She is currently the program manager for the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University. She continues to practice as a lawyer and migration agent through SCALES.
Bishop Daniel Eugene Hurley (Member)
Bishop Eugene Hurley served as a Catholic Priest in the Diocese of Port Pirie for 43 years. He was appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Port Pirie in 1999 and in 2007 was appointed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Darwin.
Last update: Thursday, 09 February 2012 at 16:59 AEST