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Changemakers Interviewed

Asher Hirsch

I am a Senior Policy Officer with the Refugee Council of Australia, the national peak body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. My work involves research, policy development and advocacy on national and international issues impacting refugee communities.
I am admitted to practice as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria and volunteer as a refugee lawyer at Refugee Legal. I completed my practical legal training with the Human Rights Law Centre, where I worked on the case of M68/2015 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.
I am completing a PhD at Monash University in refugee and human rights law. My PhD investigates Australia’s extraterritorial migration control activities in Southeast Asia. These operations, run by Australian agencies in partnership with local authorities in Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries, aim to prevent asylum seekers reaching Australian territory in order to apply for protection. My research explores the extent of Australia’s involvement in these operations, and the extraterritorial application of Australia’s human rights obligations in regards to these activities. - 

Dr. Amy Nethery

Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy Studies at Deakin University
Melbourne Burwood Campus
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2011
Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle, 1999
Research interests
Migration and asylum policy in Australia and Asia; citizenship and governance; theories and histories of incarceration; policy development in democracies.
Australian Political Science Association
Refugee Council of Australia
Units taught
AIP116 Modern Political Ideologies
AIP209 Asylum Challenges in Australia and Asia
AIP230 Public Policy in Australia
2014 Boyer Prize for the best original article published in Australian Journal of International Affairs in 2014 (‘Australian-Indonesian cooperation’).
2011 Isi Leibler Prize for the thesis that best advances knowledge about racism in Australia (Immigration detention in Australia).
2016: Forced migration and regional cooperation Southeast Asia: policymakers’ perceptions, strategies and constraints, funded by CRGS.
2016: Secrecy and human rights in Australia's offshore detention centres, funded by ADI Research Dissemination Grant - 


Carly Gordyn 

Carly Gordyn commenced her doctoral studies at ANU in early 2014. Her research seeks to understand Australia’s bilateral relations and cooperation on asylum policy. Specifically, she is interested in Australia’s relations with Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Nauru. Her research interests also include Indonesia, the international refugee regime and humanitarianism.

Carly’s background includes working in the detention centres on Christmas Island and Nauru, as well as teaching English in Indonesia. She graduated from Deakin University with First Class Honours and majored in International Relations and Indonesian language. In 2014 she was awarded the Australian Journal of International Affairs’ Boyer Prize which she shared with Dr Amy Nethery of Deakin University for their co-authored article ‘Australia-Indonesia Cooperation on Asylum-Seekers: A Case of “Incentivised Policy Transfer”’. - 

Dr. Max Lane

Max Lane has an extensive insights into 20th century and contemporary Indonesia & Australia. He studied Indonesian Studies in the University of Sydney in 1969 – 1972, and he has subsequently travelled throughout the country back and forth since then. Between 1978 until 1981, he was working as a mid-level officer for Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Initially he worked in the overseas aid arm before that role prior to becoming the officer. His work in the Embassy was cut short due to his activities in translating some of Indonesia’s banned literary under the Suharto regime back then.  

Current roles:
- Visiting Lecturer,
Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Gajah Mada University
- Visiting Senior Fellow,
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies - Yusof Ishak Institute

Max Lane is the author of Unfinished Nation: Indonesia before and after Suharto (Verso, 2008, 2017; in Indonesian by Djaman Baroe with three new chapters, 2014) and Catastrophe in Indonesia (Seagull Books, 2010; in Indonesian by Djaman Baroe, 2012) and Indonesia Tidak Hadir di Bumi Manusia (forthcoming 2017, Djaman Baroe.) He is translator of Pramoedya Ananta Toer's This Earth of Mankind series of four books, of Arok Dedes, as well as The Chinese in Indonesia and also plays and poems of W.S. Rendra. 

He is a Visiting Lecturer in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Gajah Mada University and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies - Yusof Isak Institute, Singapore. -

Max Lane is a writer and researcher and translator, editor and consultant with 36 years of experience in and with Indonesia, as well as with Singapore and the Philippines and with the East Timorese community in Australia. He is an Honorary Associate in Indonesian Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney. - 

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Atin Prabandari 

Mrs Atin Prabandari is lecturer in the Department of International Relations Universitas Gadjah Mada, and also fellow researcher in Center for Digital Society, ASEAN Studies Center and Southeast Asia Social Studies Center Universitas Gadjah Mada -

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Dr. Savitri Taylor 
BCom, LLB(Hons) (Melb.), PhD (Melb.), Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria
Area of study
Brief profile
Savitri Taylor's area of research interest is refugee law and asylum policy at the national, regional and international level. The abstracts and/or full text of most of her scholarly publications are available for down load on her SSRN author page.
Dr Taylor is Deputy Editor of  the refereed international relations journal Global, Change, Peace and Security and an Editorial Board member of the refereed law journal Law in Context.  She is also very involved with the refugee sector in Australia and the region being, among other things, a member of the Management Committee of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre Inc in Victoria and an individual member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. - 

Dr Taylor’s own area of research interest is refugee law and asylum policy at the national, regional and international level.
Her most recently completed research project looked at  the impact of Australia’s border control cooperation with Indonesia and PNG on the human rights of asylum seekers and host communities in those two countries. 
Dr Taylor’s current research project investigates the feasibility and desirability of an Asia-Pacific regional protection framework. - 
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Trish Cameron

Legal aid/mentoring refugee individuals & initiatives in Southeast Asia.


policy advisory committee. Monash IAEP tutor. Lives on Bunurong lands. 

Mozhgan Moaref

Mozhgan is a human rights advocate, public speaker and legally trained refugee law paralegal, with a Bachelor’s degree in English Teaching and Translation.

In 2013 Mozhgan moved to Indonesia with her parents and younger brother. Over the next few years she became increasingly involved in supporting refugee communities, first as a trained interpreter by the American university of Cairo assisting the Suaka Legal Aid Program of the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute, then as a paralegal assisting asylum seekers to draft applications for asylum and supporting the work of International Refugee Lawyers in Indonesia. She speaks 4 languages, English, Farsi, Dari and Bahasa Indonesia.

Mozhgan is the co-founder of the Refugees and Asylum Seekers Information Center, a member of the Jakarta Refugee Network, a founding member of the Jakarta Refugee Advocacy Network (JAPPSI), coordinates multiple programs in support of refugee communities including hygiene and food packages, eye and dental care clinics, connecting individuals with medical assistance and responding to legal aid inquiries. She writes for publications and speaks at events, seminars, conferences Internationally. 

Mozhgan is also a refugee recognised under the UNHCR’s 1951 Refugee Convention, a refugee stranded in a transit country without any rights.

Source -

Andrew Wilkie MP 



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