Asylum Seekers Centre community speakers program

Am one of the community speakers. Have done one speech so far, to about 60 people.

https://asylumseekerscentre.org.au/introducing-our-community-speakers-program/

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We have a network of over 25 community speakers, who come from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds. Our speakers are an important link between our Centre and the community. They have been specially recruited and trained with the skills and knowledge required to talk to the community about people seeking asylum and the work of the Centre.

Our presentations

Our presentations are free and suitable for a wide variety of audiences such as:
Community groups and clubs
Schools and higher education organisations
Churches and other religious groups
Professional associations and organisations
Health organisations
Multicultural groups

Presentations are typically 30 minutes in duration, which includes Q&A time. Presentations can, however, be tailored to meet the specific needs of your audience.

How to book a Community Speaker

We recommend booking a speaker at least one month prior to your event. To make a speaker booking click here.

Our Community Speakers Program currently runs across Sydney only. If you are from regional or rural NSW and are interested in our program we would like to hear from you, as we will be looking at ways to extend our community reach to areas outside of Sydney in the near future.

How can I find out more?

To find out more about the ASC Community Speakers Program please send us an an email tocsp@asylumseekerscentre.org.au
To find out more about other ways that you can support the work of the ASC click here.

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Our Community Speakers Program is supported by the City of Sydney and the Pratt Foundation.

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Zumbo’s Just Desserts

image-1-1Love Adriano Zumbo and his amazing desserts and predilection for magic, fantasy and fairy tales. Great Willy Wonka velvet jacked and crazy bright blue shoes. The gold chocolate ducky in the ginger ale bubble bath! The back-to-school desk! The romantic Lovenbouche! The floating Willy Wonka Hat Trick!

Rachel Khoo is the perfect foil, with her Mary Poppins precise pronunciation, great foodie instincts and well-timed winces as Zumbo lists every Aussie dessert as his fave, or looks askance at his goofy laugh.

Am so happy no-nonsense Mum Kate won, nothing can beat her experience gained while making all those Women’s Weekly Dessert Cookery book recipes for school fetes. She said she’d made a lot of cheesecakes.

A big Mardi Gras moment when the confetti was shot out of a cannon all over the winners. Kate says she’ll use the $100,000 to buy a pop-up dessert truck where we can all flock to savour her incredible flavours. And she gets to make a creation to be sold in the Zumbo shop. Runner-up Ali, an insurance broker — famous for her anxiety-inspired meltdowns — thanked everyone for the “journey”. Loved Amie’s artistry in the show (though the annoying bandanna she wore every appearance looked like she was trying to hide a head injury).

Have been visiting the local bakery, Crispy Inn, more frequently thanks to this series, and grew fond of their custard mille-feuille, chocolate eclairs and profiteroles.

Married at First Sight Australia season 2 episode 8 Finale

The contestants have figured out, since it’s Season 2, that the decisions don’t really mean anything, so *everyone* decided to stay ttttogether, as, why not? They could easily split up as soon as the cameras are switched off. Noone gets to look like the bad guy.

The highlight was Tatts and Teacher, with Tatts being self-destructive as he didn’t feel good enough for her, so he avoids getting hurt by screwing it up.

She keeps us in suspense, looking very cross that he keeps screwing up. But she says yes.

It doesn’t really matter, as all the couples weren’t legally married anyway, and who knows if they’re still together after the cameras stop rolling? Might as well say yes, then leave them in the car park.

Enjoyed the rest of the series, and I s’pose if there had been some splits it would have been interesting, but seems the contestants have figured out they can’t lose by saying yes they’ll stay together. Whereas saying no would paint them as the bad guy.

Hope Tatts and Teacher are still together.

Married at First Sight Australia season 2 episode 7

tatt“All I know is how to defend and protect,” says Tatts, clearly referring to his former Navy job. Everyone’s crying as Tatts seems to have got a defence lawyer to compose the perfect apology. He does stuff to get back in her good graces: driving, washing the dishes. Teacher isn’t happy and warns him if he breaks his promise and gets nasty again, she’ll be heartbroken, as it’ll be over.

They do some portrait paintings on a windy beach and it seems v awks and Teacher starts painting his face as a bit of an attack and he cops it good-heartedly.

Am feeling sorry for Radio Girl and Fashion Designer cos she says she’s a shallow party girl and it seems she can’t really commit cos she’s been hurt before. Fashion Designer is lovely and sweet and suddenly I want them to be together forever. But still have reservations, as he doesn’t really like Pinky, her teddy. She doesn’t want him to move in straight away, probably cos she needs a break from all the sex. He’s very upset and says if she doesn’t want to, that’s sad. But surely they could live separately for a bit and then move in together?

Tatts’ family goes on about how he’s so immature and they’re glad Teacher has been a good influence. But does she always want to be the Adult? She loves his fun side, but it could get tedious being the main grown-up. He gets drunk with his navy mates and gets a random tattoo, crucially the night before Decision Night. A psychologist expert chimes in that he’s self-sabotaging cos he feels he’s not good enough/afraid of getting hurt etc. He’s only 26, so of course he’s immature. Teacher says she can’t trust him on his drunk nights out. He’s not that shocking really, pretty normal for a 26-yr-old. The dinner party angst freaked me out, though. I think he needs some post-navy debriefing. Seeing the bodies of refugees — women and kids drowning — would have had a big effect.

Am very surprised two of the girls wear teensy shorts to meet their mother-in-laws for lunch!!

Married at First Sight Australia season 2 episode 6

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He  should be given help, not paraded on national TV.

Teacher gives an honest but foreboding assessment of Tatts as being more immature than her and am thinking, is it immaturity or trauma reactions/barriers?

Jess is a total hero going in single, facing the “deliriously happy couples”. She says she’s happy to see all their happiness. Dumper Dave wanders around like a directionless lump.

Teacher gives a great speech about hanging on thru the “Oh Shit!” moments, not realising she’s got a lot of them coming up.

There’s a huge blowup where Tatts suggests Radio Girl is too easy and it’s like Inner City v Everyone Else as the Fashion Designer presses all Tatts’ buttons and a punch up nearly happens.

Teacher runs out as she can’t stand Tatts making an idiot of himself, and she hears what went down and seriously wonders if he’ll ever fit in with her inner city friends. He doesn’t know what the Sydney Mardi Gras is, he doesn’t like career women who don’t want kids. Their earlier speech about having similar values suddenly sounds hollow. He apologises and realises he needs to get some lessons in diversity and that he shouldn’t criticise others’ lifestyle choices. It was a bit scary, and he’s been crossed off all Inner West dinner party invite lists.

Radio Girl has no boundaries when talking about sex but Fashion Designer tells her she’s great and he supports her. I think it won’t last and he knows it. It all happened when he said last episode: “Do u wash Pinky?” (the teddy bear.) If a bloke doesn’t love your teddy bear, it’s over.

M&M, well, Firefighter doesn’t seem into it, and they’re like two Venture Scouts together. Nice to look at, but it’s not going anywhere.

Teacher locks Tatts out of the bathroom. It’s a tragedy. Where’s the support for trauma-affected Navy people who’ve seen dead bodies of women and kids while doing Border Patrol stuff? Whatever’s being done, it isn’t working. It’s a big ask to expect a Teacher to take him on when he seems to need help.

I wish life had those cutaway moments where you could reflect on bad decisions and play them back to loved ones later.

Married at First Sight Australia season 2 episode 5

Am feeling cheated re: Jess and Dave’s big talk, which happened in last night’s qwepisode and was cryptic cos Dave didn’t give any answers. In the newly edited version this evening, we get his full explanation — why couldn’t we have seen that last night? Would have meant Dave would have made sense.

Jess gives him a death stare that’d melt the Death Star and Dave looks totes shell-shocked. She’s crying and embarrassed and she would be great doing morning TV or something cos she’s so real. She gets home and cries a lot, but at least she found out early that he was wrong. Her friend is lovely: “He’s an idiot.”

We see Dave at home, and give the editor an Emmy, it’s brilliant. He’s crashed out to Simply the Best. A bottle of Eno is on the table, its label facing the camera.

Tatts and Teacher are planning how many kidz they’ll have. The new tatt where he’s a lion morphing into her is bizarre!!! Red flag right there.

Andy is alone in his NZ honeymoon castle, feeling like Queen Elsa, regretting he’s so reserved. He magically finds Craig, and they sit on the grass as Craig accuses him of being a wet fish and Andy says he’s been cheated on twice before and he’s trying to get over being a wet fish. Craig says he’s been cheated on twice too, and he’s not a wet fish, so it’s not inevitable. Andy announces it’s over and he cries and Craig hugs him. They both walk away sobbing and devastated, and we all want them to get back together. Craig wanders the streets of NZ forlorn, literally not knowing where to go, since he’s left the honeymoon castle early.

Radio Girl and Dad: When he says: “Have you washed him?” (her pink teddy bear), you know it’s over. Cutaway to him having buyer’s remorse. She wants to christen every room and he says “I feel like it might be a long night…” Later, he says he loves her and she says they’re soul mates cos of the Angel Cards saying so. Slick editing? Dunno, am not feeling it.

BEST QUOTE: “She’s got a really caring heart, like me, like, if you’re in the position to help anyone, she’d take that opportunity with both hands.” — Tatts

 

Married at First Sight Australia season 2 episode 4

BEST QUOTES: (both by Craig, Kylie’s hairdresser) “Fang it, fang it!”

222.jpgAND: “We were on top of the mountain, living the dream and he doesn’t even want to touch me!”

Gay Andy is taking his time showing affection to Craig, which is driving Craig crazy. He leaves. 😦

Felt sorry for Jess cos her bloke isn’t into her. Don’t reckon it’s her fault, as it seems he’s got something else on his mind, cos he’s making a big effort to show he’s not interested. It’s DEFFO not her fault, since she’s into Backstreet Boyz, knowing all their lyrics, she’s the perfect fun singalong girly girl.

Tatts gives it his all: throws away his nose ring; attempts an underseas kiss, learns how to drink wine, cooks fish over a campfire and does some amazing hula dancing. Winning!!

In a major subplot, a bloke tells a blonde radio girl that he has a six-yr-old kid who’s overseas. He flies overseas for five days out of every couple of months and that’s non-negotiable. Lots of problems potential. Radio girl says all the right things, she still likes him etc. She looks really thrown, as you would, as you’re s’posed to know that type of thing *before* getting married!!

Am a bit disappointed some of the couples are so quick to “get it on”, probably due to booze. I s’pose they’re encouraged to drink, to raise the stakes. But I’d rather they get to know each other. It seems a bit fake otherwise, or “for the TV”. Ideally, I’d like to see people having a choice of dating several others on dating shows. True matches are what I want!