Jack Thompson, AO, Actor

“It is an absolute joy to be the patron of Sanctuary, which has grown from a small group to being a nationwide network. I have seen the positive impact of their work first-hand.”

Jack Thompson, AO, Actor in the movies Mao's Last Dancer, The Man from Snowy River, Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones, among others.
Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Gillian Triggs

Gillian Triggs, Emeritus Professor, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, was appointmented by the Commonwealth Attorney-General in 2012. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former Barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers and a Governor of the College of Law.

Gillian is a strong advocate for refugee’s human rights and increasing the humanitarian intake during the Syrian refugee crisis.

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David Manne, Human Rights Lawyer and migration agent, and Executive Director of Refugee Legal

David Manne

David Manne is a human rights lawyer and migration agent, and Executive Director of Refugee Legal (previously the Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre (RILC)). He has worked in various capacities assisting refugees and asylum seekers for over 20 years. In January 2001, he joined Refugee Legal, which has been at the forefront of defending the rights, the dignity and the lives of asylum seekers, refugees and disadvantaged migrants.

Dr. Munjed Al Muderis

Dr. Munjed Al Muderis

Associate Prof. Munjed Al Muderis is an orthopaedic surgeon and a clinical lecturer at Macquarie University and The Australian School Of Advanced Medicine.
He fled from war-torn Iraq, came to Australia as a refugee by boat, spent months in a detention centre and went on to become a world famous pioneering surgeon.

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Jack Thompson and Nyitur, a Sudanese woman helped by Sanctuary

Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson, OAM, is a strong refugee advocate. He has acted in movies – The Man from Snowy River, Australia, Star Wars, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Sum of Us, ‘Breaker’ Morant, Broken Arrow and many others. He has also starred in many TV series.

He has been witness to the work of Sanctuary in his local community and has previously been a speaker at Sanctuary events.

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Steve Biddulph

Steve Biddulph

Steve Biddulph, Psychologist, Human Rights Advocate and one of the world’s best known parenting authors. Steve has been a long-time supporter of Sanctuary and is a big campaigner concerning human rights issues.

Steve has run fundraisers for Sanctuary’s work and often drops in for a cup of tea.

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson, co-founder of Actors for Refugees, Actor in theatre, stars in TV series such as Seachange, Blue Heelers, Fat Cow Motel and The Cooks. She has been in films ‘Japanese Story’ and ‘The Jammed’. Kate is proud to play a part in Sanctuary’s work.

She has been a great supporter of Sanctuary’s education program.

Alice Garner

Alice Garner

Alice Garner, co-founder of Actors for Refugees, Refugee Advocate, Actor in the TV series such as Secret Life Us, SeaChange and films Jindabyne, Love and Other Catastrophes. She is also a published author.

Yalda Hakim, SBS Dateline presenter

Yalda Hakim

Yalda Hakim, BBC award-winning journalist (formerly SBS Australia), reports on stories from around the world including Afghanistan, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, S. Sudan, Norway and India. She has interviewed former President Karzai of Afghanistan.

Yalda came to Australia as a small child refugee from Afghanistan in 1983 after her family fled Kabul when Russia invaded.

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Phillip Adams

Phillip Adams

Phillip Adams, OAM, author of over 20 books, ABC broadcaster and film-maker. He is deeply concerned about refugee issues, and a great Sanctuary supporter.

Peter Singer

Peter Singer

Peter Singer, is an Australian philosopher, Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University, laureate professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), University of Melbourne. He specialises in applied ethics, approaching ethical issues from a secular preference utilitarian perspective.