In the lead-up to the federal election, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is launching an ambitious campaign to debunk many myths about asylum seekers and "take the heat out of this hot potato topic". The campaign is being fronted by actor, model and activist Imogen Bailey, who surprised audiences last year with her passion for the asylum seeker issue on the SBS program, "Go Back to Where You Came From".
A customised Hot Potato van will travel through Victoria, NSW and Queensland. The high visibility journey launches from Melbourne’s Federation Square on August 13 and will end in Sydney’s Martin Place on August 21. Celebrity participants, volunteers from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and refugees will staff the van’s kitchen. Together with Imogen, members of the public and ambassadors will engage in conversations about the issue over a delicious hot potato.
The Hot Potato van arrives in Newcastle next Tuesday August 20! The van will be stopping in Civic Square from approximately 12 noon. People are encouraged to visit the specially adapted "Dining Room", enjoy a hot potato and have a conversation about asylum seekers. Help cool a highly politicised "hot potato" debate with cold, hard facts.
Visit some of the links below to learn more about the campaign: