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Petition for the release of Professor Sean Turnell

A Message from ESA's Central Council President

I know many Economic Society members are concerned about the continued detention of respected Australian economist Professor Sean Turnell.

Professor Turnell was detained by the Burmese military after the overthrow of the previous government, for whom he worked as an economic adviser.

I have previously written to the Foreign Minister to express the concern of our members at Professor Turnell’s ongoing detention. 

I am writing to draw your attention to a petition calling for the Australian Government to take additional steps to seek Professor Turnell’s release. If you would like to sign the petition it is open for another week:

e-petitions – Parliament of Australia (aph.gov.au)

Thank you to everyone who has written to us on this matter. I’m sure Professor Turnell will be buoyed by the huge goodwill and support for him amongst his Australia colleagues.  

Danielle Wood
ESA Central Council President

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