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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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smh ad150An outcome of the 15 October 2015 meeting in Canberra between interfaith leaders and politicians on refugee and asylum seeker policy is a cross-party, interfaith taskforce. Among its initiatives is an open letter to politicians that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on the 28th of November urging them to release children from detention for Christmas.

acrt logoTwelve church leaders, who met in Brisbane on Friday, 20 November are calling on the new leader in Australia to show leadership when it comes to discussing the people seeking asylum at Christmas Island, and an put end to the secrecy and dehumanising language used.

CRAL logo 150A new survey by Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) has confirmed the high levels of support provided by religious congregations to refugee and asylum seekers in Australia, which fly in the face of fears these people are a burden on the taxpayer, with their needs being met through concerted localised support.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:58

Children in detention digital resource kit

asrc kids outThe Redemptorists have produced a digital resource kit to advocate for the end of child detention which can be used beyond Children's Week and the Day of Solidarity on 29 October 2015.

CRAL logo 150In a media release on 26 October, Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) welcomed the offer of trauma-related counselling and practical support from the Australian Bishops to Abyan and to other women in similar horrific situations and echoed the call for an end to refugee detention.

Monday, 19 October 2015 13:28

Seeking a better way forward

Canberra leaders 3 smallAn outcome of a meeting between Church leaders and Parliamentarians at Parliament House, organised by Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), is the establishment of a cross-party, interfaith taskforce to look at a better way forward for the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, reports just Mercy.

14 Oct protest 150CRA's Justice Network Coordinator, Fr Claude Mostowik msc, was among a group of 25 protesters of the movement Love Makes A Way, taking part in a peaceful occupation of the Edgecliff electoral office of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week to call for an end to refugee detention.

jumpforkids150Thousands of people have posted photos of themselves jumping to support a grassroots social media campaign to free children from immigration detention. Now the Jump Up & Down 4 Kids campaign has launched an anthem that is hoped to go viral, writes Jade Wittman.