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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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Canberra leaders 2 smallMore than 50 leaders representing diverse faith groups met with Members and Senators at Parliament House, Canberra, calling on them to restore Australia’s standing as a compassionate nation by winding back policies negatively impacting on people escaping violence, persecution and death.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 09:10

Prayer booklet for those seeking asylum

candles2If you missed the recent vigil for asylum seekers at Mary Mackillop Chapel, download the prayer booklet which can be used and adapted for your liturgy.

capsa campaign150The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) calls for the government to stop putting people in harm’s way, with its campaign to bring people on Nauru and Manus Island to safety in Australia. Send an email to your MP to commit to doing better.

refugees forever 150Julian Burnside, Australian lawyer, author and human rights and refugee advocate, has written an account of Australia's offshore detention regime, the Pacific Solution, providing a context for discussion and advocacy for human rights.

Friday, 18 September 2015 11:47

Denying asylum seekers a fair go

Fr Aloysius Mowe sj150Australia has put itself at risk of breaching the principle of non-refoulement, simply by transferring asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea in the first place: by transferring asylum seekers to a country where it knows due process cannot be guaranteed, writes JRS Director Fr Aloysius Mowe sj.

soc justice statement 2015 cvrAt the launch of the Australian Catholic Bishops' 2015-2016 Social Justice Statement, Bishop Vincent Long, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, welcomed the announcement that Australia will accept 12,000 more refugees.

Thursday, 10 September 2015 10:08

Vigil for those seeking asylum in our land

candles150Australia's religious leaders are meeting with political leaders in Canberra on 15 October 2015 to express their concern for refugees. Before this meeting, Australians are invited to a prayer vigil on 12 October at the Mary MacKillop Chapel in North Sydney or post a prayer online.

rca logoA report from the Refugee Council of Australia (RCA) explores concerns on policies and practices that undermine the successful settlement of people from refugee backgrounds which poses significant obstacles to community cohesion.