A group of concerned Australians living in a regional area outside Sydney
To encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government.
To welcome, befriend and assist refugees facing uncertain futures, in detention and in the community.
Practical, emotional and financial assistance for refugees and to encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government
Today I got the tragic news that a young man who used to call me “father” had taken his own life. A refugee from persecution and torture in Iran, he arrived at Christmas Island in November 2010, already psychologically and physically scarred by his experiences.Read more →
You were labelled as an asylum seeker but we know that you were so much more. You had a name to a face and a body that housed a human spirit. You had family and friends that loved you. You experienced love and fear like anyone would. You laughed and cried. You had hopes and dreams just like us. Read the tribute for those who have died as a result of Australia’s policy on those seeking asylum.
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Don’t let hate have the Internet or our nations hearts and minds!
Send positive thank you messages to our politicians as often as you can. Congratulate them on being elected. Thank them for being caring, compassionate, ethical, public spirited human beings who are working for the good of all and congratulate them as soon as you see or hear of them beginning to live up to the dream! Particularly thank them for
looking like they might be thinking of being just and compassionate to asylum seekers and refugees and endorsing multiculturalism!
Don’t preach just love them into change! Its harder than you think!Read more →
ChilOut Youth Ambassadors spoke to 2500 school students in high schools from Katoomba to Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School in the lead up and during Refugee Week June 2016. Katoomba High School celebrated World Refugee Day for the first time with an address from Vijhai , a final year law student, whose familyRead more →
Myanmar refugee Imran Mohammad Fazal Hoque writes of ‘inhumane and cruel torture’ suffered during 1,000 days in Australian-run detention and calls for government to find safe resettlement.
Imran describes in comprehensive detail the daily privations, and the restrictions on movement and communication on Manus Island. His words offer a rarely seen insight into daily life in the Australian-run detention centre.Read more →