Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • BMRSG at RAR Wodonga Part 2 – Changing Hearts and Minds

    BMRSG at RAR Wodonga Part 2 – Changing Hearts and Minds

    BMRSG, led by Joy Connor, ran a packed out workshop, Changing Hearts and Minds. Participants came up with a long list of activities which they had successfully tried in their home towns. The list on butcher’s paper was shared with all on the wall and other participants added to it.Read more

  • BMRSG at RAR Wodonga Part 1

    BMRSG at RAR Wodonga Part 1

    Six members of BMRSG attended the Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) National Conference held in Wodonga in April 2018.
    One of the group Roger Grealy writes of his experiences of the conference.
    This is Part 1 of 3 articles on the wide range of speakers, workshops and great people we met.Read more

  • BMRSG Works –  You are warmly invited to the 5th BMRSG-Chuo Uni party

    BMRSG Works – You are warmly invited to the 5th BMRSG-Chuo Uni party

    You are warmly invited to the 5th BMRSG-Chuo Uni party at the Katoomba YHA, 6pm Saturday 24th Feb.
    Students and teachers from Chuo University in Tokyo are back in Sydney on their annual programme learning about diversity and human rights and will be hosting a party again with members and friends of the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group on 24th Feb.Read more

  • A Well Grounded Fear; 10 Years On.

    A Well Grounded Fear; 10 Years On.

    On Tuesday 5 December 2017 Kathie Herbert and Roger Grealy represented BMRSG at a seminar conducted by the Edmund Rice Centre (ERC).
    The Edmund Rice Centre hosted a film screening and discussion – A Well Founded Fear: 10 years on – What’s happened since? Where to from here?
    The Australian Government sends back people it doesn’t think are refugees. But the Government never finds out what happens to the people it rejects.
    10 years ago, filmmakers followed Phil Glendenning as he tracked down several deportees to find out how they were faring.Read more

  • Dutton to use Dogs on Asylum Seekers

    Dutton to use Dogs on Asylum Seekers

    The Migration Amendment (Prohibiting items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 now before the senate, will allow Dutton’s Border Force to use dogs, have increased powers to strip search detainees and go through their possessions without a warrant. The minister will have unfettered power to ban what ever he decides is a “prohibited thing” in detention centres (especially mobile phones). This Bill entrenches institutionalised brutality. It needs to be stopped.
    Find out what you can do?
    Put in a submission to the Senate Inquiry. Find out how.Read more

  • Meeting with Shadow Minister for Immigration, Shayne Neumann

    Meeting with Shadow Minister for Immigration, Shayne Neumann

    On Thursday 3rd August a delegation from  BMRSG  met with the Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection,  Shayne Neumann and our local member Susan Templeman at Lawson Community Centre to raise our concerns about the treatment of people seeing asylum both within Australia and in Nauru and Manus.
    We put the case for on-shore processing of those on Manus Island and settlement in Australia. We especially focused  on those people suffering health issues due to their detention and those people seeking asylum  with family ties and support networks in Australia. We raised concerns about the treatment of those in  inside Australia: indefinite detention, random removal to  detention centres in other states and people in the community who are living in limbo on temporary visasRead more