Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • 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

  • Update on ban on mobile phones

    Update on ban on mobile phones

    Letter sent to Peter Dutton and list of signatories against the ban on mobile phones in onshore detention centres.Read more

  • Important Ombudsman Report

    Important Ombudsman Report

    Commonwealth Ombudsman Report
    Department of Immigration and Border Protection
    The administration of people who have had their bridging visa cancelled due to criminal charges or convictions and are held in immigration detention. December 2016
    The Ombudsman’s Office is concerned about the people on bridging visas who are detained based on allegations that lead to criminal charges and also those who are not released once the criminal charges against them have been resolved.

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