Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time

    Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time

    Today I attended the world premier today of Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time at the Sydney Film Festival.   It is one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen.   As an Australian I feel ashamed, complicit and appalled.
    Iranian-Kurdish journalist detainee, Behrouz Boochani and an Iranian-Dutch filmmaker, Arash Kamali Sarvestani, made this film with footage shot on a mobile phone.
    It is a unique record of daily life on Manus Island detention centre.
    Also a list of some of Behrouz Boochani’s articlesRead more →

  • What’s going on in Detention Centres?

    What’s going on in Detention Centres?

    In recent months there have been reports that security conditions in detention centres are being toughened but the only way we know is from visitors to these centres.
    It is out of sight out of mind. To find out more and what you can doRead more →

  • ChilOut Melts Hearts In The Blue Mountains

    ChilOut Melts Hearts In The Blue Mountains

    ChilOut Youth Ambassadors spoke to over 80 people at Blackheath Baptist Cafe Church on Sunday 30 October. They were joined by representatives of Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group. The ChilOut presenters were led by their Campaign Coordinator, Niru Palanivel, a Teacher and Human Rights Lawyer and two university student Ambassadors, both with a background ofRead more →

  • “There was a seed” written by Mohammad detained on Manus Island

    “There was a seed” written by Mohammad detained on Manus Island

    There was a seed,
    fresh and beautiful —
    it knew nothing
    of the outside world. ….
    Poem written my Mohammad, currently detained on Manus IslandRead more →

  • A Tribute to the Victims of Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policies

    A Tribute to the Victims of Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policies

    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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  • Another victim of the system

    Another victim of the system

    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 →