Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • 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.
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  • Latest attack on Hazaras in Afghanistan highlights Australia’s murderous ‘head in the sand’ policy

    Latest attack on Hazaras in Afghanistan highlights Australia’s murderous ‘head in the sand’ policy

    The recent Ashura Day attack on a packed mosque of Shia Islam worshippers in Kabul continues a tragic succession of deadly incidents aimed against ethnic Hazaras (essentially corresponding to Shias in Afghanistan), especially over the past 15 months. Against a background of deteriorating security all over the country the Hazaras are especially and increasingly vulnerable to persecution and targeted violence by Sunni extremists, who regard them as infidels.
    The evidence is now overwhelming, but Australia insists on maintaining an attitude of denial against which it can reject Hazara claims for protection and forcibly deport them to a situation of even greater danger than that from which they fled. This policy is clearly dishonest, unprofessional and potentially murderous. As Amnesty’s Anna Shea says, “they will have blood on their hands.”Read more →

  • Susan Templeman’s speech on Australian Border Force Amendment Bill 2017

    Susan Templeman’s speech on Australian Border Force Amendment Bill 2017

    “The Turnbull government has introduced an amendment to Parliament to remove strict secrecy provisions governing Australia’s immigration detention system. The move has been described as “a major victory for refugee advocates who challenged the laws in the High Court”.
    Immigration Minister Peter Dutton introduced amendments to the 2015 Australian Border Force Act that previously threatened detention centre workers with two years in prison if they spoke out about neglect or abuse.”
    Susan Templeman MP Member for Macquarie spoke on this Bill.Read more →

  • Success!

    Success!

    So, such great news. Aiesha called and was so overwhelmed by the news. She kept saying “Thank you, thank you” – crying at times – “We couldn’t have achieved this without your Group’s help”.

    Wonderful news! A couple with two children applied for a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) and BMRSG assisted them with their legal costs. They were terrified of being deported back to danger. They had their interview with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection about five weeks ago and today they received a letter saying that their application had been approved.
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  • Shelter concert a great success

    Shelter concert a great success

    The Shelter concert, an initiative of the Blackheath choir the Heathens, held in Woollahra Sunday 20 August, was a great success. The event was a successful fundraiser for BMRSG, a percentage of which will be given to Music for Refugees who do wonderful work with detainees in Villawood Detention Centre .

    The Sydney Jewish Choral Society and an instrumental trio of world class musicians that consisted of Francesco Celtata, Michael Kruger and Hugh Kruger inspired the audience with the beauty of their music.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 →