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 →

  • Desperate people seeking asylum need your help now.

    Desperate people seeking asylum need your help now.

    Last week the Turnbull government launched an unprecedented attack on around 12,000 people seeking asylum who arrived by sea to Australia between August 2012 and December 2013. After waiting over four years to be invited to apply for asylum, these people have received letters from the government with as little as 30 days to lodge their refugee application.
    Donate to enable BMRSG to provide legal support for those completing these complicated documents.Read more →

  • Responses to the publication of the #NauruFiles

    Responses to the publication of the #NauruFiles

    We present a range of responses since the Guardian published the #NauruFiles. Read what different experts are saying, see what actions are happening.Read more →

  • Election 2016   Good News

    Election 2016 Good News

    This post will highlight any positive actions in Australia’s treatment of refugees and those seeking asylum.
    Read about The Greens Policy and the Victorian Government’s initiative to provide legal support for those applying for refugee status.Read more →

  • What it was like to be an asylum seeker in 2014

    What it was like to be an asylum seeker in 2014

    Crikey.com.au DIANA HODGETTS Crikey intern If you were to pick a year to seek asylum in Australia, it probably wouldn’t be 2014. You’d be better advised to go back to the ’80s. Since 1989, Australia has made it progressively harder to enter on humanitarian grounds.Read more →

  • Sydney Peace Prize 2014 – Julian Burnside

    2014 Sydney Peace Prize awarded to Julian Burnside AO QC “Boat people are not illegal;… our politicians have persuaded us to tolerate – even to reward – cruelty…” Julian Burnside’s inspiring lecture is available on line on ABC Big Ideas Listen to Julian Burnside’s interview on ABC Sunday Profile 7 November 2014Read more →