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  • Australia built a hell for refugees on Manus. The shame will outlive us all – Richard Flanagan

    Australia built a hell for refugees on Manus. The shame will outlive us all – Richard Flanagan

    So this is what we have come to as a nation.
    The wretched of the earth, because they were no longer safe where they lived, sought to come here. With a determined cruelty, we kidnapped and imprisoned them in Pacific lagers. These lagers became synonymous with the idea of hellholes because it was important to our government that they be – ­and be known as – hellholes.
    On this policy of deterrence, as it was called, which had as its declared purpose to make innocent human beings suffer indefinitely, we spent billions of dollars. To this end we had truck with vile regimes such as Sri Lanka’s. And to this end we began forsaking our democratic rights.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

  • Report of Gillian Trigg’s talk at Springwood

    Report of Gillian Trigg’s talk at Springwood

    It was a full house at the Blue Mountains Theatre in Springwood on Wednesday 30 November to hear Professor Gillian Triggs and Madeleine Gleeson. The current climate, Professor Triggs said, is that the government and the media in general are no longer interested in the facts of the treatment of asylum seekers as revealed in reports such as the Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into children in immigration detention, The Forgotten Children. Instead, refugees are used as political pawns by the major parties to win votesRead more

  • An Evening with Professor Gillian Triggs – Fully Booked

    An Evening with Professor Gillian Triggs – Fully Booked

    Human Rights – Refugees and Border Protection Policies with Professor Gillian Triggs President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and Madeline Gleeson, author of Offshore, Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru.
    The Hub Springwood, 30 November at 6.30.
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  • Support the call for a National Summit

    Support the call for a National Summit

    Call for a National Summit on Asylum Seekers and Refugees
    Let’s get some change happening by encouraging our politicians to support the call for a National Summit!
    What you can do right now is to write a letter, and encourage others to write, to your local Federal Member of Parliament. We show you how.Read 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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