Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • What is ‘The Global Compact” and why is it important?

    What is ‘The Global Compact” and why is it important?

    Peter Dutton announced to Ray Hadley that Australia was not signing ‘The Global Compact”. So what it is?
    It is the first universal instrument to provide common frameworks, guiding principles and approaches to deal with international migration. It has been developed over 18 months of multi-stakeholder consultations and six rounds of negotiations between UN member states with conflicting interests.
    The final draft, completed on 18 July 2018,
    Read two concise informative summaries that explain what it is and why it is important.Read more

  • Report on BMRSG visit to the federal politicians 18 and 19 June 2018

    Report on BMRSG visit to the federal politicians 18 and 19 June 2018

    Joy Connor, Deputy Chair BMRSG visited politicians in Canberra with Marie Sellstrom President of Rural Australians for Refugees. First they met with Peter Dutton’s main advisor and an advisor then they met with Shayne Neumann, Ged Kearney, Sue Templeman and the Advisor to Kristina Keneally.
    At these meetings they discussed Immigration Detention, the use of handcuffs on people seeking asylum when they went to medical and counselling appointments, SRSS, resettlement, The Amendments to the Migration Act, the RAR Statement on People Seeking Refuge and Asylum and the Andrew Wilkie Bill.
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  • Local Tibetans thank the Blue Mountains community with a cultural celebration for Dalai Lama’s 83rd Birthday

    Local Tibetans thank the Blue Mountains community with a cultural celebration for Dalai Lama’s 83rd Birthday

    Blue Mountains locals were welcomed to a traditional Tibetan cultural celebration to commemorate the 14th Dalai Lama’s 83rd birthday last Friday at the old library in Katoomba.
    The event gave exiled Tibetans living in the Blue Mountains an opportunity to thank the Blue Mountains community and celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday with the taste, colour, music and dance of Tibet.

    There are approximately 50 Tibetan adults and children living in the Blue Mountains and many arrived in Australia on humanitarian visas. All of them are refugees or children of refugees who fled Tibet after the Chinese occupation in 1950 and made the long trek over the Himalayas to reach safety in Nepal.
    The first Tibetan refugee settled in Katoomba nine years ago and others arrived after the Dalai Lama visited the Blue Mountains in 2015. In the last six months some families have arrived directly from India on humanitarian visas. Ms Dhongdue praised the local community saying that Tibetan refugees had been ‘embraced with warmth and love’.
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  • A second car gets a new life and finds a new home

    A second car gets a new life and finds a new home

    Once again the Year 11 Manual Arts Students at Blaxland High School, under the guidance of automotive teacher, Shaun Halden have restored a car which would have otherwise be destined for the scrap heap and donated it to a refugee.

    The old Volvo – known as Goldie – which was donated by Rose Wilesmith of Warrimoo, was handed over to BMRSG on 8 June and will now be owned by refugee Hadi, who will use it to get to his work and also to the metal fabrication course he attends at Ultimo TAFE three nights a week.Read more

  • Teaching resources for Refugee Week and beyond

    Teaching resources for Refugee Week and beyond

    Education resources for Refugee Week and beyond
    Want to involve your local school in Refugee week? Refugee week 2018 is the 17th to the 23rd of June. The NSW Education Department has produced an excellent teaching resource called Roads to Refuge suitable for upper primary through to year 10 which covers a number of curriculum areas. It includes lesson plans-videos, fact sheets, and worksheets.
    It is worth passing the link on to your local school. They take notice when locals contact them!! links follow
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  • BMRSG at RAR Wodonga Part 2 – Changing Hearts and Minds

    BMRSG at RAR Wodonga Part 2 – Changing Hearts and Minds

    BMRSG, led by Joy Connor, ran a packed out workshop, Changing Hearts and Minds. Participants came up with a long list of activities which they had successfully tried in their home towns. The list on butcher’s paper was shared with all on the wall and other participants added to it.Read more