Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Who We Are

    A group of concerned Australians living in a regional area outside Sydney

  • Our Aims & Objectives

    To encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government.
    To welcome, befriend and assist refugees facing uncertain futures, in detention and in the community.

  • What We Offer

    Practical, emotional and financial assistance for refugees and to encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government

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    • 17TH SEPTEMBER 2019
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    Carrots and Courage Against Despair

    Carrots and Courage Against Despair

    Despite suffering under Australia’s soul-destroying indefinite detention regime, one young asylum seeker who has been locked up for years has developed a veggie patch,  improving everyone’s diet and contributing to OZ HARVEST a huge box of fresh carrots for the needy.

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    • 15TH SEPTEMBER 2019
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    Meet some of the locals in “World of Stories”.

    Meet some of the locals in “World of Stories”.

    This video was made by Multicultural Health for Refugee Week 2019 and is called ‘World of Stories’. Multicultural Health organised a celebration for Refugee Week which was a great positive event. They showed this video for the first time, and Roger Grealy from BMRSG was the keynote speaker. Sherab, a Tibetan refugee who has been

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    • 3RD SEPTEMBER 2019
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    Settlement Experience of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward

    Settlement Experience of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward

    On Thursday August 29, Edmund Rice Centre (ERC) launched officially its new research report Settlement Experience of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward at Gilbert + Tobin, a long-term supporter of ERC’s research,
    advocacy and community development programs.
    The report draws on the experiences of recently arrived Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Australia, and seeks to identify gaps between current settlement supports and what else might be needed to achieve further positive outcomes for refugees. The report includes concrete recommendations for further investigation and policy improvement in refugee settlement.

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    • 30TH AUGUST 2019
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    SUBMISSION TO THE INQUIRY ON THE MIGRATION AMENDMENT (REPAIRING MEDICAL TRANSFERS) BILL 2019

    SUBMISSION TO THE INQUIRY ON THE MIGRATION AMENDMENT (REPAIRING MEDICAL TRANSFERS) BILL 2019

    FROM THE BLUE MOUNTAINS REFUGEE SUPPORT GROUP INC.

    Joy Connor Chairperson

    Our organisation does not support this bill. We are concerned that this bill will slow the evacuation of seriously ill people from Manus and Nauru to Australia for specialist treatment
    thus exacerbating their disorders. Doctors and medical personnel must always be able make the decision for rapid medical evacuation in a society which values human life.

    The previous system involved many levels of bureaucracy and constant court battles to enable medical transfers, an expensive and time wasting business.

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    • 20TH AUGUST 2019
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    Urgent call for Government to protect asylum seekers and refugees

    Urgent call for Government to protect asylum seekers and refugees

    The Australian Human Rights Commission calls on the Australian Government to make urgent changes to improve protections for approximately 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers living in the Australian community.

    A new report Lives on hold: Refugees and asylum seekers in the ‘Legacy Caseload’ reveals the human rights situation of approximately 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers, including families and children, who arrived in Australia by boat before 1 January 2014.

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    • 19TH AUGUST 2019
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    Susan Templeman’s speech Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 Second Reading Speech

    Susan Templeman’s speech Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 Second Reading Speech

    Member of Macquarie, Susan Templeman’s speech opposing the repeal of the Medivac legislation.
    MIGRATION AMENDMENT (REPAIRING MEDICAL TRANSFERS) BILL 2019 SECOND READING SPEECH
    Since the Medevac laws passed in February, against the government’s wishes, 110 refugees and asylum seekers have been transferred to Australia for medical treatment.
    In a submission to a Senate inquiry examining the government’s bid to unwind the laws, Dr Kerryn Phelps points out that about 80 per cent of cases were agreed to by the minister at the first instance and none have been refused on security grounds.
    “The process is working as intended – an orderly system providing medical treatment for sick refugees in a timely manner,” Dr Phelps said.

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