Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Palm Sunday, Online Action for Refugees

    Palm Sunday, Online Action for Refugees

    Blue Mountains Refugee Supporters joined the online Action for Refugees on Palm Sunday. Supporters from Blackheath to Sydney showed their support by posting a photo of themselves hold a sign. Some, who found taking a selfie while holding a sign too difficult, photographed their pets. Kathie Herbert, Deputy Chair of BMRSG, who started BMRSG support in Katoomba, said, “Social distancing protocols were strictly adhered to! “Read more

  • BMRSG volunteers meet Kristina Keneally and Andrew Giles in Springwood

    BMRSG volunteers meet Kristina Keneally and Andrew Giles in Springwood

    Ms Keneally took the opportunity, with Andrew Giles, the shadow minister for multicultural affairs, to meet members of the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group, while in the area visiting Mt Tomah and Bilpin with the Labor shadow ministry in the wake of the bushfires.
    “It was a perfect opportunity for Andrew Giles and I to come meet with this group, particularly to discuss the range of issues they are campaigning on and for me personally, it was a great morale boost to know that there are so many people in the community who want to ensure a just and fair outcome for asylum seekers and refugees,” Ms Keneally said.Read more

  • Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Inc AGM 2018-2019

    Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Inc AGM 2018-2019

    By Joy Connor Chair BMRSG 2018 -2019 saw an increase in aggressive negative rhetoric towards our asylum seeker friends. It saw the end of hope for a more compassionate policy for several years. In the eighteenth year of our existence, the AGM was a time to revisit what keeps us going: the vision of a caring, inclusive community that starts with affirming each other.  We affirmed all the hardRead more

  • 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.
    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. Read more

  • 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

    BMRSG’s submission as to why we do 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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  • 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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