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  • Prize-Winners in RAR/BMRSG National Video and Poster Competition 2020

    Prize-Winners in RAR/BMRSG National Video and Poster Competition 2020

    “Kids Speak Out
    Empathy, outrage, compassion and fellow feeling come through loud and clear in entries from school students in the Video and Poster competition run by BMRSG and Rural Australians for Refugees.
    Messages like “Shine a light on the darkness”, “Struggle is real”, “It could be you“, “this could be your tomorrow” show a depth of heartfelt humanity and an understanding of the impact of our countries’ current policies on both refugees and people seeking asylum and on our nation’s soul. Positive messages from the students of the great contribution refugees can make to our community are an inspiration.
    Prize winners announced. Congratulations all.Read more

  • Strengthening the Character Test Bill – What Can You Do?

    Strengthening the Character Test Bill – What Can You Do?

    In the next sitting of Parliament, the Coalition intends to bring on a vote on the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019. The Bill has passed the House of Representatives and is now before the Senate.
    While framed as a simple adjustment to the Migration Act 1958 (the Act), the Bill would in fact significantly expand the character-based powers of visa cancellation and refusal, making them dangerously and unworkably broad. If passed into law, the Bill would increase the number of people in immigration detention and facing removal from the country.
    Both Labor and the Greens recommended the Bill be rejected, after a Senate Inquiry was warned of its dangers. The passage of the Bill now depends on the vote of unaligned Senators.
    The Bill is bad law and should not be passed. It is deliberately unclear, concentrates power in the hands of the Minister and his delegates, and will harm families and communities.
    Contact your Senator.Read more

  • Blue Mountains Welcome Way – Videos for #WorldRefugeeDay

    Blue Mountains Welcome Way – Videos for #WorldRefugeeDay

    Guy Power, advocate and community visitor made this video of the members of the Glenbrook with their signs at Glenbrook.Read more

  • Blue Mountains Welcome Way on World Refugee Day 2020

    Blue Mountains Welcome Way on World Refugee Day 2020

    Members of Blue Mountains Support Group celebrate World Refugee Day 2020 by creating a virtual Welcome Way. We shared photos and ourselves and our families at home and in our community.

    We posted our images online and on our fences. We all did it in our own way.
    Watch this post as ore images will be posted during World Refugee Day 2020
    Read more

  • A Refugee Week Message from the Traditional Owners

    A Refugee Week Message from the Traditional Owners

    The Blue Mountains City Council Aboriginal Advisory Council (AAC) have said that they “support the idea to recognise International Refugee Day through events particularly highlighting some of the extremely difficult challenges faced by refugees.”
    This is a powerful message of fellow feeling coming from a people who experience continued dispossession and racism
    Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group would like to thank the ACC for their gracious response. Read more

  • 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

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