Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • What you don’t understand you fear!

    What you don’t understand you fear!

    “There is so much we
    take for granted in this country” “We are just so ignorant of what people have been through” were just some of the responses to the conversations with Refugees hosted by Sydney Alliance, the churches of the lower Mountains and BMRSG on the last weekend in February.

    The Springwood Presbyterian Hall was filled with around 100 people for each of the separate sessions (around 200 in all) as people came to listen to refugees telling their stories, talk together about what they had heard and ask questions of professionals working in the area.Read more

  • Planning Day 2019

    Planning Day 2019

    Read about the very productive Planning Day 2019.
    Celebrations, working with partners and sharing the load were directions for the year ahead which came out of the first ever planning day for the BMRSG committee on February 3Read more

  • Send a message to the politicians.

    Send a message to the politicians.

    Get someone to take a photo of you with your mobile phone holding the Single Act of Compassion sign

    Email your photo to:
    Hon P Dutton Peter.Dutton.MP@aph.gov.au
    Hon S Morrison PM Scott.Morrison.MP@aph.gov.au
    With the message;

    Thanks to Mr Dutton for reminding us that

    ”it only takes a single act of compassion to undo the government’s work on stopping the boats.”

    Here is my single Act of Compassion to undo the cruelty. I want justice with compassion for people seeking asylum.Read more

  • Lobbying Federal Politicians in Canberra

    Lobbying Federal Politicians in Canberra

    Joy Connor and Marie Sellstrom, President of Rural Australians for Refugees, spent 2 days in Canberra meeting with politicians. They met with Russell Broadbent, sent Marise Payne a gift of Blue Mountains honey and a copy of Behrouz Boochani’s book and met with Julie Bishop. The meetings were facilitated by local member Susan Templeman.
    Julie Bishop said that refugee advocates needed to lobby for more involvement by Australia in regional intercountry dialogue such as the ‘Bali Process’, if there is to be any kind of solution to forced migration. Read more

  • Canadian minister talks up benefits of immigration on Australia visit

    Canadian minister talks up benefits of immigration on Australia visit

    Canada’s immigration minister is something of a global anomaly at the moment.

    Not only is Ahmed Hussen a former refugee, but someone who loudly and regularly advocates the benefits of immigration in what he calls a “world of closing doors”.

    Mr Hussen spoke at the University of New South Wales on Friday as part of his multi-city visit to Australia, where he championed a more progressive stance on immigration and refugee policy.
    And for him, the topic is not just a portfolio, but a lived experience.
    At 16, Mr Hussen escaped the civil war in Somalia and fled to Canada. He went on to study and practice law, before becoming the country’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship last year.

    Listen to Admed Hussen’s address at the Kaldor CentreRead more

  • Bishop Long in Blackheath for Migrant and Refugee Sunday

    Bishop Long in Blackheath for Migrant and Refugee Sunday

    Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen visited Sacred Heart Church Blackheath on Sunday 26 August for Migrant and Refugee Sunday.
    Bishop Long fled Vietnam on a refugee boat in 1979, following two of his brothers who had already left, and reached Malaysia, where he spent 16 months in a refugee camp where he learned English. He reached in Australia in 1980.
    In his homily he discussed Pope Francis’ invitation to be “Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating towards Migrants and Refugees”.Read more

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