Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • A Talking Circle with members of the Tibetan Community and local services -a BMRSG partnership in Refugee Week

    A Talking Circle with members of the Tibetan Community and local services -a BMRSG partnership in Refugee Week

    Service providers in the Mountains and managers from further afield got together last Thursday 21st of June with members of the Tibetan Community in the Mountains. At the last count 60 Tibetans on humanitarian visas had moved into the mountains.
    The idea was to give the Tibetan community an idea of the services available and for services to get an idea of what the community needed. There was a fantastic atmosphere. More than 20 Tibetan people attended and were really engaged with service providers through their leaders and the very well organised interpreter.
    Thirteen different agencies came including TAFE, Multicultural Health for Western Sydney and lots of locals services. It gave the Tibetan Community a great connection to those who make decisions as well as to those who deliver services. Read more

  • Susan Templeman speaks on the sweeping changes to security in detention centres.

    Susan Templeman speaks on the sweeping changes to security in detention centres.

    The Government is trying to impose sweeping draconian security measures on all immigration centres. Susan Templeman member for Macquarie is opposed.
    Listen to Susan’s speech on the second reading of the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017.
    Read the transcript. Feb.7 2018
    This is why it is so important for us to keep our politicians informed.Read more

  • Latest attack on Hazaras in Afghanistan highlights Australia’s murderous ‘head in the sand’ policy

    Latest attack on Hazaras in Afghanistan highlights Australia’s murderous ‘head in the sand’ policy

    The recent Ashura Day attack on a packed mosque of Shia Islam worshippers in Kabul continues a tragic succession of deadly incidents aimed against ethnic Hazaras (essentially corresponding to Shias in Afghanistan), especially over the past 15 months. Against a background of deteriorating security all over the country the Hazaras are especially and increasingly vulnerable to persecution and targeted violence by Sunni extremists, who regard them as infidels.
    The evidence is now overwhelming, but Australia insists on maintaining an attitude of denial against which it can reject Hazara claims for protection and forcibly deport them to a situation of even greater danger than that from which they fled. This policy is clearly dishonest, unprofessional and potentially murderous. As Amnesty’s Anna Shea says, “they will have blood on their hands.”Read more

  • Comment on Peter Dutton interview on The Project

    Comment on Peter Dutton interview on The Project

    The Immigration Minister has given thousands of asylum seekers an October deadline to apply for protection or face deportation.
    Mark Isaac‘s excellent commentary on the Dutton interview (The Project). saying it like it is… “This man purposefully obfuscates the facts, he purposefully lies to terrorise and demonise the most vulnerable. He talks of Christian values but his actions contradict the teachings of Jesus Christ. He is a despicable low-life.”

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  • We are the forgotten people’: the anguish of Australia’s ‘invisible’ asylum seekers

    We are the forgotten people’: the anguish of Australia’s ‘invisible’ asylum seekers

    Nearly 29,000 asylum seekers are in Australia on temporary ‘bridging visas’. These people may be free from detention but – with many denied education, healthcare and the right to work – they remain locked in desperate poverty and with no idea what their futures hold.Read more

  • The problematic ‘saving lives at sea’ argument

    The problematic ‘saving lives at sea’ argument

    When refugee advocates criticise harsh policies such as boat turnbacks, they are confronted with claims that the measures are necessary for saving lives at sea. This justification has dominated the debate to the extent that any policy which further restricts refugee rights becomes justifiable on this ground. Imagine a proposal to ban cars because thereRead more