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  • Tibetan Flag is flying outside of the BMCC Chamber

    Tibetan Flag is flying outside of the BMCC Chamber

    March 10th is a day of great significance for all Tibetans around the world. It is the day on which they gather to mark the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising in 1959 when, after 10 years of Chinese occupation of Tibet, Tibetans rose up in opposition.
    10th March 2020 is the 61st Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day.
    The Blue Mountains City Council has for some years hosted a Flag Raising Ceremony and the flying of the Tibetan Flag outside the Council Chambers in our Peace Park. Read more

  • “From Uluru to Nauru: The Peace that Still Eludes Australia”, Phil Glendenning

    “From Uluru to Nauru: The Peace that Still Eludes Australia”, Phil Glendenning

    ERC Director Phil Glendenning delivered the 2019 Annual Tasmanian Peace Trust Lecture. The Trust established the Annual Peace Trust Lecture in 1991. Special guest lecturers speak on peace-related themes.
    Watch Phil’s lecture, “From Uluru to Nauru: The Peace that Still Eludes Australia”Read more

  • 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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