Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Hold On – A song for refugees

    Media Release by Lorraine Vogel For immediate release 2nd July 2014 Enquiries to Restoring hope through song Blue Mountains based musician and choir director Lorraine Vogel has written an inspiring song called “Hold On” that she hopes will support and uplift asylum seekers. “There are many songs written about refugees to raise awareness but this oneRead more

  • In the News this Week – 29 June 2014

    Listed below are news headlines from over the last 7 days and links to various news agency stories. Show of Solidarity for Asylum Seekers A big round of applause goes to the students of Bethlehem College Ashfield who this week started a symbolic half-hour strike every day at lunchtimes in protest against the Federal Government’sRead more

  • Good news stories

    Over the last couple of weeks we have been told  number of good news items. An asylum seeker who arrived by air and obtained a protection visa in 2012 after 15 months in detention has been informed that his wife and son (who he has not met in person) have been granted a visa to live inRead more

  • Refugee Week Activities

    There are a large number of Refugee Week activities happening in the Blue Mountains, Sydney and across New South Wales .  We encourage everyone to take the time and at least take part in one event. 15 June, 2:00pm to 4:00pm – Springwood Talk by Mark Isaacs (author of The Undesirables – Inside Naura) who spent 9Read more

  • Immigration Minister Scott Morrison axes the Refugee Council’s budget funding

    By Wayne Buckman Well, in all honesty I am not surprised.  The continued vilification of asylum seekers and refugees by Morrison or Abbott appears to have no end.  The $140,000 to the Refugee Council of Australia was included in the budget but it appears that Australia financial security hangs in the balance  by $140,000.  A spokesman for MorrisonRead more

  • Christian Church leaders make a stand (well a sit in actually)

    For the first time in Australian history, leaders of a major Christian church have chosen to take part in civil disobedience: the Moderator of the Uniting Church in NSW and ACT, Rev Dr Brian Brown, is participating in the sit-in at Mr Abbott’s office; and former President of the National Assembly of the Uniting ChurchRead more

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