Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Ocean 12 makes ABC News

    Ocean 12 makes ABC News

    After surviving what he describes as two death threats, Anustiyan Sivapalan made the decision to flee Sri Lanka for Australia.
    “They come to my home, they tried to kill me, but luckily I escaped from the shootout,” he said.
    “That’s why I [was] forced to leave.”
    While the psychological scars caused by an experience like this are too complex for many to understand, Mr Sivapalan has found a community where stories like his are the norm.
    He has been playing cricket for a suburban western Sydney team called Ocean 12 that is comprised of Tamil asylum seekers.Read more

  • Repeal of Medevac Bill – Phone and Write

    Repeal of Medevac Bill – Phone and Write

    On the morning of the 4 December the Medevac Bill was repealed with a secret deal between Senator Jacqui Lambie and the Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister. Through this secrecy, democracy and transparency have been ignored.
    We have all lobbied and campaigned for months. But now is not the time to stand back in sadness and defeat. We ask you to encourage all your members to phone Minister Dutton and Prime Minister Morrison.

    Prime Minister Morrison: 02 6277 7700

    Minister Peter Dutton: 02 6277 7860.Read more

  • Hard work and perseverance – Who Are We?  Part 4

    Hard work and perseverance – Who Are We? Part 4

    A house full of single men cut off from their families is not always the most serene of places. A house in Liverpool was one such place, full of Tamil men from Sri Lanka and living now very far from home.
    No mothers, no fathers, no children, and no wives, and this not by any real choice of their own. Many of the young men in this house had Australian residency, but without citizenship they cannot bring their families over to join them. Read more

  • A Christmas Message

    A Christmas Message

    My Mum passed away a year ago at 98. Not long before, she had magnets made for everyone that said “Christmas is the key to the future’  This year It hit me that the Christmas story of a baby born to a homeless  refugee family destined to bring A Christmas message, Peace to the earth, changes what we value in this sad old world whatever belief system we follow. 
    Decisions made from a Christmas value base are the key to a future where we care for each other and our aching planet.
    In these last days of a hard hard year , as the mountains burn around us let us be grateful for the faithfulness of those who live by these Christmas values.Read more

  • Ocean 12 – Who Are We? Part 3

    Ocean 12 – Who Are We? Part 3

    Congratulations Ocean 12 winner of Last Man Stands (LMS) Australian Championship 2019.
    It still seems impossible to believe that all those years ago this group of traumatised men who played cricket appallingly have achieved so much. They still manage to shelve their worries and fears and show their amazing ability as a team which has rocked the world of 20/20 cricket. They will compete in the World Champs in Sydney in December.Read more

  • Two young men, two very different stories.  Who Are We?  Part 2

    Two young men, two very different stories. Who Are We? Part 2

    Two young men, both left their home countries aged 3. Both now call the Blue Mountains home and are part of the BMRSG community. But two very different stories.
    Read part 2 in our series Who Are We? Read more

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