Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Who We Are

    A group of concerned Australians living in a regional area outside Sydney

  • Our Aims & Objectives

    To encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government.
    To welcome, befriend and assist refugees facing uncertain futures, in detention and in the community.

  • What We Offer

    Practical, emotional and financial assistance for refugees and to encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government

Latest News

    • 8TH MARCH 2019
    • 1
    Another death in Villawood

    Another death in Villawood

    After the latest suicide attempt at Villawood I rang Susan Templeman’s Office to let her know that we were all deeply concerned at the mounting number of suicides and attempted suicides caused by indefinite detention policies. Through her office manager she expressed her deep concern but said that, as an opposition MP and a known supported of refugees, her voice makes little difference without direct calls from the public to the Ministers concerned. BCC her in emails.
    Read more to get addresses and see sample letters.

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    • 4TH MARCH 2019
    • 0
    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.

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    • 27TH FEBRUARY 2019
    • 6
    Gardening in extremely difficult circumstances

    Gardening in extremely difficult circumstances

    A young man who came to Australia seeking asylum, but who has been detained in different facilities across the country, has become a very inventive gardener. He has devised an irrigation system from plastic bin liners, plastic milk bottles, polystyrene cups, plastic straws all sourced from the garbage bin. He has cut chux wipes into

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    • 16TH FEBRUARY 2019
    • 0
    Misleading claims about the Medevac Bill

    Misleading claims about the Medevac Bill

    With the passing of the Medevac Bill on Wednesday we are hearing all sorts of misleading claims. We have collected some articles which provide the facts. Read the letter BMRSG wrote to our local member Susan Templeman.

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    • 15TH FEBRUARY 2019
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    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 3

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    • 14TH FEBRUARY 2019
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    Behrouz Boochani’s literary prize acceptance speech – full transcript

    Behrouz Boochani’s literary prize acceptance speech – full transcript

    This is a transcript of the speech Behrouz Boochani delivered via video link on 31 January 2019

    When I arrived at Christmas Island six years ago, an immigration official called me into the office and told me that they were going to exile me to Manus Island, a place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I told them that I am a writer. That same person just laughed at me, and ordered the guards to exile me to Manus.

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