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    We are a diverse group of ordinary Australians from all sides of politics, living just outside Sydney.    The organisation has no specific religious affiliation.   We are all volunteers.

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    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.

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

Good News

From Sister Elizabeth Young
Well, now we can thank God for very good news: A has been given a visa and freed from detention!!!

Let us then celebrate with him. Here is part of A’s message:

“Dear Australians,

By the will of God and your support, I got the visa and am now, finally, a free man. I am forever indebted to you all. At this moment I am reminded of the words of God. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Special thanks to Sister Elizabeth, who started the petition. I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my lawyer, Ms. Sanmati Verma, and her legal team: ‘ … And to Minister Alan Tudge, and to all those who signed the petition and encouraged me in many ways.

May God bless you all! God bless!”

I also had a list to thank for this outcome, for the combined pressure on the immigration department for his release. But I am humbled to think that I forgot the one first thought of by A: the Minister who allowed his release. Here are those I wish to thank: his legal representatives, petition signers (over 25,000!), petition promoters, media storytellers, those who contacted the Minister, other MPs who investigated, and everyone for their prayers. So I would like to add the Minister and those who facilitated his freedom.

It was about 11 years and 5 months, or 4179 days, that A was detained by our government. Throughout this time, his supporters and I have been privileged to know A; he is so incredible to have survived all of this. We have seen his strength of character, and faith in God and the goodness of people through such a trial.


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