A group of concerned Australians living in a regional area outside Sydney
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.
Practical, emotional and financial assistance for refugees and to encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government
CONSTRUCTION work on the permanent immigration processing facility on Nauru is expected to be completed in the first half of this year as the government continues transferring asylum-seekers offshore. The progress on construction of the permanent facility follows the awarding last month of a $70 million contract, to the end of June, to Brisbane-based CanstructRead more
In recent months more than 400 Sri Lankans have been summarily repatriated. After arriving by boat, they were screened out by Immigration officials. This action has received little attention, as public attention has been focused on the brutalities of Nauru and on the five year sentence to bare survival that awaits other recently arrived asylumRead more
THE High Court has ruled that the denial of a protection visa to a Sri Lankan man because Australia’s spy agency declared him a security threat was unlawful. In a test case that will impact about 50 indefinitely detained Sri Lankan refugees, a majority of the High Court said it was invalid to refuse toRead more
Amnesty International’s latest annual report card explains in clear terms the risks involved were the Gillard government to succeed in its quest to resurrect the inhumane Malaysian people swap, according to the Australian Greens. “The report states the deal to expel 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia in exchange for 4,000 refugees who were awaiting resettlementRead more
MOST asylum seekers detained during the Christmas Island and Villawood riots were later found to be refugees, new data shows, challenging an inquiry finding that blamed the unrest on increasing numbers of rejected detainees who would not accept the umpire’s decision. Department of Immigration data shows 88 per cent of asylum seekers who arrived byRead more
Asylum-seeker policy at its worst January 5, 2012 Opinion (From Pamela Curr, ASRC, Melbourne) WHEN some future historian tells the story of Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers since the introduction of mandatory detention in 1992, one of the saddest and cruellest elements of that story will be the plight of Ali Abbas. Ali, who turnedRead more