Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • 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

  • Andrew Wilkie’s regional processing asylum seeker bill tabled again this week

    Andrew Wilkie’s regional processing asylum seeker bill tabled again this week

    Independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, re-introduced the Refugee Protection Bill 2019 to Parliament this morning. It was seconded by independent MP Dr Helen Haines. “Confining people for an indefinite period of time, whether it be on Christmas Island, in Nauru or on Manus, was never a lawful, ethical or affordable policy. It’s grossly inhumane,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

  • Urgent call for Government to protect asylum seekers and refugees

    Urgent call for Government to protect asylum seekers and refugees

    The Australian Human Rights Commission calls on the Australian Government to make urgent changes to improve protections for approximately 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers living in the Australian community.

    A new report Lives on hold: Refugees and asylum seekers in the ‘Legacy Caseload’ reveals the human rights situation of approximately 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers, including families and children, who arrived in Australia by boat before 1 January 2014.

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  • The Jim Tulip Candidates Forum – Questions to candidates in Macquarie

    The Jim Tulip Candidates Forum – Questions to candidates in Macquarie

    Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group is sending these questions to the candidates in Macquarie contesting the Federal election from the 3 major parties. We aim to enable voters to make an informed decision on this issue when considering their choice of candidate and party. Despite repeated attempts to elicit a response to the questions fromRead more

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