Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Recent High Court Decisions

    There have been 3 recent High Court decisions that impact asylum seekers and refugees who come to Australia.  Refugee Protection Visa Cap In two unanimous decisions (H24 & H25) the full High Court ruled that Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to impose a cap on the number of places in Australia’s refugee intake for boat arrivalsRead more

  • Refugee Week Activities

    There are a large number of Refugee Week activities happening in the Blue Mountains, Sydney and across New South Wales .  We encourage everyone to take the time and at least take part in one event. 15 June, 2:00pm to 4:00pm – Springwood Talk by Mark Isaacs (author of The Undesirables – Inside Naura) who spent 9Read more

  • Manus Island Petition

    We all have read or heard and been horrified by the tragic events that lead to the death of Reza Barati and the serious harm to many of the asylum seekers in our care by G4S staff, local police and members of the local community. Many people feel they have a small voice which would haveRead more

  • JULIAN BURNSIDE: Australia’s Refugee Policy: Are We Getting it Right?

    The following YouTube video is of Barrister Julian Burnside’s closing address on Saturday 15 September at the Migration 2012 Conference, Menzies Sydney Hotel.  While this conference was in 2012, the issues covered by Julian Burnside  are very relevant today. [niceyoutubelite id=”mGUOyhX0kNI” aspect_ratio=”16:9″]Read more

  • Gay asylum seekers told they could be reported to PNG police, Amnesty says

    This is another example of the Australian Government’s refusal to honour their international commitments.  Here we have a group of people legally arriving on Australian shores and seeking asylum.  So what happens? They are forcibly removed from Australia to a country where they will again be persecuted. –  Wayne Buckman Oliver Laughland, theguardian.com, Wednesday 11 December 2013 20.18Read more

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