Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Prize-Winners in RAR/BMRSG National Video and Poster Competition 2020

    Prize-Winners in RAR/BMRSG National Video and Poster Competition 2020

    Empathy, outrage, compassion and fellow feeling come through loud and clear in entries from school students in the Video and Poster competition run by BMRSG and Rural Australians for Refugees.
    Messages like “Shine a light on the darkness”, “Struggle is real”, “It could be you“, “this could be your tomorrow” show a depth of heartfelt humanity and an understanding of the impact of our countries’ current policies on both refugees and people seeking asylum and on our nation’s soul.
    Prize winners announced. Congratulations all.Read more

  • Strengthening the Character Test Bill – What Can You Do?

    Strengthening the Character Test Bill – What Can You Do?

    In the next sitting of Parliament, the Coalition intends to bring on a vote on the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019. The Bill has passed the House of Representatives and is now before the Senate.
    While framed as a simple adjustment to the Migration Act 1958 (the Act), the Bill, if passed into law, would increase the number of people in immigration detention and facing removal from the country.
    Both Labor and the Greens recommended the Bill be rejected, after a Senate Inquiry was warned of its dangers. The passage of the Bill now depends on the vote of unaligned Senators.
    Contact your Senator.Read more

  • Tibetan Flag is flying outside of the BMCC Chamber

    Tibetan Flag is flying outside of the BMCC Chamber

    March 10th is a day of great significance for all Tibetans around the world. It is the day on which they gather to mark the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising in 1959 when, after 10 years of Chinese occupation of Tibet, Tibetans rose up in opposition.
    10th March 2020 is the 61st Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day.
    The Blue Mountains City Council has for some years hosted a Flag Raising Ceremony and the flying of the Tibetan Flag outside the Council Chambers in our Peace Park. Read more

  • Until when: The forgotten men of Manus Island

    Until when: The forgotten men of Manus Island

    This joint report by the Refugee Council of Australia in partnership with Amnesty International, tells the story of the men who have been sent by Australia to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), and what has happened to them after they were forcibly removed from the ‘regional processing centre’ on Manus Island one year ago.
    Executive summary
    “The system the Australian government has designed for refugees and asylum seekers, has a kind of evil and devastating effect. It can ruin the very inner strength of human spirit. To the outsider, Fariborz [Karami] took his own life [on Nauru in June 2018], but the truth is the system took his life. There is no alternative explanation, and we must hold
    the Australian government accountable for this action.Read more

  • Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017

    Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017

    Summary and recommendation
    The purpose of the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 (the Bill) is to amend the Migration Act to:
    1. allow the Minister to determine that an item is a ‘prohibited thing’ in relation to immigration detention facilities,
    2 allow existing screening, search and seizure powers to be used in relation to prohibited things,
    3 provide a power to search all areas of immigration detention facilities without a warrant, and
    4 enable the use of detector dogs to search facilities and to screen detainees and other persons entering the facilities.

    This post goes into the details of the Bill, the responses of the main parties and the Government’s respond to these comments.
    Read more

  • Canadian minister talks up benefits of immigration on Australia visit

    Canadian minister talks up benefits of immigration on Australia visit

    Canada’s immigration minister is something of a global anomaly at the moment.

    Not only is Ahmed Hussen a former refugee, but someone who loudly and regularly advocates the benefits of immigration in what he calls a “world of closing doors”.

    Mr Hussen spoke at the University of New South Wales on Friday as part of his multi-city visit to Australia, where he championed a more progressive stance on immigration and refugee policy.
    And for him, the topic is not just a portfolio, but a lived experience.
    At 16, Mr Hussen escaped the civil war in Somalia and fled to Canada. He went on to study and practice law, before becoming the country’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship last year.

    Listen to Admed Hussen’s address at the Kaldor CentreRead more

Subscribe for notification of new posts


 

Categories