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  • Susan Templeman’s speech Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 Second Reading Speech

    Susan Templeman’s speech Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 Second Reading Speech

    Member of Macquarie, Susan Templeman’s speech opposing the repeal of the Medivac legislation.
    MIGRATION AMENDMENT (REPAIRING MEDICAL TRANSFERS) BILL 2019 SECOND READING SPEECH
    Since the Medevac laws passed in February, against the government’s wishes, 110 refugees and asylum seekers have been transferred to Australia for medical treatment.
    In a submission to a Senate inquiry examining the government’s bid to unwind the laws, Dr Kerryn Phelps points out that about 80 per cent of cases were agreed to by the minister at the first instance and none have been refused on security grounds.
    “The process is working as intended – an orderly system providing medical treatment for sick refugees in a timely manner,” Dr Phelps said. Read more

  • Six Years Too Long – Hawkesbury RAR Rally

    Six Years Too Long – Hawkesbury RAR Rally

    About 30 people gathered in Richmond Park on Saturday 20 July 2019 to mark the six years since those seeking asylum were sent to the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru.
    Each of the men who died as a result of being detained on Manus or Nauru was remembered by name and a brief report of the circumstances of their death read and a minute’s silence observed for each man. Each man’s portrait was displayed and a flower laid on each chair as their stories were read. The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert and the Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman spoke.Read more

  • Wentworth Falls Launch of “No Friend But The Mountains”

    Wentworth Falls Launch of “No Friend But The Mountains”

    by Roger Grealy Kathie Herbert and Joy Connor did us proud in organising and running the afternoon around the local launch of Behrouz Boochani’s book, No Friend But The Mountains. As an interested observer  I write to say what a professional group we have and what talented , hard working women Kathie and Joy are.Read more

  • Lobbying Federal Politicians in Canberra

    Lobbying Federal Politicians in Canberra

    Joy Connor and Marie Sellstrom, President of Rural Australians for Refugees, spent 2 days in Canberra meeting with politicians. They met with Russell Broadbent, sent Marise Payne a gift of Blue Mountains honey and a copy of Behrouz Boochani’s book and met with Julie Bishop. The meetings were facilitated by local member Susan Templeman.
    Julie Bishop said that refugee advocates needed to lobby for more involvement by Australia in regional intercountry dialogue such as the ‘Bali Process’, if there is to be any kind of solution to forced migration. Read more

  • Is it time to compromise on Australia’s cruel asylum seeker policy?

    Is it time to compromise on Australia’s cruel asylum seeker policy?

    A few weeks ago two of Australia’s leading critics of successive governments’ asylum seeker policies have republished their contentious views on how to change the seemingly intractable position held by both the Government and the Opposition. Robert Manne, Emeritus Professor of Politics, La Trobe University and John Medadue, Former Secretary, Department of Immigration together with Frank Brennan SJ, Professor of Law, Australian Catholic University and Tim Costello, CEO World Vision Australia put forward their position in 2016.

    BMRSG is posting these articles for discussion and does not endorse any position.

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  • Top UN official slams Australia’s offshore detention

    Top UN official slams Australia’s offshore detention

    New Human Rights chief’s, Michelle Bachelet, first speech to the Human Rights Council, says Australia’s offshore processing immigration regime is “an affront to the protection of human rights”, #KidsOffNauru Read The Guardian article: ‘Affront to human rights’: top UN official slams Australia’s offshore detention Listen to Michelle Bachelet https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TjgnpU5AuwQRead more

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