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The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce has been established to promote a shared Christian vision of compassion and hospitality for asylum seekers and refugees. The churches and their agencies work together to advocate for just and humane policies.

Joint Policy Briefing: Australia’s approach to private/community sponsorship of refugees

4 December 2017 Joint Policy Briefing: Australia’s approach to private/community sponsorship of refugees

We are leading organisations in the refugee and humanitarian sector and have prepared this joint policy briefing to suggest ways in which the government can enable members of the Australian community to play a greater role in helping Australia respond to the global refugee crisis, […]

Australian Christian Churches call for compassion for refugees

December 21st 2017: The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce calls on all members of Government to abandon the policy for those transferred to Nauru and Manus Island, to never be allowed entry to Australia.

As the Christian Churches enter a season of celebration for the life, struggle for justice and compassion that Jesus gave to the world, we draw strength to keep working for the same justice and compassion.

We implore leaders in Government in Australia to end the suffering of those whom […]

Church, aid and human rights groups call on government to evacuate the refugee camps

It’s not just President Donald Trump complaining about an agreement between the Australian and American governments to move twelve hundred and fifty refugees from Nauru and Manus Island to the US. A coalition of 70 church, human rights and aid groups wants an end to the refugees’ uncertainty over whether they’ll ever get to America. Listen to the full story from RN.

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Parliamentary Code of Race Ethics

20 years after the first emergence of Pauline Hanson, the 45th Parliament has again become dominated by divisive race […]

Parliamentary Submission: Inquiry in the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016

Download the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce response and the Uniting Justice response.

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ABC NewsRadio: The Business of Offshore Detention

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Last week, the Papua New Guinea Government made the decision to close the Manus Island detention centre, after […]

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National Day of Prayer for the mothers of people in Australia’s offshore detention centres

Church Bulletin Notice

Please consider including this text in your Church bulletin this week.

As […]

Movement of the Heart

Movement of the Hear is a Novena of Prayer running from 12 June, the Feast of […]

ACRT Schools and Churches Poster

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The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce […]

Taskforce Report

The Taskforce's report calling for an independent guardian for unaccompanied children

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Taskforce’s Pre-Budget Policy Submission

The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce’s Pre-Budget Policy Submission advocates for an urgent and comprehensive review of all spending related to asylum seekers and an end to the needless waste of offshore detention and work rights for asylum seekers.

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Australian Christian Churches call for compassion for refugees

December 21st 2017: The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce calls on all members of Government to abandon the policy for those [...]

Joint Policy Briefing: Australia’s approach to private/community sponsorship of refugees

4 December 2017 Joint Policy Briefing: Australia’s approach to private/community sponsorship of refugees We are leading organisations in the refugee and [...]

Media Release: Australian Christian Churches stand in unity for compassion, justice and dignity for refugees in Manus Island, PNG.

24 November 2017 Please note this is a joint media release between the National Council of Churches in Australia, Act [...]

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Recommendations to Protect Refugees in the Middle East by Philip Ruddock and Chris Hayes

The Taskforce supports the recommendations made by the Hon. Philip Ruddock and MP Chris Hayes on Australia's role in protecting [...]

40 years on, Vietnamese refugees are still coming

The Vietnamese diaspora are celebrating the 40th year of migration to Australia, but the way we treat Vietnamese refugees has [...]

Christian Analysis of AHRC Report into Children in Detention

The Forgotten Children in Detention: It is the simplest of instructions to followers of Christ: “learn to do good; seek justice, [...]

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Bayside Community Forum

March 25, 2018, 3:00pm - March 25, 2018, 5:00pm

Learn more about one of the biggest humanitarian crises in generations. Join an interactive discussion about how Australia can help do it's fair share. With Bayside's political and faith leaders and people with lived experience. Confirmed speakers: * Clare O'Neil MP - Member for Hotham * Tim Wilson MP - Member for Goldstein * Shabnam Safa - Karate Black Belt, Neuroscience Student and Former Refugee * Tim Costello - Chief Advocate, World Vision * Rob Buckingham - Senior Pastor, Bayside Church

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Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce shared Walk for Justice for Refugees - Palm Sunday's event. ...

2018 Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees

March 25, 2018, 2:00pm - March 25, 2018, 5:00pm

Join the Melbourne Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees Sunday March 25 at 2pm, commencing at the State Library (music from 1.30pm). The walk will be starting at the Stet Library and take a route that returns to finish at the State Library. Confirmed speakers for the event in Melbourne include: Abdul Aziz Adam live from Manus Island. Aziz is a refugee from Darfur in Sudan and has been imprisoned on Manus for over 4 years. Taqi Azra – Haraza Refugee and NUW organiser Corinne Grant will be the MC More tba Across Australia, people from all faith groups, community groups and organisations and unions will join the Palm Sunday actions for Refugees, bringing banners and other messages of support to express their concern about the treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum. In this election year, let’s stand together with refugees. The Australian Government continues to punish people who sought protection in Australia: • Thousands of people have been held on Nauru and Manus Island during the last four years, and the deliberate cruelty of the offshore detention regime has resulted in 9 deaths, with many people developing serious mental illness and untold misery and despair • The men marooned on Manus are fearful for their safety as Australia abandons them in Papua New Guinea • There are still 160 children held on Nauru, who with their families and other adults are being denied hope for the future • 242 people have been offered protection by America – but around 1700 remain. No refugees from Iran, Somalia, or Sudan (countries covered by Trump’s travel ban) have been offered places to the US. • The Australian Government has rejected the offer by New Zealand to provide protection for 150 people per year. • There are concerns that many people will be pressured to return to unsafe places. • Over 30,000 refugees are living on Bridging Visas in our community, with their futures in limbo. People are still held in detention here in Australia, many for long periods. • Many families are separated by our harsh system, and most have no hope of ever being reunited with their loved ones. Now more than ever Australians of goodwill need to stand together and call for Justice for Refugees. PLAN TO BE THERE. Share this information through your networks, and encourage others to join you on the Walk. You can help to bring about the change we so urgently need to see. WHAT WE WANT TO SEE FOR REFUGEES AND PEOPLE WHO ARE SEEKING ASYLUM We are calling on Australia’s political leaders to abandon the current harsh and unjust policies, and to provide permanent protection for these vulnerable people. We are also calling for truth and respect in the public discourse – Australians are shocked that some politicians show little regard for the truth while pursuing short term political advantage. Australia IS RESPONSIBLE for these people. Instead of spending millions to prolong their despair, Australia should #BringThemHere and #LetThemStay. Give them HOPE – not despair To add your organisation's endorsement, email Marie: info@refugeeadvocacynetwork.org.au For more info call Marie Hapke 0409 252 673 or Chris Breen 0403 013 183 Endorsed by: Academics for Refugees Amnesty International Australia Anakbayan Melbourne Anglican Diocese of Melbourne Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Australia Asia Worker Links Australian Association of Social Workers Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce Australian Education Union Victorian Branch Australian Greens Victoria Australian Jewish Democratic Society Australian Nursing And Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) Australian Refugee Action Network ASU Victorian Private Sector Branch Australian Student Christian Movement Australian Unions for Western Sahara Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association Beechworth Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) Befriend A Child In Detention Bellarine for Refugees Black Sash Australia Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) Central Victorian Refugee Support Network CFMEU C&G Division Vic Branch City of Yarra Combined Refugee Action Group Darebin City Council Diaspora Action Australia Doctors for Refugees East Gippsland Asylum Seeker Support (EGASS) Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria Fair Go For Pensioners Freedom Socialist Party Gabriela Australia Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children (Ballarat GADRC) Grandmothers Against the Detention of Refugee children (GADRC) Batman Grandmothers Against the Detention of Refugee children (GADRC) Bendigo Grandmothers Against the Detention of Refugee Children, Jaga Jaga Branch Hobsons Bay Refugee Network House of Welcome Humanist Society of Victoria Inc. Islamic Council of Victoria Jesuit Social Services Jews For Refugees Kindred Kindness Kommonground Labor for Refugees Latrobe Valley Refuge Support Group Librarians For Refugees Love Makes A Way McMillan for Refugees Melbourne Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church Inc. Migrante Australia Migrante Melbourne Missionary Sisters of Service Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group National Tertiary Education Union National Union of Workers New International Book Shop Pax Christi Victoria People for Human Rights and Equality Philippine Caucus for Peace Philippines Australia Solidarity Association (PASA) Radical Women Refugee Action Collective (RAC) Refugee Advocacy Network Refugee Council of Australia Refugee Legal Rural Australians for Refugees - Aireys Inlet Rural Australians for Refugees - Alpine Rural Australians for Refugees - Apollo Bay Rural Australians for Refugees - Ballarat Rural Australians for Refugees - Benalla Rural Australians for Refugees - Bendigo Rural Australians for Refugees - Castlemaine Rural Australians for Refugees - Daylesford Rural Australians for Refugees - Echuca Rural Australians for Refugees - Euroa Rural Australians for Refugees - Grampians/Gariwerd Rural Australians for Refugees - Hamilton and District Rural Australians for Refugees - Healesville Rural Australians for Refugees - Home among the Gum Trees Rural Australians for Refugees - Latrobe Valley Rural Australians for Refugees - Lorne Rural Australians for Refugees - Macedon Ranges Rural Australians for Refugees - Mansfield Rural Australians for Refugees - Maryborough Rural Australians for Refugees - National Rural Australians for Refugees - Phillip Island Rural Australians for Refugees - Queanbeyan Rural Australians for Refugees - Queenscliff Rural Australians for Refugees - South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees - Southern Highlands Rural Australians for Refugees - Surf Coast Rural Australians for Refugees - Trentham Rural Australians for Refugees - Warburton Rural Australians for Refugees - Warrnambool Rural Australians for Refugees, Daylesford & District Shamama Association of Australia Swan Hill Community Issues Group Socialist Alliance Socialist Alternative Solidarity South West Love Makes a Way St Mary's Catholic Parish - Echuca Teachers for Refugees Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia The Salvation Army (Australian Southern Territory) Union of Australian Women Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Vic Trades Hall Council Victorian Council of Churches Victorian Afghan Associations Network Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association Welcome To Australia West Welcome Wagon World Vision YPR - Young People for Refugees – Bendigo

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