Monthly Archives: September 2013

African Children’s Swimming Program

Screen Shot 2013-09-26 at 5.04.12 PMCollingwood Leisure Centre, in the city of Yarra, is providing African children with an introduction to swimming and water safety skills, helping to develop a lifelong confidence and enjoyment of the water. There are 24 spots available for children aged between 4 and 12.

The program costs $25 for ten weeks of lessons and takes place at the Collingwood Leisure Centre on Saturdays from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Find out more here, and download an application form to enrol your child!

Collingwood Leisure Centre: Cnr Hoddle & Turnbull Sts, Clifton Hill 3068 Ph: 9205 5522



By | 2018-01-04T16:14:38+10:00 September 26th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Settlement Services Moved Out Of Immigration Portfolio

Under new administrative arrangements announced by the Federal Government today, responsibility for refugee and migrant settlement services and for the Adult Migrant English Program have been moved out of the Immigration portfolio.

This brief guide compiled by the Refugee Council of Australia explains changes in ministerial and departmental responsibility for refugee and asylum service delivery.

By | 2013-09-26T16:59:50+10:00 September 26th, 2013|Government|

Brisbane Refugee Film Festival at Romero Centre

More than 200 people attended the fifth annual Brisbane Refugee Film Festival staged by the Romero Centre at State Library of Queensland on June 22, making the event a resounding success.

The turnout reflected the strong interest in the refugee crisis at a time when each week brings more boatloads of asylum seekers to our northern shores. Questions of radical policy fixes and border security are dominating the airwaves like never before.

The films shown allow audiences to get behind the headlines and present asylum seekers as individuals with widely varying life experiences, dreams and aspirations.

Creative Conversations, a short documentary by Iraqi film and television director Amar Barakat, features Brisbane-based refugees telling their stories, while Brisbane to Burma explores the resettlement journey of six Karen former refu-gees who are now permanent Australian resi-dents.

Several films documented scenes of deprivation, war and human rights abuses and gave an insight into why people are forced to board boats to seek sanctuary in other countries.

By | 2013-09-26T16:56:41+10:00 September 26th, 2013|Latest News|

SVHA Asylum Seeker Health and Wellbeing Scoping Study

Last year St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) commissioned a scoping study into the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers living in the community, with a focus on Victoria, NSW and Queensland. This was conducted by St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne in collaboration with the Ecumenical Migration Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence from June-September 2012.

Many of you generously gave your time, shared knowledge and resources to assist the research team in preparing a report and recommendations to the Board of SVHA. The report has been made publicly available and can be downloaded from the SVHA website.

As you are all aware, it can be difficult to maintain up-to-date information on entitlements and services in an ever-changing policy environment. Efforts were made to provide accurate information at the time of completion, with a brief content update made again in March 2013.

By | 2018-01-04T16:14:38+10:00 September 26th, 2013|Resources for Churches and Schools|

Bishop calls for government to show compassion on asylum seekers

from The Age online

An Anglican bishop has attacked the government for being hard-hearted about asylum seekers, preferring to look tough rather than show any humanity.
Melbourne Bishop Philip Huggins proposed an amnesty for the 30,000 asylum seekers already in Australia, ”however they arrived”.

Read the full article on The Age website and read Bishop Huggins’s press release on this issue.

By | 2013-09-26T14:16:44+10:00 September 26th, 2013|Latest News|

A Tragic Tale of Two Images

Bishop Philip Huggins, Chair of the Melbourne Anglican Social Responsibilities Committee, today asked the community to “contrast these two images” from the Minister for Immigration’s media conference yesterday:

“As intended, the Minister did look very tough, standing beside his General in uniform, and with big banners about Operation Sovereign Borders behind him.

“Juxtapose this with young girls fleeing the Taliban, who prevent their education; Hazara boys who have watched their fathers and brothers murdered; folk who have fled the brutal regimes of Iran and Syria.

“Not once, not even as an aside, has the new Government said one word of compassion regarding the plight of those who seek asylum here,” Bishop Huggins said. “Our common humanity waits to break through the current discourse on this profoundly moral issue.”

Bishop Huggins offered one suggestion for the new Government:

“Draw the line under those who are already here, however they arrived. After security checks, announce an amnesty, so they can belong, access education and employment, be free to contribute to our nation.

“There are some 30,000 people in Australia, mostly young, waiting in various forms of detention. In this time of new beginning, as another Government tries to find the right balance between humanitarian objectives and the need to shut-down people-smugglers, let us accept these folk and give them a future.

“A gesture of some compassion, balancing recent images, would be good for our nation’s soul and for our role in international leadership,” Bishop Huggins concluded.




Bishop Philip Huggins on 9653 4243 or 0418 799 515

By | 2018-01-04T16:14:39+10:00 September 26th, 2013|Latest News, Press Releases|