Monthly Archives: May 2015

March 21 2015

QLD Labor for Refugees Book Launch: The Drownings Argument with Taskforce Executive Officer Misha Coleman.

Thursday March 21, 6pm at the Avid Reader, Boundary Street West End Brisbane.

Download the flyer and join us. Poster - The Drownings Argument Launch

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Phnom Penh Post Story on Budget and Refugees

Misha Coleman, executive officer of the Australia Churches Refugee Task Force, said in a statement that the new money was part of a “budget bonanza” for bad refugee policy.

“Cambodia is one of the few countries that has escaped an aid budget cut, while neighbouring Vietnam, Laos and [Myanmar] were all hit with 40 [per cent] budget cuts. I must say that the Cambodia government are great negotiators though,” she said.

“By agreeing to take up to 10 refugees from Australia and Nauru each year for four years, the aid budget provided nearly [A]$40 million. That’s $1 million [per] refugee, and that was only the original agreement; we’re now paying even more on top of the original deal”.

Read the full story by Daniel Pye in the Phnom Penh Post



Press Release: Budget Bonanza for Corrupt Countries

Speaking from Treasury after being released from the lock-up, Executive Officer Misha Coleman said; “the boats still haven’t stopped, but money keeps pouring down the sink for offshore detention. With images today of 8000 people sweltering in misery in boats in the Malacca Straits, how long can we continue the politics of deterrence, with a price tag of $811 million a year”.

Press Release Budget Night Bonanza for Corrupt Countries