Monthly Archives: September 2015

Churches Taskforce comments on Syria and Iraqi Refugee and Air Strikes Announcement

PRESS RELEASE: Churches Taskforce comments on Syria and Iraqi Refugee and Air Strikes Announcement. September 9, 2015.

Sister Brigid Arthur, Acting Chair of the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce, said today that the people had spoken, and this time the Government had listened.

“I prayed that Australia would open its hearts and its doors to people facing the greatest need for protection, as did so many others from churches and homes all across Australia”. She said that “it’s not yet clear what Mr Abbott means by prioritising persecuted minorities, but we need to remember that people of all faiths have suffered enormous loss, and that’s why they fled.”

“I’m so glad that people fleeing Syria and Iraq will be offered places that are additional to our existing quotas. The initial announcement would have been robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

“I’m also so relieved that people will be offered permanent places in Australia – we still have so many thousands of people who are languishing in detention or even in the community, with no certainty about their lives, which is literally sending them crazy.”

The Taskforce is also calling on the Government to now process and release Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers who are rotting in Nauru and Manus Island, or who are in detention in Australia. Sister Brigid said: “the Government has recognised that people from these countries have no choice but to run for their lives, so there is no basis for not processing those that have already made it here,” she said.

“I am very distressed though to learn that included in this wonderful announcement today, is the decision to participate in the bombing campaign in Syria – how will Mr Abbott ensure that innocent people won’t be killed in strikes undertaken by the Australian Defence Force?”

Misha Coleman, Executive Officer of the Taskforce, said that “the increased aid money to neighbouring countries and refugees who have no food, clothing or shelter, via the UNHCR, is an enlightened move on behalf of this government. But I call on the Abbott Government to release the estimates of what it will cost the Australian taxpayer to participate in the bombing of Syria.”

Available for comment: Sister Brigid Arthur, 0408 101 134;
Misha Coleman, 0428 399 739.

By | 2015-09-09T16:20:25+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Press Releases|

Press Release: Churches Taskforce comments on Syria and Iraqi Refugee and Air Strikes Announcement

PRESS RELEASE: Churches Taskforce comments on Syria and Iraqi Refugee and Air Strikes Announcement. September 9 2015.

Sister Brigid Arthur, Acting Chair of the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce, said today that the people had spoken, and this time the Government had listened. “I prayed that Australia would open its hearts and its doors to people facing the greatest need for protection, as did so many others from churches and homes all across Australia”. Read the full press release.
Available for comment: Sister Brigid Arthur, 0408 101 134;
Misha Coleman, 0428 399 739.

By | 2015-09-09T16:07:44+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Front - Hot Topics, Press Releases|

Pulling our weight on refugees? Nope, nope, nope

From the Development Policy Centre. By Robin Davies on August 10, 2015. Australia, readers of The Australian have learned, is well and truly ‘pulling its weight on refugees’. Australia is said to be the most generous receiver of refugees in the world. What authority is cited? Why, the Refugee Council of Australia. The newspaper has simply taken the Refugee Council’s statistics on refugee resettlement in 2014, which were released at the end of July… read the full article.

By | 2018-01-04T16:13:48+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Front - Resources|

Immediate Sanctuary Required for Refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq – Uniting Justice Australia

The Uniting Church in Australia is today calling on the Government to commit to a significant increase in Australia’s refugee intake as a response to the crisis in Syria.

“While we welcome the Federal Government’s commitment to increase our refugee intake from Syria, the scale of this crisis requires a much greater response,” said Uniting Church President Mr Stuart McMillan.

Read the full press release at the Uniting Justice website.

By | 2015-09-08T10:40:54+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Front - News, Latest News, Press Releases|

Bishop Philip Huggins writes to the Prime Minister

A Letter to the Prime Minister

Bishop Philip Huggins, (Chair of the Anglican Church of Australia General Synod Working Group on Refugees and Asylum-seekers) has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott requesting Australia makes an additional allocation of 10,000 refugee places for people fleeing Syria. Download the letter here.

Disrupting The Supply Chains Of Mandatory Detention

From New Matilda By Matthew Kiem. The inspiring tale of activism that forced a major super fund to ditch a company in the misery business. The persistent pressure on HESTA to divest from Transfield Services Pty Ltd has landed a huge blow against the biggest contractor in the Australian detention industry. Read the full story.

By | 2015-11-17T14:41:05+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Front - News, Latest News, No Business in Abuse|

‘Hell exists and it’s on Nauru’: Priest angers Transfield over asylum seeker church signs

From the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. By Joanne McCarthy. Transfield chairwoman Diane Smith-Gander has asked to meet with Newcastle Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson about the priest who won’t stop talking about Jesus, morals and asylum seekers. Father Rod Bower’s sign “Hesta Divests Transfield. Good on ya!” outside his Gosford church on August 18 after the superannuation fund divested its Transfield shares, and a tweet saying “Don’t invest in evil”, led to a call from Transfield and a request for a meeting. Read the full story.

By | 2015-11-17T14:40:44+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|Front - News, Latest News, No Business in Abuse|