The Taskforce is supporting the following campaigns:

SANCTUARY FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS

The granting of Sanctuary is a strong and pivotal act of civil disobedience on the part of the church. It derives from the ancient power of the church to give ‘Sanctuary’ and offer protection from the authorities to those most vulnerable who are in fear of their lives.

ROBBING THE POOR TO CARE FOR THE DESPERATE

Australian foreign aid is being diverted to on-shore asylum programs: “Aid is not for fixing domestic political issues.”
See the document archive.

Alternative Policies

An archive of alternative policy suggestions from the ACRT and other organisations.

THE DILEMMA OF RETURN TO SRI LANKA

Following a field trip by Taskforce and Act for Peace staff to several Tamil refugee camps in India, this month we will feature articles and resources that attempt to analyse the complexities related to Sri Lankan asylum seekers and refugees.

No Business in Abuse

This campaign aims to end human rights abuses in detention centres by encouraging corporates and individuals to divest from companies who profit from abuse.

Australia's Guantanamo

The Taskforce is fighting for a fair go for the 40 asylum seekers currently in indefinite detention after an adverse ASIO assessment. These people have committed no crime, have not been charged, and yet some are facing their sixth year of detention, with no hope for release. Alaghun (not his real name) is one of these people.

OPPOSING REGRESSIVE CHANGES TO COMPLEMENTARY PROTECTION

The Migration Amendment Bill 2013 seeks to overturn the current complementary protection regime. The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce is deeply concerned about the Bill and asks that the Parliament reject the legislation in its current form.

Mothers and babies in detention

This campaign and High Court challenge seeks to protect babies who are born in Australia, to mothers who are in detention facilities awaiting their refugee claims to be determined. The current government have deemed these babies to be Irregular Maritime Arrivals, even though they are born on Australian soil and have Australian birth certificates. With the pro bono support of law firm Maurice Blackburn, we’re fighting for a fair go for these babies.

Guardianship of Unaccompanied Children

The Taskforce is posing pertinent questions to our policy makers on the issue of unaccompanied children refugees.

THE ECONOMICS OF AUSTRALIA’S ASYLUM SEEKER POLICY

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The Taskforce argues that the $3 billion per year currently being spent on detention would be more effectively spent on protection.

Offshore Processing and Third Country Resettlement

The Taskforce looks at the Government's policy of processing and resettling asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Cambodia.

New Waves of Vietnamese “Boat People”

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