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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 politics. Recent weeks have seen words used by the immigration minister as bullets to reignite a war against immigrants, and the Taskforce has taken action in response.

We have been encouraging all federal senators and MPs to sign a 2016 version of the Parliamentary Code of Race Ethics, first introduced in 1996 by Qld Senators Margaret Reynolds and John Woodley (view the 1996 document and its signatories here).

To date, all members of the ALP caucus have signed the 2016 version, which aims to hold our elected members to a code of conduct which includes making a commitment to telling the truth, and representing all constituents, regardless of race.

Read the full 2016 Parliamentary Code of Ethics and ask your local MP and your senate representatives to please sign up.

As of today, Mr Shorten has written to Mr Turnbull asking him to present it to the coalition party room, and we eagerly await Mr Turnbull’s response.

By | November 28th, 2016|Front - Campaigns, Race and Politics|

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.

Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce

Uniting Justice

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 the PNG Supreme Court ruled that the facility was in breach of the Constitution.

The Australian Government is now working out where to place the 800 detainees who remain at the centre.

The Spanish conglomerate that’s about to take over responsibility for running the facility—as well as the one on Nauru—says in the future, it wants to get out of the business entirely.

The company, Ferrovial, succeeded last week in a takeover bid for the current contract holder Broadspectrum. Activist groups have lobbied Broadspectrum shareholders to divest from the company because of its role in offshore detention.

Shen Narayanasamy, Executive Director of the group, No Business in Abuse says ‘from Ferrovial’s perspective, to be complacent in the abuse of women and children is an enormous risk’.

By | May 5th, 2016|Front - Campaigns, No Business in Abuse|

From SMH: Nuns, church groups start training for Australian Border Force raids

It is hard to imagine the brawn of the Australian Border Force raiding the convent where Saint Mary MacKillop’s body is entombed.

But that is the scenario North Sydney’s Sisters of St Joseph will be preparing for on Sunday, as they ready to help harbour asylum seekers the Turnbull government tries to force back to Nauru or Manus Island… Read more.

By | April 4th, 2016|Front - Campaigns, Sanctuary|

#Letthemstay sanctuary training set up at Brisbane Cathedral

From the Brisbane Times by Amy Mitchell-Whittington. Read the full story….

The Anglican Dean of Brisbane welcomed those willing to stand with him in providing a sanctuary for refugees by facilitating “sanctuary training” on Sunday.

Dr Peter Catt declared St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane’s CBD as a place of sanctuary more than a month ago for the 267 asylum seekers who the High Court of Australia ruled must return to offshore detention centres.

By | March 18th, 2016|Front - Campaigns, Latest News, Sanctuary|

‘The whole nation is on board’: inside the sanctuary movement to protect asylum seekers

From The Guardian – Read the Full Story. Across Australia, hundreds of people are gathering at churches to learn how to engage in civil disobedience and protect asylum seekers from border force officials

By | March 18th, 2016|Front - Campaigns, Latest News, Sanctuary|

Churches vow to protect asylum seekers

From Sky News – Read the Full Story. Hundreds of people who are prepared to put their bodies on the line to protect asylum seekers looking for sanctuary in Australian churches have attended training sessions across the country.

Some 115 churches have vowed to provide sanctuary to 267 asylum seekers, including children, facing deportation back to Nauru.

In Melbourne, more than 100 people attended the Wesley Uniting Church on Sunday to learn how they could help protect the asylum seekers if they do look for sanctuary in the church.

By | March 18th, 2016|Front - Campaigns, Latest News, Sanctuary|

Nuns Train To Resist Government Threat To Church Sanctuary Tradition, Dating To Middle Ages

From the HuffPost Australia – Read the Full Story.

In the peaceful heart of Mary MacKillop Place, near where the tomb of Australia’s first saint rests, people — including nuns — gathered on Sunday to learn the principles of non-violent resistance.

They were shown how to body block and deal with police in preparation for the possibility they would need to protect asylum seekers looking for sanctuary in the church from being taken by Australian Border Force officers.

By | March 18th, 2016|Front - Campaigns, Latest News, Sanctuary|

Churches hold lessons for asylum seeker protesters

Churches hold lessons for asylum seeker protesters – by Bethany Hiatt – The West Australian

People interested in protecting asylum seekers who sought sanctuary in churches attended training sessions held in every capital city yesterday. Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce executive officer and national church sanctuary movement co-ordinator Misha Coleman said the training was in non-violent “anti-deportation measures”. Read the full story.

 

By | March 18th, 2016|Front - Campaigns, Latest News, Sanctuary|

From SBS: Hundreds attend ‘sanctuary’ training sessions to protect asylum seekers

Hundreds of people have taken part in training sessions across the country to help protect asylum seekers looking for ‘sanctuary’ in churches in defiance of the federal government’s attempt to deport 267 asylum seekers to offshore detention. By Lydia Feng. Read the full story at SBS News.

By | March 18th, 2016|Front - Campaigns, Front - Hot Topics, Latest News, Sanctuary|