Sr Brigid Arthur


Vice Chair

Brigid Arthur is a Brigidine Sister who trained both as a Primary and Secondary teacher. She taught and was Principal of schools for many years. Brigid has a degree in Arts (Melbourne University) and educational and Mathematics/Science degrees from Australian Catholic University, La Trobe University, Monash University and Melbourne University. Brigid studied at Fordham University in New York where she graduated with a Masters degree in Religious Education. She has studied theology at Yarra Theological College.
Brigid is the joint coordinator of the Brigidine Asylum Seekers’ Project. This work has been at both a hands on level – helping asylum seekers and refugees with accommodation, and other practical support, and in advocacy – trying to change the present policies and procedures used in Australia to deter asylum seekers coming to this country.
Brigid is a member of the Board of the Asylum Seekers Project and a member of the refugee Advocacy Network.

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Nesan Kistan

NesanThe Salvation Army
Captain Nesan Kistan BA (Hons) in Politics & Psychology, MA in Theology.

Nesan grew up in Apartheid South-Africa acutely aware of the challenges facing people from different cultural and national groups. For last nine years, he has worked tirelessly in the Auburn LGA supporting, refugees, Aslyum seekers and new arrivals who have arrived as skilled migrants or under Australian humanitarian programs. This diverse and cultural melting pot has been his workplace and home teaching him life lessons from this growing global village.

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Major Brad Halse


Major Brad Halse  has served as an officer within The Salvation Army for more than 30 years.  During this time he has held appointments in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, covering diverse areas of service such as aged care, homeless youth, editorial, community and pastoral work, and senior administration.

His current role at Territorial Headquarters in Melbourne is as the Australia Southern Territory’s Director of Government Relations.

Major Halse possesses  a very broad experience in varied fields of community and welfare service, and has a longstanding and passionate commitment to social justice and the professional delivery of community and welfare services.   He has represented The Salvation Army and the broader community on many Commonwealth and State Government advisory bodies and taskforces.

In recent years Major Halse has also played a significant role in the ongoing national debate around responsible gambling and the efforts to implement significant political reform in this area of social policy.  He is also strongly involved in advocacy issues surrounding asylum seekers and refugees in Australia.

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Rev. Mark Riessen


Mission & Community Engagement, Churches of Christ in SA & NT

Mark is the Co-ordinator for Mission and Community Engagement with Churches of Christ in SA & NT. For the past 15 years Mark has pastored churches in Ferntree Gully, Vic and Blackwood, SA. Currently a director for the Stirling Theological College board where he is currently studying a Masters in Theological Studies. Mark is also on the adjunct faculty for the Uniting College in Adelaide, a member of the board of reference for Urban Neighbours Of Hope & Stop the Traffik and co-ordinates Surrender Conference in SA. Mark is a passionate advocate for asylum seekers and for more than 12 years has been working closely with asylum seekers and refugees in detention, campaigning on their behalf and assisting with community integration while in their final stages of processing.



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Major Paul Moulds

PaulTerritorial Director, Social Mission and Resources, Salvation Army

Major Paul Moulds is The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory Social Missions Director, working from Territorial Headquarters in Sydney’s CBD. He has recently concluded a six month secondment to head the Salvation Army’s work with asylum seekers in Nauru and Manus Island.

Major Moulds is part of the Army’s Humanitarian Mission Services, which coordinates the work with asylum seekers, as a board member and official spokesperson.

In 2010, Major Paul Moulds and his wife, Major Robbin Moulds, were honoured with the Order of Australia for their work with homeless youth.


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Misha Coleman

Misha-ColemanMisha has extensive experience living and working in the regions from which people flee as asylum seekers and refugees including Palestine, Ethiopia, Kenya, Vietnam and Cambodia. She was formerly the CEO of Anglican Overseas Aid, and has also worked for the Australian Government’s aid agency AusAID, at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi, and has led Asian Development Bank and US Government aid programs in the Asia-pacific region. She has a Masters degree in Environmental Law and post-graduate qualifications in development studies, monitoring and evaluation.

Formerly, as a Registered Nurse and Midwife, Misha worked in black townships in South Africa during apartheid and in several Australian indigenous communities throughout the 1990’s. In 2000 she was awarded the Australian Service Medal by the Australian Government for active duty in the Multinational Peacekeeping Mission to Bougainville. In 2007 she was awarded two medals by the Government of Vietnam for services to development. Misha was elected as a Board Member of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid in 2011, the peak body for Australian NGOs which operate in the international aid and development sector, and is also currently an elected Councillor in the City of Yarra.

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Rev Professor Dean (Rodney) Drayton

DeanDraytonRev Drayton’s first career was as a Geophysicist in the Simpson Desert. He was ordained as a Methodist Minister, then Ministered in Illinois and Salisbury, South Australia. He moved to the NSW Synod as Executive Director of the Board of Mission, UCA. When he was appointed National President of UCA, he visited detention centres and worked actively with Government to seek better conditions and protection for all asylum seekers. In 2009 he was appointed Professor of Theology at Charles Sturt University.
His focus has become advocacy for Iranian refugees.

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The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt


Dean, St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane

Dr Catt is Dean of St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane. He is committed to forming life-giving relationships within the community and across the diocese and city. His interests include Christian Formation, liturgical innovation, the interaction between science and religion, and narrative theology. He is a member of a number of environmental and Human Rights organisations and has served on Anglican Social Justice Committees at both Diocesan and National level.

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Peter Arndt

PeterArndtExecutive Officer, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission

As Executive Officer of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane, Peter Arndt is also Convenor of the Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network. He participates in a number of reference groups associated with the management of Government-funded refugee support programs and the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation. He also works in advocacy on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, climate change, protection of outworkers, the death penalty and human rights in Sri Lanka and West Papua.

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The Right Reverend Bishop Philip Huggins

HugginsAnglican Diocese of Melbourne, Bishop of the Northern and Western Region of Melbourne and Geelong

Ordained in 1977, Bishop Huggins has held clerical appointments in regional Victoria, Melbourne, and was Assistant Bishop in Perth and Bishop of Grafton, NSW.

He is Chair of the Anglican Diocese’s Social Responsibilities Committee and Multi-Cultural Ministry Committee, and Chair of the Board of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. He is Co-Chair of Christian World Service Commission (ACT for Peace), board member of St Laurence Community Services, and member of the Australian Churches Anti-Gambling Taskforce. He is on the Board of the Centre of Dialogue (La Trobe University), and the Australian Intercultural Society Advisory Board. He actively contributes to multi-faith and multi-cultural issues both locally and internationally.

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