Baptist Care Australia – We Have A Dream
Baptist Care Australia has released its draft policy paper, “Asylum Seekers- A Christian Response” for discussion among Taskforce members and interested people.
Our Chief Executive has also emailed this Statement to all our staff across 33 locations in Melbourne, regional Victoria, Hobart and Launceston; with a request that if they agree with Baptcare’s perspective on this issue then they disseminate it further and also consider the action of contacting their local candidates.
This letter brings to your attention one of the actions of the Council meeting and to request your special response.
Read the original document, “Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders”.
We need a Government who will determine the truly critical issues that should be addressed for the long term national and global good and then go about achieving progress collaboratively. Social cohesion based on core values is important for the wellbeing of individuals and communities, and beyond that for effective democracy. For a democracy in which many politicians espouse Christian faith and/or values, as they do in Australia, it will be a source of strength if politics and conscience informed by religion can work together in the public arena. We present some key issues and values we consider important for this relationship and this election… read the full document.
Baptcare calls for humane treatment and hosting of asylum seekers including: a reception program that involves a humane standard of living within the community, access to a timely and fair assessment of claims for asylum and protection, assurances against refoulement and clear, transparent processes for the review of decisions.
Anglican Refugee and Migrant Working Group: Stop the Politics – Recover the Compassion
People who arrive in Australia seeking asylum should have their claims processed within Australian national territory at locations where they have access to a full range of support services.