From the ABC: Taskforce agrees with Tasmanian Government that it’s ready to take asylum seekers.
ALP Boat Turnbacks Disappointing
From The Wire: Refugee activists both outside and inside the Labor party were hoping the weekend’s National Conference would see a change of heart on the treatment of asylum seekers. But their hopes for agreement on closing down the Regional Processing Centres in Manus Island and Nauru were dashed and many were left shocked and disappointed Bill Shorten backed the Coalition policy of turning back boats. So how is the ALP’s new asylum seeker policy different from the government’s?
Featured in story: Misha Coleman, Executive Officer, Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce
Tony Kevin, former Diplomat
Listen to the full story. Produced by Catherine Zengerer.
On each of the nine days from 12 June to 20 June, set aside time at home, in your parish, your classroom or your agency to reflect on some of the scriptural passages and the quotation and to pray some or all of the prayers for the intention of overcoming the indifference and hard-heartedness of our world to refugees.
Download the full document including prayers and a message from the Pope: A Movement of the Heart 2015.
Taskforce board member Rev Mark Reissen will be speaking at the Walk for Justice in Adelaide on Palm Sunday. For more information visit:
The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce have provided the details of an alleged rape to the Moss Review, and while the accused walks free, the review considers the evidence “irrelevant” and leaves the victim languishing.
Press Release: “Free the Refugees” Rally: March, from 12 noon to 2pm at Victory Park, Traralgon
A major rally is to be held in the Latrobe Valley to highlight the plight of people seeking asylum in Australia who have been put into indefinite detention in prison-like centres on Nauru and Manus Island. The “Free the Refugees” Rally is to be held on Sunday, 29th.
There are about 2,000 people, including men, women and children, who are being held in these detention centres for over 18 months. Existing Government policies could result in these people being forced to stay in these horrible detention centres for ever. Most, if not all, of these people have almost certainly fled from their homelands in order to escape from very difficult or dangerous situations. Their only “crime” is that they wish to seek asylum in Australia.
The Latrobe Valley Asylum Seekers Support Group, which is organizing the rally, wishes to provide an opportunity for people from throughout Gippsland to peacefully and publicly express their concern, and shame, about Australia’s indefinite incarceration of these people.
People coming to the rally are being invited to bring their own picnic. Music will be provided by a local ukulele ensemble. Speakers at the rally will include Misha Coleman, Executive Officer of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce and Jeanette Gibson, a Gippsland psychologist , who has had experience working in a refugee detention centre.
Near the end of the rally, participants will be invited to help release some balloons to symbolize the hope that these refugees will soon be freed and able to seek asylum in Australia.
Released by: David Langmore
Convenor, Latrobe Valley Asylum Seekers Support Group
Telephone: (03) 5174 5327
Mobile: 0417 052 909