End of financial year appeal

Monday, May 22 2017

Dear Friend As I write, the emergency situation for people seeking asylum in our country has escalated even further. 21ST of May’s  “Lodge or Leave” announcement means that there are around 4,000 people in Victoria alone who urgently need our legal help to apply for refugee protection by the deadline of 1 October 2017. People […]

Join the Palm Sunday rally – Sunday 9 April

Friday, April 7 2017

The tradition of Palm Sunday rallies continues this weekend and once again thousands of Australians will be walking for justice for refugees and an end to the punitive policies. It’s critical to show that we Australians ARE better than this. So I encourage you with your family and friends to be part of the walk […]

‘Draconian and dangerous’: Despair over fresh crackdown on asylum seekers

Wednesday, March 1 2017

Asylum seekers have been told they will lose their welfare payments, bridging visas and right to seek asylum unless they urgently submit applications for protection, as the Turnbull government cracks down on the “legacy caseload” of boat arrivals. > View The Sydney Morning Herald article

Refugee Legal Emergency Appeal

Wednesday, March 1 2017

Fragile souls at the center of Trump’s spat with Australia

Monday, February 6 2017

Op-Ed David Mann CNN.com As a new era begins in US foreign policy, there are around 2,500 people, the great majority of whom are refugees, closely monitoring news of these events with a very direct, very personal interest. The fate of these people, who have been held in prolonged limbo in Nauru and Papua New […]

Inside Nauru nightmare

Tuesday, August 9 2016

Chasing Asylum (MA). Director: Eva Orner. 96 minutes With Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court of Justice finding last month that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island was unconstitutional, the shamefulness of Australia’s border protection policies was once again laid bare. As if we needed further proof, on the heels of those developments comes […]

NT royal commission ‘should also include children in immigration detention’

Monday, August 8 2016

Human rights advocates say inquiry should be expanded to including ‘all children deprived of their liberty by the Australian government’.  Read The Guardian article.

Australia deliberately ignores refugee abuse: report

Thursday, August 4 2016

Two leading rights groups accuse Australia of ignoring abuse to deter people from trying to travel to the country.  View the Al Jazeera article  

Australia condemned by rights groups for ‘deliberately ignoring’ refugee abuse

Thursday, August 4 2016

Australia is deliberately ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on the South Pacific island of Nauru as a means of deterring others from attempting the journey to Australia, two human rights groups have said.  View the Al Jazeera article

Refugees – A Matter of Fact

Wednesday, May 11 2016

Director of the Edmund Rice Centre and President of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), Phil Glendenning, and human rights lawyer, David Manne, on the Assembly of Catholic Professionals panel > Listen to the presentation