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John 13:34

Saturday, March 19, 2016





Wednesday 6th April, 7:30pm-9:00pm Xavier Conference Centre, 38 Harbour St Wollongong

Bishop Peter is keen for our parish communities to support, newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers within our community.  Over the coming months around 200-300 people will be arriving within the Illawarra area. If you are interested in offering support then this information evening is for you.  The evening will consider details on how and what kind of support is being sought for refugees and arranging a point of contact between parishes and Navitas English (, the Federal Government's resettlement agency for the Illawarra.  Please RSVP to Helen Bennett 4222 2403 or by Friday 1st April





18 March 2016

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Add your voice to help get Australia's refugee program back on track

This year, we have seen a commitment by our Government to bring an additional 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to Australia - a number equivalent to the deduction in refugee numbers in the last two years. Despite the tardy nature of the arrival, it is a welcome shift in a nadir for policy and practice in our treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum.

The immigration Minister has recently asked for input from the public, and we encourage you to take a look at what we have found from our discussions with hundreds of organisations and individuals in every state and territory, and use this advice to deliver a submission of your own.


Find out some of our key recommendations and to make your own submission.

Help us access education for all people seeking asylum

Last week saw the launch of our new campaign: Education for All. Our report, published in December 2015, outlines the many financial barriers faced by refugees on temporary visas and asylum seekers in accessing further education.  We are calling on the state and federal governments to allow people in this situation to pay the same fees as Australian nationals,

Sign our petition to join us in asking the government to commit to enabling access to tertiary education for people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas.


Iranian deal on forced returns would establish dangerous precedent
The Iranian government have put paid to rumours that Australia is on the cusp of a deal with Iran to forcibly deport Iranians who came here seeking asylum. Furthermore, he has condemned Australia's treatment of seekers.

Such a deal, were it to be made, would establish a dangerous precedent and in many cases force people to return to unsafe situations. Given RCOA's recent findings that 4 out of 5 people who have arrived by boat have been found to be genuine refugees, attempts by the Australian government to force the return of thousands of people to Iran cast further doubts as to the fairness of the asylum processing system.


Only two people 'resettled' in Cambodia now remain

The Cambodia deal, which saw the Australian government spending $55 million on the 'resettlement' of just five refugees in Cambodia has faced more ridicule as three of those five have now returned home.  It is reported that this came as a result of the poor quality of life under the resettlement program.

The government continue to defend the agreement despite the mounting evidence it has failed. This has prompted the Greens to refer the deal to the Auditor General for investigation, and highlights both the cruelty and the inadequacy of the current Australian policy towards people who have arrived by boat.


Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Migration Amendment (Character Cancellation Consequential Provisions) Bill 2016


For a full list of events see coming up across Australia and in your areas, see here.



Iranian foreign minister condemns Australian treatment of asylum seekers
College prepares to welcome Syrian and Iraqi refugee students
Hundreds of people train to protect asylum seekers
Roll'd: the Vietnamese refugee behind the $25 million food business
leaders slam slow refugee intake


Only two remain from Cambodia resettlement deal
Nauru government denies reports of children abused in schools
Refugee-run school in Indonesia is a model to emulate
Indonesia asks Australia to accept more refugees


'Notes on the great Syrian exodus'
Syrian firms relocate and boost local economies
Ai Wei Wei sets up piano in refugee camp
UK to join NATO patrols in Aegean Sea



Refugee Week 2016 will run from 19-25 June and will see thousands of events across the country celebrating the positive contributions of refugees to Australian society.  

Let us know what you have planned so that we can add it to the website, promote your event and provide you with resources. Email: or




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