It was taken as a sign of hope by refugee communities, advocates and supporters when the Labor party won the recent federal election that a more humane and compassionate approach would now be taken towards refugee policy and the treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum in this country.
For the Reverend Hoda Ameri her life’s journey began when she found God.
Thousand of people have called for better treatment of refugees and asylum seekers as they celebrated the release of more than 40 people from indefinite detention across Australia.
Eight more asylum seekers have been released from the Park Hotel in Carlton, emptying it of detainees after nine years.
Further humane policies are needed despite the release of at least 19 refugees and asylum seekers from detention last week, according to one Melbourne bishop.
As I write, we are witnessing Russia’s military thrust into Ukraine, and its appalling consequences, with no end to the fighting in sight.
AN ASYLUM seeker support centre that’s helped hundreds of people will close its doors in the coming months, as its dedicated founder looks to wind down his involvement.
CAMPAIGNERS hope the frenzy surrounding tennis player Novak Djokovic’s detention will draw attention to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers trapped for years in detention by Australian government policies.
Dr June Factor is the convener of Befriend a Child in Detention, and Bishop Philip Huggins is a member of the organisation’s leadership team. Here they write of their frustration in trying to establish the true number of children in Nauru.
Vicar-General of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Bishop Philip Huggins, has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to bring asylum seekers still languishing in offshore detention.