At a workshop as part of the Welcome the Asylum Seeker Parish
Support Forum at St Monica's Primary School, Moonee Ponds on Tuesday,
11 July 2017 participants busied themselves writing letters to their Government
representatives requesting more humane responses to the treatment of those on
Manus Island and Nauru, the tragedy of children in detention and requesting an increase
in the number of Syrian refugees received in Australia.
The Fifth National Conference of the Australian
Catholic Migrant and Education Office was held at the Melbourne campus of Australian Catholic
University, on 18 and 19 July. This year’s theme is 'Cast into the deep' focussed on the care of
migrants and refugees who are coming to Australia—an issue that is heavily
debated by the Australian public.
Government is seeking to legislate substantial changes to make it more
difficult for people to gain citizenship, especially those from
non-English speaking backgrounds. This will also impact on people who
have been granted permanent visas as refugees and are who are waiting to
obtain citizenship and it will impact on their family members who have
arrived here for family reunification.
Brigid Arthur from the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project and Paris Aristotle AM,
CEO of the Foundation for Survivors of Torture, thanked participants at
Catholic Social Services' Forum for
Parishes (held on 11 July 2017), for maintaining their support for refugees and people
All are invited to
attend a Culture and History of the South Sudanese Community Forum in
Sunshine on Saturday 15 July from 1.30pm to 4pm in St Theresa's Hall, 18
Drummartin St, Albion. This forum sponsored by Pax Christi, an
international peace movement, to meet members of the South Sudanese
Community in Sunshine, learn about their culture and history, and hear
first-hand of their experiences of being refugees in Australia.