You are invited to join with other members of CAPSA on the 5th Anniversary of Kevin Rudd's announcement that all asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat after the 19th of July 2013 would be processed offshore and not be resettled in Australia. Since then anyone seeking asylum and protection arriving by boat have been placed in detention in Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island or Nauru. On Thursday 19th July 2018 CAPSA are calling for 15 minute lunchtime ‘Circles of Silence’ as we mourn and stand in solidarity with those people held in detention and refugees still trapped offshore..
A screening of the uplifting film The Staging Post will be held on Sunday 12 August at St Michael's Parish, High Street, Ashburton, at 2pm. The documentary follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, Muzafar and Khadim. Stuck in Indonesia after Australia ‘stopped the boats’, and facing many years in limbo, they built a community and started a school which inspired a refugee revolution. People of all ages will enjoy it but it provides a wonderful opportunity for parents to take Year 5 to 12 students and talk about the issues facing refugees.
“Our sense is that everyone is vulnerable, but at the moment the more acute presentations are the Let Them Stay
cohort,” says Dr Tram Nguyen, medical director of specialist mental
health services at Melbourne’s Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health
Hub. This comes in the aftermath of the Federal government's decision to end Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) for several thousand
asylum seekers on bridging visas, which came into effect in 2018.
Starting in late 2017, the government began excluding full-time students including many on scholarships, and those who had sent over $1,000 overseas to help relatives. Now the government is reducing payments to many more asylum seekers.