World Refugee Day

“Australians should pause this World Refugee Day to reflect on the courage, resilience and contributions made to Australian society by more than 750,000 refugees who have found hope and a new home in Australia since the nation signed up to the United Nations Refugee Convention 60 years ago, the Australian Human Rights Commission said on 20 June 2011. For more:

POSTED 2 Jul 2011

Church Asylum

Asylum seekers will be moved into presbyteries and other church-owned properties in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs before Christmas, as part of the plan to bring families out of detention. The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Hotham Mission Asylum-Seeker Project, behind the scheme, says they are in talks to have the families moved. For more:


POSTED 27 Dec 2010

Refugee Seminar

On Sat, Oct 16, 2010 UWA will be holding a seminar: Manning Clark House of Ideas – the idea of refuge. A range of speakers will speak on their idea about asylum seekers and who has a right to refuge in Australia. Speakers include:

  • Richard Towle, UNHCR Regional Representative for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific
  • Donna Green and Liz Minchin, authors of Screw Light Bulbs
  • Maria Saraceni, Partner, Norton Rose Australia and President, Ethnic Communities Council of WA
  • Michael O’Hara, CEO, Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre
  • Carina Hoang, former Vietnamese refugee and author
  • Renay Grech, Acting CEO, ASeTTS, Perth
  • Carmen Lawrence, Director, Centre for the Study of Social Change, UWA
  • Sebastian Clark, President, Manning Clark House

For more info:

POSTED 17 Sep 2010
CAT Events

Get Up Busy

Action group, Get Up is working actively to promote its agenda in the election campaign supported by a significant advertising blitz. On the night of July 22, 2010 across Australia Get up members got together in 202 houses, including 26 homes in WA and 4 in Tasmania. Its campaign centres on climate change, mental health, refugees and forestry. In one day last week 6000 GetUp members contacted their local politician urging action on reducing carbon pollution.

For more on their 2010 election strategy:

POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Sexuality Secrets

Britain’s Supreme Court has overturned a decision to deport two homosexual asylum seekers which was made on the basis that they would be safe as long as they kept their sexuality secret. The five judges of the court ruled that this was a violation of the men’s right and no one had the right to compel a homosexual person to keep their sexuality secret.

For more:

POSTED 10 Jul 2010
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Refugee Facts

The UN’s High Commission for Refugees released this month its annual report on refugees. It shows the number of displaced people worldwide is the highest since the 1990s. There are 43.3m people forcibly displaced around the world. Pakistan has the most refugees with 1.7m ppl. Africa has 40% of displaced people in the world. Four in five refugees are in developing countries. The report shows that Canada has 169,000 refugees and 61,170 asylum seekers. Australia has 22,548 refugees and 2350 asylum seekers. The Netherlands has 76008 refugees, 16245 asylum seekers and 5034 stateless persons.

For more data:

For the report:

POSTED 29 Jun 2010