The ongoing confusion about the future of the Australia-US refugee resettlement arrangement requires urgent leadership from Australia’s politicians. As political games are played in Canberra and Washington, the real victims are the refugees who have been left languishing in Nauru and Manus for 4 years. Enough is enough. People have suffered for too long because… Read More Australia cannot rely on Trump – It’s time to #BringThemHere
Long-time Human Rights campaigner and Edmund Rice colleague, Phil Glendenning, was honoured in the Australia Day honours list this past Australia Day. This was wel-deserved,and recognised Phil’s long journey together with Indigenous Peoples and Refugees to achieve their aspirations to have their rightful place in our world, and especially in our own country, recognised. The… Read More Recognition for Phil Glendenning AM
“This Christmas and holiday season, many of us will be spending time with people who are very quick to recite what they hear on talkback radio or read in the tabloid press. That’s why we’ve put together The Edmund Rice Centre’s Guide to Speaking up for Social Justice this Christmas. The Guide has been developed… Read More A Message from Ed Rice Centre Homebush
The latest announcement from the Turnbull Government raises many more questions than answers when it comes to the future of those people who were on Manus and Nauru who have been brought to Australia for medical and other treatment. What of those who have been psychologically damaged? one report yesterday suggested that they will need… Read More More Questions than Answers
Following some re-arrangements of tasks for 2017, I will not be responsible for Social Justice & Advocacy for the Oceania Province. Hence the slight change in the banner on the front page of this Blog. I intend to keep this Blog going in any case, as a ‘private’ effort, and hope that it provides a… Read More News for 2017!
Today I have written to a number of ALP MPs and Senators in the following terms: I wish to register my strong disapproval of the proposed restrictions upon those who have sought refuge in Australia by arriving by boat after 19th July 2013. As if indefinite Off-Shore detention is not punishment enough, they are now… Read More Letter to ALP Members & Senators
Just when we thought that Australia’s measures aimed at deterring people smugglers, but actually inflicting unreasonable, unjust, and cruel treatment upon innocent people seeking our protection had reached an all-time low, the Prime Minister has announced further draconian measures. Naming the date of arrival by boat to delineate the persons to whom this new regime… Read More How low can you go?