CAPSA Newsletter January 2022

Dear CAPSA Community,

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

We hope over the summer break you were able to rest and rejuvenate.

In this newsletter, we share key updates from the past month, a ‘save the date’ for the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice, actions you can take to support refugees and people seeking asylum, and, finally, some recommended reading, watching and listening.

As always, you can get in touch with us via email at

In peace and solidarity,

The CAPSA team

The 15,000 announcement: more compassion is needed from the Australian Government

  • The Australian Government recently announced that they would resettle 15,000 refugees from Afghanistan through existing humanitarian visa pathways over the next four years. In reality, this translates to no additional intake and limited support for people fleeing the Afghanistan crisis. Members of the diaspora and organisations across the refugee sector have called the announcement “insulting and disappointing”.
  • In response, CAPSA has published a media release that urges the Federal Government to act immediately to provide safety for those fleeing this ongoing conflict.
  • Prior to the announcement, the interim report from the Inquiry into Australia’s Engagement in Afghanistan was released, which condemned the Government’s handling of the evacuation and resettlement of Afghan nationals – particularly those who had previously worked for the Australian Government.
  • Of note, the report recommended that the Government reconsider permanent protection pathways for refugees and people seeking asylum from Afghanistan currently in Australia, and prioritise family reunification.

Novak Djokovic visa drama brings Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum and refugees to light

  • The cancellation of tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa, corresponding court cases and eventual deportation by the Australian Government, has shone a light internationally on the workings of Australia’s immigration system; and the ‘god-like’ powers that the Immigration Minister holds.
  • Given that Djokovic was held in the Park Hotel, the world also witnessed Australia’s inhumane treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum – particularly of the men arbitrarily detained only a few floors up from Djovokic.
  • In total, the tennis star was detained for five days. Many of the men imprisoned by the Australian Government have suffered in immigration detention for up to 11 years.

Other news and updates

Upcoming event and actions you can take now

  • Save the date! On Palm Sunday, 10th April 2022, people from cities and towns around Australia will be holding COVIDsafe rallies and vigils to call for Justice for Refugees. Please keep an eye out for further details of the events in our upcoming newsletters.
  • #SetThemFree – A multi-faith campaign was launched on Friday 28th January at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, urging Australia’s political leaders to end the inhumane, indefinite detention of people seeking asylum in Australia. You can get involved and share the #SetThemFree short video by visiting the Set Them Free Facebook Page.
  • Call Karen Andrews and help the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre get 1000 people to call her office, to demand that refugees and people seeking asylum are released from hotel detention in Australia immediately. 
  • With a Federal election announcement imminent, the Australian Refugee Advocacy Network (ARAN) has released their Federal Election Resource Kit. Head over to their website to download the kit and start brainstorming how you might advocate for change before the next election. 




  • Limbo – This film follows the experience of a Syrian musician who is adapting to his new life as a refugee in a small Scottish town. The film is currently being shown at select cinemas around Australia (See options for Melbourne, Sydney and Perth).


  • In My Country Podcast – Listen to season one of ‘In My Country’, an Australian podcast that interviews refugees and people seeking asylum, and more broadly explores the places we call home.