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CAPSA welcomes the ‘Urgent Medical Treatment’ Bill

The passing of the Bill amended in the Senate to facilitate bringing to Australia for medical treatment sick people from Manus Island and Nauru is an occasion for celebration. Even with further amendments following consultation and negotiation, the resultant bill will benefit seriously ill people. Australia was responsible…

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AUSTRALIA TAKES CRUCIAL VOTE ON ASYLUM SEEKERS

By Fr. Giorgio Licini PIME, General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands. This piece was first published in the Post Courier – 11 Feb 2019.This week the Australian parliament is taking a crucial vote related to the health conditions of the asylum seekers…

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CAPSA calls for the Australian Parliament to pass Urgent Medical Treatment Bill

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA), supported by its advisory group of Catholic service provider representatives, has joined with hundreds of other civil society organisations, and thousands of ordinary citizens nationwide, to pledge support for an important bill that would allow sick people seeking asylum who…

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A Reflection on Australia Day 2019

by Andy Hamilton SJ Australia Day is a good time to think of our beginning and current time as a nation. It all began with the relationship between the English colonists and the Indigenous people. It continues with the relationship between Australian citizens and people who come to Australia…

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Panel Discussion: Advocacy and Service for People Seeking Asylum

This event will bring together a panel to discuss what the broader situation for people seeking asylum and refugees is in Australia, and how Catholic services in Adelaide are practically trying to support their needs.The panel will also address the Catholic community’s imperative to be involved in this…

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Statement on Refugees and Asylum-Seekers from ACBC President Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Our elected representatives have returned home for Christmas without resolving the offshore detention crisis that confronts our country. It would seem that a majority in both houses of our Parliament favour laws and policies that will bring to an end the five-year saga of refugees and asylum-seekers who…

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We want a Christmas without detention

By Andrew Hamilton SJ.In Australia Christmas is all about children. We encourage them to feel special and to wonder at the world that for a day has become their present.  The first Christmas was also a children’s day, when God loved the world so much as to enter…

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Key Members of Parliament Responsible for People Seeking Asylum

There have been significant changes in government positions relating to refugees and people seeking asylum due to the Coalition leadership change. Here is an updated list of key individuals with positions relating to people seeking asylum and refugees. (Updated 24.01.19)Coalition:Scott Morrison, Member for Cook in New South Wales,…

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