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Stand Up for Human Rights

Sunday 10 December marked the 69th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948. As the declaration enters its 70th year, the United Nations has started a year long campaign to remind the global community of the need to #StandUp4HumanRights. The…

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With remembrance goes compassion: Manus

By Andrew Hamilton SJ.  Article originally published on Eureka Street, 25 November 2017. In ‘Epic’, Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh mused on the relative importance of world and local contemporaneous events — Chamberlain’s meeting with Hitler in Munich and a bitter local dispute about a patch of land.‘I have lived…

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Shifting the conversation: equipping students with skills to talk to peers

The CAPSA training day was a great learning experience. Samuel engaged with the groups and provided useful ideas, arguments and techniques in facilitating a conversation and awareness on the issue of people seeking asylum. I personally definitely took a lot out of the experience in terms of new…

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World Refugee Day

20 June 2017By Fr Andy Hamilton SJWorld refugee day is a time to look outside our own world and to notice people whom persecution and war force to leave their nations. It invites us to consider our own good fortune as we see the misery of people who…

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Adele’s Reflection

Continuing the term 1 focus of awareness of refugees, the Social Justice and Environment Group at Catholic Ladies College, Eltham in Melbourne organised a Refugee Awareness Week. Throughout the week, there were many activities held to raise awareness among the college community. On the Wednesday, students had the…

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Braving the rain at Melbourne’s Palm Sunday Walk

19th April 2017By Fr Andy Hamilton SJThe Palm Sunday walk for refugees in Melbourne was held under threat of storms and a deluge. It was good weather for solidarity with people who came to seek our protection only to suffer so much at our hands.The Catholic contingent gathered…

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We need strong families in Australia. We need a #FairGoForFamilies.

By Fr Andy Hamilton SJWe imagine refugees and people seeking asylum as single people. They are individuals who came on boats or arrive by plane.  That image is partly true. People whose life and safety are threatened are often forced to flee alone. But they also leave behind…

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My letter to our Prime Minister

23rd March 2017Mr. Malcom Turnbull, MP.Canberra Dear Mr. Turnbull,I turn to you, believing you to be not devoid of compassion and intelligence and integrity.  I understand the logic of wishing to avoid a flood of uninvited emigrants to our shores. Given current world conditions, there is a real fear…

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