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Home placement scheme for asylum seekers compassionate and cheaper way to care for refugees: Greens

The Gillard government’s offer of payments to Australians who want to house asylum seekers is a compassionate move that will improve the mental health of fragile people and save taxpayers money, the Greens said today. “The Greens are pleased the Immigration Department sees the sense of a home placement scheme, which is a better use of public money than keeping asylum seekers detained indefinitely while their protection claims are assessed,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “Various forms of…

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2012 World Refugee Day Rally: 12 noon Sunday 17 June, starting State Parliament House

20 years too long! End Mandatory Detention Sunday 17 June, 12 noon Gather State Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne CBD Speakers then march to join the EMERGE Festival in Fitzroy Bring your banners, signs and messages Download the poster by clicking here! Speakers: Aunty Diane Kerr, traditional owner Jessie Taylor, Human rights lawyer Godrey Yoganathan, Tamil refugee Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens senator John Gulzari, Hazara refugee Yustin Papuana Motte, West Papuan refugee Louise Connor, state secretary, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance…

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Help host asylum seekers through Homestay

The Government’s decision to issue asylum seekers with bridging visas to live in the community while their claims are being assessed is a reform we’ve waited a long time to see. The community sector is working hard to make these new arrangements a success. If you have a spare room in your house, here’s your chance to help. Anyone willing to host an asylum seeker in their home for a six-week period can now register with the Australian Homestay Network…

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