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Hanson-Young among thousands rallying around Australia this weekend* urging fairer go for refugees

Australians will attend rallies across the country today and tomorrow for World Refugee Day (officially June 20) in support of a fairer go for refugees. “The Australian Greens are working to put time limits on detention into legislation, because we know the current system is causing easily preventable mental and physical damage to already fragile people,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “We’ve legislation before parliament which sets time limits – as recommended by the recent parliamentary inquiry into…

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Summary of 2012-13 Federal Budget measures affecting refugees

KEY POINTS The Refugee and Humanitarian Program will remain static at 13,750 places The Government will be seeking the community’s views on the feasibility of introducing a private sponsorship pilot program to enhance the humanitarian program. Government funding for refugee and migrant settlement services will total $334.4 million, an increase of just 1.4%. There will be a decrease in funding for the Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) program, primarily as a result of capping the maximum level of humanitarian settlement services to…

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Petition to protest the indefinite detention of Ranjini and her children

Ranjini and her two children aged 6 and 8 have been taken by the Australian government and placed in ‘indefinite detention’, without charge, without trial, without appeal. Please find the link to the GetUp! petition which will be delivered to Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen demanding to ensure no person in Australia should be held indefinetely without charge, trial or appeal. We urge all our members to sign this appeal and pass it on to family and…

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Global campaign to end child detention wants 428 video messages from Australian youth

May 2012 marks the twelfth month of detention for one of the 428 children currently in Australian facilities. In May, Australia also becomes the first in a series of countries being highlighted by the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children. This campaign was launched on 21st March 2012 at the UN Human Rights Council. Australian campaign members will use the month of May to push for an end to Australia’s policy of indefinitely detaining all children and families before…

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BREAKING: New Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews just told ABC Radio she expects to be briefed on our Biloela family tomorrow morning. Your respectful e-mails have never been more important.Please tap bit.ly/EmailKarenAndrews and tell Ms Andrews, in your own, polite words, why she must use her new power to bring Priya, Nades and the girls home to Biloela now.Did you know that it's almost two years since the Department of Home Affairs recommended the Minister consider granting visas that would allow Priya, Nades and the girls to leave detention and live freely in the community? Tap bit.ly/BiloelaFacts for more facts on our Biloela family. ...
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Indi RAR contingent which included people from local groups in Manfield, Benalla, Wangaratta, Yackandandah and region for Palm Sunday #justice4refugees #gameover ...
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