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Five years of suffering and abuse – Australia does not have the solution

Today marks five years since the Australian government started sending everyone coming by boat to seek asylum to languish in offshore detention centres in the Pacific, never to be resettled in Australia. In those five years, 12 people have died, families have been torn apart, and over 3,000 children and adults have endured enormous mental and physical harm.
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Refugee Council Warns Government Cuts To Support Services For Asylum Seekers Could Push People Into Destitution

Refugee Council warns government cuts to support services for asylum seekers could push people into destitution

Today, the Department of Home Affairs will begin a staggered exit of around 1500 people seeking asylum from the lifesaving Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS). The news comes despite warnings that these cuts could result in thousands of vulnerable people being pushed into destitution and homelessness.
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New UN refugee statistics should spur Australia to constructive action in Asia

Reflecting on new United Nations statistics which show that the global number of people who are now refugees is at a 70-year high, Australians and their government should not allow themselves to be overwhelmed by grim statistics but should redouble efforts to seek practical answers.
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NGO leaders and community groups gathering in Canberra on June 18th to protest looming humanitarian crisis in our communities

For immediate release – 14 June 2018 MEDIA RELEASE NGO leaders and community groups gathering in Canberra on June 18th to protest looming humanitarian crisis in our communities Leaders from ten national NGOs, along with a delegation of people seeking asylum and community members, will gather at Parliament House on Monday June 18th to implore the Australian Government to stop cuts that will lead…

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Budget 2018-19 confirms reduction in support for people seeking asylum

At a time of urgent need for refugees here and overseas, the Australian Government's Budget does nothing to address their needs and keeps spending instead on punishing them for needing our protection
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New initiative aims to foster Australian community spirit in welcoming refugees

Thursday 19th April 2018    Launched today, the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) is calling on government to create a system that allows the generosity of ordinary Australians to flourish, welcoming refugees into our communities. CRSI is a joint project of the Refugee Council of Australia, Amnesty International Australia, Save the Children Australia, Welcome to Australia, Rural Australians for Refugees and the Australian Churches…

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Refugee Alternatives: ‘Finding solutions to the challenge of global displacement’

Refugees, asylum seekers, organisations, institutions, refugee communities, academics, advocates and experts are coming from across the state, the country and the world for the 2018 Refugee Alternatives conference to be held for the first time ever in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 13-14 February Refugee Alternatives: improving practice, policy and public 2018 will focus on solutions to the global challenge of displacement that sees more than 22.5 million…

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Humanitarian Crisis Looms As Government Collapses Lifesaving Support Services For People Seeking Asylum

Humanitarian crisis looms as Government collapses lifesaving support services for people seeking asylum

Around 12,000 people seeking asylum living in Australia are at risk of losing lifesaving services due to Government changes. Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) are a base line support safety net that often is not enough to make ends meet, but keeps people from complete destitution.
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