Releasing women, children & vulnerable families

by Caz Coleman, Director, Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project

As many of you will be aware, the Australian Government has decided to expand its existing residence determination program and community detention arrangements. This will enable significant numbers of unattached minors, children and vulnerable family groups to be moved out of immigration detention facilities and into community-based accommodation.  The arrangements, whilst called community detention, will not involve guarding and people will have freedom of movement in the community. Read Full Report

‘Human Rights & the NT Intervention’

Wednesday 1 December, YTU Study Centre
With the Hon Alastair Nicholson AO, former Chief Justice of the Family Court, Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne

The Northern Territory Intervention, introduced in 2007, causes great anger, frustration and despondency amongst the majority of Aboriginal people in the NT. Church and community groups across Australia, too, are concerned as the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination notes that the legislation discriminates on the basis of race as well as “the use of so-called special measures“.
Alastair Nicholson has been at the forefront of fighting to change the legislation to ensure full restoration of the Racial Discrimination Act. At the forum, he will provide more details about this issue, and how all concerned with Aboriginal wellbeing might respond. More information

Entry by donation. Tea & coffee served afterwards.
Yarra Theological Union Study Centre, 34 Bedford Street, Box Hill. Click HERE for directions. T: 03 9890 1077or E:

What now for the ‘boat people’?

by Bruce Duncan

The High Court has challenged the legality of Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, declaring unanimously that the processing of asylum seekers arriving by boat lacked “procedural fairness”. While the implications of this decision on 11 November still need to be clarified, it indicates the two-track system that has been operating will have to be abandoned, and any asylum seekers reaching Australia’s “excised” zones (notably Christmas Island) must now be given the same legal rights as people arriving by air.  Read Full Article

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