From January-March 2018, the Edmund Rice Centre and Pacific Calling Partnership hosted 8 leaders from Kiribati as part of the Australian Government's Australia Awards Fellowship.
Inquiry into the strategic effectiveness and outcomes of Australia’s aid program in the Indo-Pacific and its role in supporting Australia’s regional interests
As a member of the Inter-Congregational Voice on Climate Change, we helped write a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade's Inquiry into the strategic effectiveness and outcomes of Australia’s aid program in the Indo-Pacific and its role in supporting Australia’s regional interests.
There are 1,500 Afghan men, women and children in the community waiting for a decision as to whether they will be granted refugee protection. But the Australian Government is saying it's safe to to send them back.
Our team of researchers have just returned from Afghanistan where they met and interviewed people who had been returned by the Australian Government.
Director of the Edmund Rice Centre and President of the Refugee Council of Australia Phil Glendenning led the research team and he spoke with Frank Kelly on ABC Radio last week:
"People said to us things like 'when I take my children to school I don't know whether they'll be alive at the end of the day.' Put yourself in the shoes of that person. Most of us are in the lucky situation of not having a clue of what war feels like, smells like, tastes like, but that's what it does to people. And for the Government to say 'it's safe to go back' is ludicrous. It's wrong."Read more