Submission to the inquiry into immigration detention in Australia

The Edmund Rice Centre made a submission to the Federal Parliament's Inquiry into Immigration Detention. The Inquiry which was called in June by Senator Evans, the Minster for Immigration is being conducted by Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Migration. In its submission the Edmund Rice Centre (ERC) argues that mandatory detention should be dropped immediately, presenting evidence of how it is in breach of Australia's legal commitments under the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees.

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From Victims to Changemakers: A Grass-Roots Focus for the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children

In May 2008, the Federal Government announced plans to develop a new National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children, and invited input from community organisations. This submission was prepared by a group of young women coordinating Lilla, a new International Women's Network, initiated by ERC.

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Edmund Rice Centre Welcomes Apology - Now for 10 Year Old Recommendations to be Acted On

The Edmund Rice Centre today welcomed the apology to the Stolen Generations to be made in the Australian Parliament and urged the Rudd Government to also ensure that the recommendations of the 1997 Bringing Them Home Report are implemented. 

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Getting Up Close to Climate Change in Pacific Nations -- Preparation for UN Climate Summit in Bali

As part of the build up to the December UN summit on climate change, to be held in Bali, ten Australians from NSW and Queensland are currently journeying to the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati to learn up close about the implications of global warming for local residents.

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ERC strongly condemns Government ban on African refugees

The Edmund Rice Centre, with a long background in working with people from the Horn of Africa , including refugees from Sudan, strongly rejected the Immigration Minister’s decision to reduce the African intake in Australia’s humanitarian visa program.

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Edmund Rice Centre Mourns David Ervine, Man of Peace

Today the Edmund Rice Centre mourned the death of David Ervine, leader of the Progressive Unionist Party and key figure in the Easter Agreement.

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Labor heeds Pacific Calls on Climate Change

A delegation of Catholic organisations who have taken up the concerns of low-lying Pacific Nations was overwhelmed by the response they received this week from a meeting with the federal Labor Opposition, organised by Shadow Ministers Anthony Albanese and Bob Sercombe. Other Shadow Ministers, MPs and advisers also attended.

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