A coalition of NSW justice and peace organisations today continued their campaign to bring the Tamil family currently being held on Christmas Island back to the Australian mainland. Following a court decision that further delayed a finding on this matter, the organisations called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to bring the family back to a community setting while the court process continues.Read more
We, the organisations that have issued this statement, call on the Australian Federal Government to show compassion
and empathy for Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa – the Tamil family who have been adopted by the community of
Biloela. The children born to this precious family are Australians. They belong here.
Click here to view or to download the media statement.
September 2 2019
On Thursday August 29, Edmund Rice Centre (ERC) launched officially its new research report Settlement Experience of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward at Gilbert + Tobin, a long-term supporter of ERC’s research, advocacy and community development programs. 65 people from diverse backgrounds attended the report launch, including representatives of government departments, local councils, businesses, academics, community organisations, community representatives/leaders, community development practitioners and refugee rights advocates.
"I have attended numerous international meetings on climate change for the better part of a decade and I have never felt as sad, embarrassed, and disillusioned as I did last week in Funafuti, Tuvalu."
Read our Director Phil Glendenning's Opinion piece in the Canberra Times this morning, where he shares his thoughts on the recent Pacific Islands Forum.
A breakdown in Australia-Pacific relations would be a self-made tragedy by Phil Glendenning
Friday 16 August 2019
Despite strong recent statements from a number of Pacific island leaders about the importance of curbing Australia’s coal mining activities, the final Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) 2019 Communique, including the Kainaki II Declaration, is a significantly weakened version than had been hoped for by many.Read more
Monday 12 August 2019
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's expected announcement of a $500 million climate finance package for the Pacific confirms the Australian Government's failure to act on the central component of Pacific leaders’ requests- strong and urgent climate action by Australia.