Twenty one people benefited from the newly introduced Tamil Community Legal Empowerment Course

The Edmund Rice Centre is committed to remove barriers for our communities and deliver accessible programs. On 31 Oct 2023, we commenced a highly successful program for our Tamil Community in Toongabbie NSW. The program was conducted with Tamil interpretation in order to make it linguistically accessible for those who have language barrier. 21 people benefited from the session. The following topics were covered about Australia's Legal System in this session: 

  1. The separation of powers between the three arms of government
  2. Referendum as the mechanism to amend the constitution
  3. Constitutional law versus statutory law
  4. Federal law versus State and Territory law
  5. The hierarchy of courts in Australia
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Edmund Rice Centre will continue to walk towards justice alongside our First Nations brothers and sisters

Since First Nations leaders called for a post-Referendum week of silence on 15 October, we, along with many like-minded organisations and individuals around Australia, have heeded this call and felt the pain and disappointment of our Indigenous brothers and sisters who fought so hard for a Yes outcome. As we emerge from this week of reflection and lamentation we have a responsibility to stand in solidarity with, and support, them.

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REGISTER NOW for the Legal Empowerment Course for Tamil Community

The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education and DLA Piper are organizing a Legal Empowerment Course for refugees, people seeking asylum and migrants. The purpose of the course is to empower multicultural communities in NSW by increasing their core legal knowledge and associated skills.

Learn about:
✅Australia's Legal and Government System🇦🇺
✅Employment and Your Rights
✅Police and Your Rights
✅Domestic Violence and AVO
Date: 31 Oct, 7, 14 and 21 Nov
Time: 6-8PM
Address: 3 Junia Ave, Toongabbie NSW 2146
👉🏻The sessions will be delivered in English with Tamil interpretation.
👉🏻Complete the course and get a certificate.
👉🏻Dinner will be served.


Dear Supporters of the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education

Considering recent events in Israel and Gaza, we express our deep solidarity and compassion for all victims of this conflict - both Israelis and Palestinians. We also call on an immediate stop to the siege on Gaza by the Israeli government to allow humanitarian aid to innocent Palestinian people, as well as the unconditional, immediate release of the hostages held by Hamas.

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After 12 years in fear of being returned to danger Zaki has permanent protection in Australia

Zaki Haidari, our former Refguee Volunteer and prominent refugee advocate has received his permanent protection status in Australia - affording him the protections Australia provides as a signatory to the Refugee Convention (1951) and other international instruments.

However, the journey is not over for many thousands of people who remain in limbo in Australia without a pathway to permanent settlement . The Edmund Rice Centre is committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with refugees and people seeking asylum in their ongoing struggles for dignity and safety.

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