Release of families with children a step in the right direction

The Edmund Rice Centre today welcomed the announcement that children and their families would soon be released from immigration detention facilities.

In welcoming the move by the Government, ERC Director Phil Glendenning said, “Detaining children and their families has been a long well-documented cause of serious emotional and mental distress, especially to children and families who have fled from situations of war and persecution.”

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End of freeze welcome, but new Afghanistan position raises concerns for returnee safety

Whilst welcoming Immigration Minister Chris Bowen's lifting of the freeze on processing of Afghan asylum claims, the Edmund Rice Centre today expressed serious concerns about the Minister's statement that he now expects lower numbers of successful claims.

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Patrick Dodson to lead important Australian delegation to Kiribati

The Edmund Rice Centre in conjunction with the Pacific Calling Partnership next week will be taking a delegation of Australian community leaders to Kiribati. The delegation will be led by one of the most senior Indigenous leaders in Australia Patrick Dodson and ERC director Phil Glendenning, and will include representatives from Indigenous communities, the arts, media and education.

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New asylum-seeker policy ensures race to the bottom for election

Edmund Rice Centre director, Phil Glendenning, expressed serious concerns today at both the content and language used by Prime-Minister Julia Gillard in her address this morning on the Government's policy response to asylum-seekers.

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ERC condemns coalition asylum policy

Researchers at the Edmund Rice Centre this evening condemned the asylum seeker policy announced today by the Coalition, rejecting it as a return to the worst strategies of the past, with potential dire consequences.

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