Submission to Human Rights Council - Kiribati Universal Periodic Review

Our international partners the Kiribati Climate Action Network (KiriCAN), Edmund Rice International and Franciscans International, prepared a submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review of Kiribati. 

The Human Rights Council session is taking place in Geneva from 20-31 January 2020. 

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Settlement Experience Research

Click the following link to download the report on Settlement Experience of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees

Settlement Experience of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward

After a pilot community evaluation project in 2017 in which the settlement needs and challenges of newly arrived Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Sydney were evaluated, the Edmund Rice Centre launched the “Syrian and Iraqi Refugee Settlement Experience Research” in 2018. The research investigates the settlement experience of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Sydney, specifically the gap between what is currently provided and what is needed to achieve positive well-being outcomes for refugee settling in Australia.

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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. 

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Submission to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee Inquiry into the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Edmund Rice Centre has made a submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee Inquiry into the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

You can download a copy of the submission here.

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Submission to United Nations Human Rights Committee

ERC assisted our international partners Edmund Rice International and Franciscans International in the preparation of this NGO Alternative Report as part of the United Nations' Human Rights Committee's review of Australia. The Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.

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Submission in response to the "Strengthening the test for Australian Citizenship" discussion paper

This submission addresses the following components of the proposed citizenship changes:

  • The introduction of a formal language test;
  • Increasing the general residence requirement;
  • Changes to the Australian Values Statement; and
  • Changes to the test for Australian citizenship.

The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education (ERC) is of the view that the proposed changes are unnecessary and we have serious concerns about the Federal Government’s motivations for the changes. 

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Australia's Humanitarian Programme 2017-18 - Submission to Department of Immigration and Border Protection

This submission provides recommendations to the following questions:

In the global context, there are large numbers of people in need of resettlement and limited places available in Australia. What should Australia’s priorities be for accepting refugees and humanitarian entrants, including those in protracted situations?

What can the Australian Government do to encourage involvement from the private, educational and community sectors to assist humanitarian entrants to secure stable employment and achieve self-sufficiency?

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Submission to Senate Select Committee on Strengthening Multiculturalism

The Edmund Rice Centre has made a submission to the Senate Select Committee on Strengthening Multiculturalism. Our submission has a particular focus on:

  • The impact of political leadership and media representation on the prevalence of vilification and other forms of exclusion and bigotry on the basis of 'race', colour, national or ethnic origin, culture or religious belief; and
  • How to improve the expected standards of public discourse about matters of 'race', colour, national or ethnic origin, culture or religious belief. 

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The Howard Government’s Neoliberal Project: The Continuation of the Colonial Modernisation Agenda - Nina Evason

This paper from University of Queensland student, Nina Evason, discusses Australian Indigenous Public Policy under the Howard Government from 1996-2007. 

This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in understanding why Australian Indigenous public policy has repeatedly failed to appropriately address Aboriginal disadvantage.

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Which country is best equipped to accomodate refugees - Australia, Nauru or PNG?

Australia is well positioned to accept and accommodate refugees from the processing centres in Nauru and on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG).  However, accomodating such a large number of people in either Nauru or PNG presents insurmountable challenges.  

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