The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce has been established to promote a shared Christian vision of compassion and hospitality for asylum seekers and refugees. The churches and their agencies work together to advocate for just and humane policies.
Alaghun (not his real name) has been locked up, without charge, in Australian detention centres for:
1809 days 11 hours 5 minutes 51 seconds.
That’s over five years in captivity. Read his story, and find out what YOU can do to allow him a fair shake of the sauce bottle.
Welcome to the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce
Drawing on core Christian values and traditions, the Taskforce is committed to offering a strong Christian moral voice into what has become a heated and hostile public debate fuelled by divisive political rhetoric and constantly changing policies. Read the full story, Why Churches Care About Asylum Seekers.
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Many parishioners have expressed interest in volunteering to support asylum seekers and refugees in the community. Simultaneously, the demand for such services by asylum seekers – especially English language support – has increased exponentially. Find out how you can get involved!
UnitingJustice has just published a new resource for Refugee Week 2014, ‘Restoring Hope’. Read it here.
The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce’s Pre-Budget Policy Submission advocates for an urgent and comprehensive review of all spending related to asylum seekers and an end to the needless waste of offshore detention and work rights for asylum seekers.
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Members of the Taskforce
Young university students with Misha Coleman. They are Tamils in a refugee camp in India, and they are fantastic.
Hazaran asylum seeker spreading joy to Melbourne residents on Black Harmony Day.
Staff at OfERR in Chennai, India, explaining their work to Taskforce EO. Part of their work is warning asylum seekers about people smuggling.
Taskforce Patron Bishop Phillip Huggins and EO Misha Coleman with Hazaran asylum seekers after Taskforce members gave evidence at the Senate hearings on proposed changes to the Complementary Protection Visa legislation.