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Australian bishops urge action over 600 asylum seekers fearing for their life on Manus

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AMID public protests, vigils and picketing of politician’s offices, the Catholic Church and United Nations are spearheading criticism of the Australian Government over its handling of asylum seekers on Manus Island. The future of about 600 men left on Manus remains in limbo after their refusal to leave the processing centre amid fears for their safety. The PNG Supreme Court ... Read More »

Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan says if US deal falls through, resettling refugees on Manus and Nauru into Australia only ‘credible option’

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IF United States President-elect Donald Trump decides not to honour an agreement to accept refugees from Nauru and Manus Island then they should be settled permanently in Australia, Jesuit theologian and lawyer Fr Frank Brennan says. Fr Brennan made the assertion during a talk he gave in Brisbane on November 29 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Justice in ... Read More »

Queensland couple told toddler Cal can stay in Australia until January

Mackalistair So-On

THE Brisbane guardians of a toddler born on Manus Island have been told he can stay in Australia until at least next January. It’s a temporary reprieve for two-year-old Mackalistair So-On, who was left by his biological mother and father in the care of Karen and Craig Wells during a trip to Brisbane last year. The couple has been fighting ... Read More »

Catholics were reading the leaked Nauru Files in public when the Senate proposed an Inquiry into the document

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CATHOLIC refugee advocates including a Dominican priest who last week delivered public readings of the Nauru Files say a Senate inquiry into the leaked document needs to demand closure of the camps. During a 10-hour reading of more than 2000 reports outside the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Brisbane on September 12, the Upper House passed a motion ... Read More »

Asylum seekers on Manus Island write letters of hope to their former teacher

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REFUGEES in the Manus Island detention facility have written to a former teacher to express their joy after Papua New Guinea officials announced the centre would be closed. Catholic teacher Jacob Rice received “messages of jubilation” from his former students on the island when a Supreme Court ruling declared the immigration detention centre illegal. “I have received messages of jubilation and ... Read More »

Catholic refugee advocates: End immigration detention of children

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REFUGEE advocates have demanded the Federal Government put an end to children ever being held in immigration detention again. The detention of children has been described as a contributor to long-term trauma, a violation of duty of care and morally wrong by refugee advocates. Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission welcomed the April 3 announcement by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to ... Read More »

Manus teacher recalls asylum seekers’ despair

Former Manus Island teacher Jacob Rice

ASYLUM seekers on Manus Island have told one of their former English teachers they would prefer death than their indefinite sentence in detention.  Jacob Rice worked as a fly-in, fly-out maths and English teacher at the Manus Island immigration detention centre for nine months between December last year and August this year. “They tell me that they’re praying for death,” ... Read More »

Pope would be appalled by Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers

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POPE Francis would be appalled at the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said in a TV interview on Monday night. Archbishop Coleridge said in an interview on ABC TV’s Four Corners program that the Holy Father would be “appalled” if he visited Manus Island, where asylum seekers were held under a policy he described as “cruel ... Read More »

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