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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 »

Mojgan’s future still uncertain as Australian immigration law threatens possible return to Iran

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THE future life in Australia for 22-year-old Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor remains “in limbo” despite her release from detention last month. She was awarded a bridging visa and released into the arms of her Australian resident husband Milad Jafari on September 21 after two years in detention centres in Brisbane and Darwin. It is understood that Ms Shamsalipoor was ... Read More »

Parish challenged to show face of mercy for migrants and refugees

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FATHER John Kunnathumadappillil drew on his first experience of encountering a “strange country, strange people and strange means of transport” in helping his congregation reflect on the importance of Migrant and Refugee Sunday recently. “I did not know what to do and I was nearly lost,” Fr Kunnathumadappillil said in his homily at Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. The ... Read More »

Asylum seeker Mojgan released from detention and reunited with husband

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THE Brisbane family of 22-year-old Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor, is today coming to grips with her release from detention. She was awarded a bridging visa and released into the arms of her Australian resident husband, Milad Jafari yesterday after two years in detention centres in Brisbane and Darwin. The young couple immediately visited Milad’s family, and then went for ... Read More »

Azar’s battle to survive: ‘I know that if I am sent back to Afghanistan that it will be the end of my life’

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This is the story of Azar, an Afghani refugee. This is not his real name – he could be deported if his identity is revealed.  AZAR knows that if he is sent home, it will mean certain death. He lives in a suburban house under community detention awaiting an interview by Immigration Department officials, which could determine whether he is allowed to ... Read More »

This Queensland-based community organisation has sent its first “gestures of love” including food to refugees in Nauru

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CHRISTIAN couple Jenny and Michael Geale have made it their mission to feed asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru Island from their home on the Gold Coast. The married couple, who are members of Newlife Uniting Church, are the brains behind community organisation We Care Nauru, which organises food parcels and other goods by ship or air to Nauru. “Some ... Read More »

Immigration Department’s $6 million asylum seeker movie is at odds with Pope Francis’ Good Friday act

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POPE Francis humbly washed the feet of people seeking asylum during Holy Week while a taxpayer-funded film, commissioned by the Federal Government to deter asylum seeking, made a Good Friday debut on Afghanistan’s television screens. The 90-minute $5.97 million film project, titled Journey, dramatises the passage of people from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan as they endeavour to seek asylum in Australia via Indonesia by boat. ... 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 »

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