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Biloela battles for Sri Lankan family taken from their home to detention

Biloela protest

RESIDENTS of the Central Queensland town of Biloela have ramped up a campaign demanding the return of a local asylum-seeker family seized by Australian Border Force officials and placed in a Melbourne detention centre. In a dawn operation on March 5, Tamils Nadesalingam and Priya and their two Australian-born daughters were taken from their home. The couple were put into ... Read More »

Vinnies tutoring program helps refugees embrace new life in Australia

VoRTCS tutors and refugee student Salim

A GROUP of complete strangers from Brisbane have become the lifeline for a refugee family of seven who escaped their war-ravaged country three years ago. Fifteen-year-old Salim, his mother and five siblings left their home country of Somalia, which has been marred by an ongoing civil war, and arrived in Australia as refugees in what Salim said was a search ... Read More »

Immigration decision sparks outpouring from hundreds of supporters for Iranian asylum seeker

Mojgan Shamsalipoor with husband Milad Jafari

IRANIAN asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a further six-month bridging visa allowing her to stay in Australia – but there’s a hitch. Immigration officials have set a new condition on Brisbane-based Ms Shamsalipoor in her long-running battle to avoid deportation – she is not allowed to study. The decision has sparked a bittersweet social media outpouring from hundreds ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholic teacher dedicates first song to refugees

refugee song

PRIMARY teacher Patricia Crilly can only guess how many refugees have stared into the Southern Cross on their journey to Australia. The Year 4 teacher and school choir co-ordinator at St Luke’s Catholic Parish School, Capalaba, is a refugee advocate who has tried to understand the terrifying journey refugees have made while fleeing their homes. Mrs Crillly (pictured) said she ... Read More »

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

manus island protesters

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 »

Mojgan Shamsalipoor shares struggle to remain in Australia with Brisbane students as part of book tour

Mojgan Shamsalipoor with Mt Alvernia College students

IRANIAN woman Mojgan Shamsalipoor has started a tour of schools across Queensland explaining to students and teachers the plight of refugees and asylum seekers held in detention. The 24-year-old remains on a temporary bridging visa, and still faces deportation or detention by the end of the year. As she awaits an Immigration Department decision about her future, Ms Shamsalipoor has ... Read More »

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