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Bridging visas for refugees released from Brisbane detention

DOZENS of refugees held in a Kangaroo Point hotel for up to two years have been granted bridging visas and are being released to live in the community. Twenty three Medevac refugees were released yesterday as well as another two refugees held at the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) detention centre. From Kangaroo Point the refugees were taken by bus ... Read More »

Vinnies call for release of refugees detained in Australia

THE St Vincent de Paul Society is calling on the Federal Government to release refugees still in detention in Australia. It has made the call while welcoming the Government’s recent decision to release 58 refugees, previously transferred to Australia for medical treatment. Others are still being detained in a Brisbane hotel and elsewhere in Australia. The St Vincent de Paul ... Read More »

Parramatta bishop says Kangaroo Point situation ‘deplorable’

BISHOP Vincent Long has called for an end to the “deplorable” situation facing refugees and asylum seekers in the heart of Brisbane. Bishop Long, the Parramatta bishop who chairs the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Social Justice, was responding to reports that the health and wellbeing of men detained at a Kangaroo Point hotel continues to deteriorate. Brisbane refugee advocate ... Read More »

Brisbane priest speaks out against government plans to cut ‘lifeline’ for refugees and asylum seekers in detention

A BRISBANE priest has spoken out against plans to remove mobile phones from refugees and asylum seekers in detention. Bracken Ridge parish priest Fr Gerry Hefferan has pleaded for the proposed federal legislation not to be adopted. Fr Hefferan, who was part of an Australian Catholic delegation that visited Port Moresby last November to meet asylum seekers and refugees formerly ... Read More »

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