Compassion and Conscience: Julian Burnside speaks in Shepparton

A packed room awaited Julian Burnside’s address on “Yes to Multiculturalism” at The Carrington in Shepparton on Harmony Day, 22 March 2017. Former Police Prosecutor Gordon Porter addressed the group, as did Mayor Dinny Adem and Monsignor Peter Jeffrey, who spoke on the history of multiculturalism in Shepparton.

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Italian Christians establish safe Mediterranean passageways for refugees

A coalition of Protestant and Catholic organisations has reached an agreement with the Italian government to provide travel and integration services for refugees from North Africa and the Middle East. The government will provide humanitarian visas to ensure the right to take up residence; the visas will not allow passage to other countries in the European Union. Christian agencies will furnish airline tickets to Italy as well as accommodation, assistance with asylum procedures, educational opportunities and Italian language courses. ... Read more...

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For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for refugees and asylum seekers

The Australian Catholic Bishops' 2015 Social Justice Statement on justice for refugees and asylum seekers comes at the right time. The image of the little boy who died in Turkey has stirred effective compassion in Europe for refugees, and has led Australia to increase the number of Syrian refugees it will take. ... Read more...

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Screening: Mary Meets Mohammad

Road to Refuge is a volunteer, not-for-profit organisation that that runs community education events, workshops and other platforms about asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, alongside an interactive web program. Road to Refuge will be visiting schools in the Goulburn Valley during late July, and at the conclusion of the visit, there will be a free screening of the documentary, Mary Meets Mohammad - a story about a refugee in Tasmanian Detention Centre. ... Read more...

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