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Inner West Council to provide free education to children of asylum seekers

By PATRICK MCKENZIE On Tuesday night, Inner West councillors unanimously supported a move to provide free early education to children whose parents are awaiting asylum seeker determination. The motion, moved by Labor councillor Mat Howard, recognises that while their cases are being assessed, asylum seekers are unable to access early childhood government subsidies that many […]

Finding belonging in Newtown through the Asylum Seeker’s Centre

By GEORGIA ROBINSON “When I was jobless, it was hard to provide food even for my daughter. The food services we got from the Asylum Seekers Centre were a big help”, says Bala*. Bala and his family sought asylum in Australia as a result of religious persecution as Hindis in a Muslim-majority country.  However, arriving […]

Riot Police shut down Villawood Detention Centre protest

By ALEC SMART Riot Police were deployed at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Villawood, west of Sydney, on 16 April to quell a rooftop protest by three detainees in the Blaxland compound, which began five days earlier on Easter Saturday. Around 200 Villawood detainees also began a hunger strike on Monday 13 April to demand […]

Refugees left for dead by government

BY ALEX EUGENE The Australian federal government has thrown more than 20 asylum seekers out of government housing and stopped their assistance payments, despite lining up for a place on the UN Human Rights Council. These are just the first of up to 400 people who will be affected by the new policy. The Federal […]

Love Makes a Way into Turnbull’s office

By Lydia Watson-Moore   Police removed Christian protesters from Malcolm Turnbull's Edgecliff office last week, after an eight-hour sit in to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers. The protesters, part of the ‘Love Makes a Way’ movement, were rallying against the immigration detention of children and the Nauru detention centre.The group prayed in […]

Editorial: On refugees, Australia remains the lucky country

By Joe Bourke   The events of the last couple of weeks have well and truly brought the issue of asylum seekers into the spotlight. Last week, an estimated 800 refugees died in the Mediterranean Sea on the way to what they thought would be a better life, and just hours prior The Sun, a Murdoch-run […]

Marickville welcomes refugees

Marrickville Council has discussed the struggles facing refugees and asylum seekers in Australia at their latest Refugee Forum at the Addison Rd Community Centre. Marrickville Mayor Jo Haylen said on June 4 listening to people share their stories at the forum reinforced the importance of the council welcoming those in need. “Marrickville has a proud […]

News in brief

Success for Facebook fundraiser An art auction by a Potts Point-based artist has raised $10,000 for asylum seekers. Bids from the artwork displayed on Facebook came from across Australia, with funds raised benefiting asylum seeker centres in Newtown and Sydney and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne. The artist, Shayne Chester, said he was […]

Students protest asylum seeker relocation

By Xiaoran Shi A group of five protestors blocked off a main road outside Villawood Detention Centre on Tuesday, April 15, temporarily obstructing traffic and stopping two buses transporting 23 asylum seekers to facilities in the Northern Territory. The direct action, organised autonomously by a group of students from the University of Sydney, UNSW and […]

Refugees making a crust

Chantelle Oo is a trainee baker and refugee from Burma, whose life is being changed by a Marrickville-based social enterprise, the Bread and Butter Project. Created by the Bourke Street Bakery, the project is a wholesale artisan bakery suppling food outlets throughout the inner city, while training refugees for future employment. Ms Oo is in […]