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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 […]

Detained refugees risk Covid-19 outbreaks

By JOHN MOYLE There is nothing like a pandemic to make us focus on our very survival but that often comes at the cost of forgetting about those such as refugees and asylum seekers, who have no voices in the community. Since the Federal Government introduced Operation Sovereign Borders in September 2013, any person attempting […]

Mardi Gras pride not for all

By Michael Hitch Rainbow flags, Drag Queens and a false sense of achievement? The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will return in 2019 to celebrate its 41st anniversary, but activists say the event is ignoring the suffering of queer refugees and forgetting its roots in protest in favour of commercialism. The theme next year […]

A Well Founded Fear Special Screening

A decade ago filmmakers followed Phil Glendenning as he tracked down people who were deported by the Australian Government after their claims for protection were rejected. A Well Founded Fear is the story of Phil’s search. This week the Edmund Rice Centre will host a special screening of this poignant film in the hopes of […]

Not a lunatic asylum plan

BY GEORGIA CLARK More than a year after the State Government pushed back bids to have the Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park transformed into short-term accommodation. The newly-elected mayor of the Inner West Council, Darcy Byrne, has renewed calls to convert the State Government heritage site into temporary accommodation for newly-arrived refugees. The move […]

Australian Homestay Network

Meet the locals – Australian Homestay Network BY JADE MORELLINI Australian Homestay Network (AHN) was founded in 2007 to provide international students with a higher quality of living, offering them a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment to begin their time in Australia. Homestay is more than a place to sleep and eat. It allows students […]

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 […]

Refugees hung out to dry at Archibald Prize

BY SORAYA PEREZ MOHAMMED   An Iranian artist currently seeking asylum in Sydney has had her work exhibited in the Art Gallery of NSW last Friday, to challenge to the political discourse about people seeking asylum.   Atefeh Hekmat was the lead artist on the Archibald Prize entry- a collaboration with 27 other refugees to […]

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 […]