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Townsville Refugee Advocates meet with Federal MP Cathy O’Toole

On Wednesday 16 November, a delegation from local refugee advocacy organisations met with Cathy O’Toole, the member for the Townsville-based Federal electorate of Herbert. The group was made up of Meg Davis from Townsville Multicultural Support Group (TMSG), Dinithi Dissanayake … Continue reading

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Changing the conversation around Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Last week, Kon Karapanagiotidas presented the 2016 Human Rights lecture at James Cook University on the topic “How to champion human rights from a values based model of action and engagement”. In his address, Kon assured us that all the … Continue reading

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Responding to Reclaim Australia

Several weeks ago it was announced that Pauline Hanson will be the guest speaker at the Reclaim Australia rally to be held in Townsville on Sunday 22 November. This announcement was met with great jubilation by people posting on the … Continue reading

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Towards a compassionate response to refugees and asylum seekers

Refugee Awareness week was recently celebrated at JCU by the SANTE student group. SANTE stands for Supporting All Nations Towards Equality and the group is based in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Highlights of the week included a Q&A … Continue reading

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Australian kids show us the way

Last week I came across a video made by a kidz4kidz.aus, a student group aiming to raise awareness for children in detention centres in Australia. The video features members of the group reading actual statements made by children in Australian-run … Continue reading

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New Parliamentary report “Asylum seekers and refugees: what are the facts?”

How many of you like me watched last Monday’s Australian story “Just call Jamal”. It was good to see another side of Scott Morrison. I am so used to seeing his poker face telling asylum seekers that there is no … Continue reading

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Why I Marched in March

(Photo: Simon Foale) Yesterday thousands of Australians from all round Australia took part in the March in March as a national vote of no-confidence in the policies of the Abbott Government. At the Townsville event there was a fantastic turnout … Continue reading

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