Homestay Working Group

The Homestay Sub-committee is working to develop a national framework for Homestay.  A number of RAR groups operate Homestay programs, along with a separate organization, Home Among the Gum Trees.  We welcome new members to this new sub-committee, and will bring you information about our progress through the RAR Updates. Louise Redmond, Convenor.   For… Continue reading

Research Project – Asylum Seekers and Refugees

I am a Psychology Masters Student at Swinburne University and am conducting research into Refugee and Asylum Seeker mental health. I would really appreciate your help in finding willing participants. The aim of the research is to help mental health professionals gain a greater understanding of beliefs asylum seekers and refugees have about mental health… Continue reading

Refugees Living Beyond Big Cities Face Challenges

Refugees Living Beyond Australia’s Big Cities Face Challenges By Phil Mercer – VOA News – 19 August 2018 Despite a call for more migrants and refugees to be resettled beyond Australia’s big cities, new figures show finding work can be tough. Refugees from a special 2015 humanitarian intake of refugees from Syria and Iraq who moved to… Continue reading

NGOs set deadline to get all refugee children off Nauru

 Human rights groups set deadline to get all refugee children off Nauru.  Coalition of NGOs and charities calls for children to be brought to Australia by 20 November Helen Davidson – The Guardian – 18 August 2018 A coalition of some of Australia’s biggest humanitarian and human rights organisations have given the federal government a… Continue reading

AMA calls for Urgent Action 4 Nauru

18/8/18 – AMA calls for Urgent Action to Ensure Proper Health Care for Asylum Seeker Children on Nauru The AMA Federal Council, meeting in Canberra, this morning unanimously passed three motions calling on the Government to act urgently to guarantee the health and wellbeing of asylum seeker children and their families on Nauru Email or call the… Continue reading

Ashmore Reef Bill passed

Dutton’s Ashmore Reef bill passed as Coalition and Labor accused of asylum seeker ‘cruelty’ Only Adam Bandt, Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan voted against bill aimed at ensuring detention of up to 1,600 people was lawful By Ben Doherty – The Guardian – 16 August 2018 The Coalition and Labor have voted together to retrospectively… Continue reading

Nauru: 12-year-old at imminent risk

Nauru hunger strike: 12-year-old boy at imminent risk of dying Island staff report a looming children’s health crisis ahead of Pacific Islands Forum by Ben Doherty – The Guardian – 16 August 2018 A 12-year-old refugee boy on hunger strike on Nauru for more than a fortnight is at imminent risk of dying, medical staff on the… Continue reading

Senator Anning: White Australia Policy

15/8/18 – Mehreen Faruqi to become first female Muslim senator amid Fraser Anning outrage Senator honours White Australia Policy in first speech and calls for ‘final solution’ on immigration The Age –  by Michael Koziol – 14 August 2018 Queensland senator Fraser Anning has praised the White Australia Policy and called for a plebiscite as “the final solution to… Continue reading

Children on Nauru diagnosed with Resignation Syndrome

Recent Media re Health Issues for Children on Nauru 14/8/18 – ‘Resignation syndrome’ plagues refugee kids – Refugee and asylum seeker children held in immigration detention are increasingly suffering from a rare syndrome associated with lengthy confinement. 13/8/18 – Politicians Call For Refugees To Be Brought To Australia Over Child Mental Health Crisis – Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Greens senator Nick… Continue reading

Australia’s Refugees: US shouldn’t follow.

Australia subjects refugees to a cruel fate. US shouldn’t follow. Editorial, The Boston Globe – 12 August 2018 THE AUSTRALIAN DETENTION CAMPS on the tiny Micronesian islands of Nauru and Manus are, by all accounts, hell on earth. Adult detainees have set themselves on fire, and children as young as 10 have repeatedly attempted suicide. Allegations of sexual assault and child abuse are… Continue reading