Catholics In Coalition for Justice and Peace

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#LetThemStay

Posted 31 Aug 2017 10:00AM

In the past 72 hours, 65 people seeking protection in Australia have been told by our Government that they will lose all income support immediately and be forced out of their accommodation within three weeks.

Minister Peter Dutton has begun issuing a new visa known as the 'final departure Bridging E Visa', a move designed to force people back to danger in offshore detention or the countries they have fled from.

The new policy affects more than 410 men, women and children including 37 babies and 90 children who are at immediate risk of destitution, and at risk of returning to unsafe and unhealthy conditions in Nauru.

Last year many groups sent messages and photos to the Government protesting its attempt to send back vulnerable refugees to Manus and Nauru. It worked. They stayed. Now Peter Dutton is trying again with an even more callous attack.

National refugee services, St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army as well as law services and other community groups are among those planning a response, including aid, accommodation and a public campaign.

Australia's Christian churches are offering sanctuary to asylum seekers caught up in the Government welfare crackdown. Describing the tough stance as "cruel and heartless", chair of the refugee taskforce and the Anglican Dean of Brisbane, the Very Reverend Peter Catt, said religious leaders would not stand by and allow the asylum seekers to become destitute.

The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce was established to promote a shared Christian vision of compassion and hospitality for asylum seekers and refugees. Its members include Baptists, Lutherans, Quakers, Anglicans and the Uniting and Catholic churches.                                                              

CCJP stands ready to join these efforts.

For more information and a fact sheet from the Australian Churches Refugee Task Force, click on the following link

http://mailchi.mp/b05e00399eb4/sanctuary-cohort-being-removed-from-financial-support?e=b8e39df79a

 

If you would like to assist you can go to the sector co-ordinated website hosted by Refugee Council of Australia at 
www.refugeecouncil.org.au/take-action/let-them-stay-donate

 

For more information and a fact sheet from the Australian Churches Refugee Task Force, click on the following link