Buddies Refugee Support Group

The Guardian, 30 August

The family left Melbourne airport for Sri Lanka on a non-commercial flight about 11pm yesteray But the plane landed in Darwin about 3am this morning and Priya, her husband, Nadesalingam, and their two Australian-born daughters were taken to accommodation. Priya’s arm had been injured after she was forcibly taken on to the plane in Melbourne. 
     Video footage posted on Twitter by a supporter appeared to show the family being escorted from the plane and leaving in a white van.
     Lawyers secured an interim injunction in the federal circuit court in Melbourne yesterday blocking the family’s removal. The orders made by Judge Heather Riley prevent the family being removed until noon today. The order states that an application be listed for hearing at 10am this morning... more  
Follow further developments at #hometobilo
Friday 30 August, 4.30pm
Protest for Jamal, Brisbane
Friday 6 September, 6.30pm
Public meeting: Living in limbo, Brisbane
Saturday 7 September, 2-4pm
Learn English Holiday briefing meeting, Buderim
Friday 13 September – 8 November, 9am
Migrants Work Ready training, Maroochydore
Saturday 21 September, 10am–6pm
Festuri annual multicultural festival, Maroochydore
Sunday 22 September
Sausage Sizzle, Noosaville
Monday 23 – Friday 27 September
Learn English Holiday, Buderim
Saturday 26 October–Saturday 2 November
National Unity Week

Protest to show solidarity with Jamal – evacuate Manus And Nauru Now!

4:30pm, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Herston
Jamal is one of Australia's political prisoners stuck indefinitely on Nauru. On Friday he set himself alight in protest at his detention. He is now in intensive care at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital. Please join us to show solidarity with Jamal and all of the people in Australia's network of concentration camps… more

Public meeting: Living in limbo: Life for refugees and asylum seekers in the Australian community

Refugee Action Collective Queensland

6:30pm, 2nd Floor, TLC Building, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane.
Tea, coffee and light snacks available. Speakers include: Anne Hilton, Asylum Circle Project, and  
Theo Carney, law student and refugee law volunteer... more

Briefing for the September LEH program

2–4pm, Immanuel Lutheran College, 125 Wises Rd, Buderim
For more details please email

Migrants Work Ready training

9am–12 noon, Solbar, Ocean St Maroochydore 
In partnership with Sunshine Coast Council and other partners, this is a great opportunity for migrants who are ready for work to get extra training to understand the Australian workplace and to network with people who can help get a 'foot in the door'. See the attached flyer for more info and register on the address provided if interested.


10am–6pm, Cotton Tree Park, Maroochydore 
SCRAN will have a stall at Festuri with information about Buddies, W2M etc, petitions and an activity. We aim to have 3 or more at a time manning the stall from 9am to 5pm in approx 2 hour shifts. If you would like to volunteer, even if you can only spare half an hour, please email SCRAN

Bunnings sausage sizzle fundraiser

7.30am–4.30pm, Bunnings Noosaville 
A fun way to meet other Buddies, and possibly spread the word about refugee support whilst hopefully raising lots of money towards Buddies’ work. If you can spare a couple of hours to help, please email Penny Rivlin or Lesley Willcoxson. There will be another sizzle on Wednesday 4 December if you can't make it to this one!

September Learn English Holiday program

Immanuel Lutheran College, 125 Wises Rd, Buderim
If you’re interested in participating this year as a homestay host, volunteer driver or in any other volunteer position, please email

18yrs ago. Tampa. The bipartisan cruelty to refugees and asylum seekers began. Growing ever more toxic, inhumane, and divisive – always racist, always illegal.
Now two kids born here are being deported by the Govt in the middle of the night on a secret charter flight.

– Jenny Leong, NSW Greens MP, on Twitter

DESPERATELY SEEKING… homestay hosts, classroom volunteers!

September 22-27 Learn English Holiday program: 57 refugees from 11 different countries would like to take part, but will we have enough homestay hosts and classroom volunteers? Hosting or helping in the classroom is likely to be one of the really rewarding experiences of your life! If you'd like to open your home for a week to one or more of our refugee guests, please contact Tayla Bostock. If you'd like to help in the classroom, contact Lesley Willcoxson.

Petition: Keep Families Together


We currently have an unfair system that makes refugee families wait for years on end to reunite. Sometimes they are separated for years. Sometimes they never see their mothers, fathers, brothers or sisters again. Our Government expects these Australians to pay as much as $47,000 to reunite with one family member. And the waiting period can be up to 30 years. Call on the Government to cut the red tape and keep #familiestogether… SIGN


At Sunday's AGM four members were elected to the Board for 2019-2020. They are (pictured from left): Lynne Johnson, Paul McKinlay, Len Mangan and Mo DarbasJames Fowler remains as Treasurer and Andrea Douglas remains as Secretary.
Minutes of the meeting can be read HEREA copy of the Annual Report 2018-2019 can be downloaded HERE.

Share your thoughts about refugees

Refugee Council of Australia

RCOA is interested in your thoughts, ideas and stories about issues relating to refugees, people seeking asylum, immigration policy and community stories. They accept fiction, non-fiction, interviews, poetry, photography, illustrations or any other body of original content. Successful submissions will be featured on their website and social media channels. To submit your work, please email

The Bulletin takes a break!

There will be no Bulletin next week. The next edition will be on Friday 13 September.

Forty-four transferred from Manus, but refugee relocation is no solution

RAC Sydney, 28 August

Forty-four refugees were transferred from Manus Island to Port Moresby on Wednesday. The refugees are being transferred for medical treatment and other to ‘progress their US resettlement applications’. But there are suspicions that today’s relocations are part of a wider plan to “end Manus detention arrangements” by transferring all remaining refugees and asylum seekers to Port Moresby. Enquiries by refugees revealed that there were no details of actual accommodation, services or allowance that would be provided in Port Moresby...  more

Asylum seeker reportedly in intensive care in Brisbane

SBS News, 26 August

A Pakistani asylum seeker is in intensive care in Brisbane after setting himself on fire on Nauru. The 36-year-old man, known as Jamal, is understood to have self-immolated inside his room in the Ewa camp while speaking with a mental health doctor on Friday. Refugee advocates say this latest case of self-immolation proves there is a mental health crisis for all those in offshore detention. Jamal is now receiving treatment at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital after being flown by air ambulance to Australia... more

Qantas shareholders renew push for airline to refuse involvement in deportations

The Guardian, 26 August

Qantas is under renewed pressure over the forced deportation of asylum seekers, with US–based asset manager Mercy Investment Services joining a proposed shareholder resolution calling on the airline to review its policy. The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Mercy will co–file a motion urging the airline to examine its involvement in deportations. The organisations want Qantas to justify how deportations square with its commitment to UN guiding principles of business and human rights... more

Coalition has lost control of borders, with 80,000 asylum arrivals by plane, Labor says

The Guardian, 23 August

Labor is claiming that Peter Dutton has lost control of Australia’s borders, saying that 80,000 people have arrived by plane to claim asylum since 2014. The new line of attack against the Morrison government – spearheaded by the home affairs spokeswoman, Kristina Keneally – comes as the ALP prepares to examine unlawful migration to Australia and senator Kim Carr indicates Labor will oppose a Coalition bill that would prevent asylum seekers who arrived by boat ever settling in Australia... more

"Not welcome" in Australia

The Guardian, 20 June

New Zealand gave a home, and hope, to Abbas Nazari, a first-class honours graduate from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, who was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study in New York. Nazari was stranded on a ship in the Indian ocean when he first heard the words “New Zealand”. Then aged 7, Nazari’s mother, father and four siblings were among 433 asylum seekers, predominantly of the ethnic minority Hazaras of Afghanistan, plucked from a sinking fishing boat by the Norwegian cargo ship, the Tampa... more

Remembering the Tampa affair, 18 years on

The Courier, 28 August

The story of the Tampa is one of courage and pride for one country – and international shame for another. In August 2001 the Norwegian ship Tampa responded to a distress call and rescued more than 430 people from a sinking Indonesian fishing boat. The obligation to render assistance to vessels in distress is codified in international maritime law and applies without regard to nationality or circumstances. But Australia’s Immigration Department forbade Tampa to enter Australian territorial waters and refused to allow the rescued people to disembark on Christmas Island... more

PNG senior priest says country’s ‘humanitarian crisis’ is intensifying

Catholic Leader, 23 August

The general secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG and Solomon Islands, Father Giorgio Licini, has turned to Australia seeking compassion for refugees and asylum seekers languishing in the nation’s off-shore detention system. He has been in Australia in recent weeks pressing the case for an end to what he calls “a humanitarian crisis”. “We don’t necessarily question the policies of government in terms of border protection… but in this specific case I would say, see now the humanitarian crisis. Look at it from that point of view and solve it from that point of view,” Father Licini said... more
Thank you to Tayla Bostock, Andrea Douglas, Gillian Duffy, Scott Grimmett, Penny Rivlin, Lesley Willcoxson and Diana Woolley for their contributions to this edition.
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FACEBOOK: Anneliese Broadaway
The Buddies Refugee Support Group is a Sunshine Coast group which advocates for just and compassionate treatment of refugees, consistent with the human rights standards which Australia has developed and endorsed.
   We support policies towards refugees and asylum seekers that reflect respect, decency and traditional Australian generosity to those in need, while advancing Australia’s international standing and national interests.
   We are an independent community group and meet on the 4th Sunday of each month at 11am, University of the Sunshine Coast, Building E, Ground Floor Room 14.
Confidentiality  Your email address is completely confidential.
To contribute to Buddies   Buddies’ fundraising contributes to refugee and asylum seeker support. You can direct debit to:
Suncorp Bank, BSB 484-799     
Account No: 123508960    
Account name: Buddies Refugee Support Group Ltd 
Or you can contribute to ‘The Box’ at our meetings and events. Your donations are much appreciated by those we help.

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