Buddies Refugee Support Group

SBS News, 21 August

Questions remain after a notice from PNG’s Immigration and Citizenship Authority was reportedly posted on Manus Island, offering the remaining asylum seekers the option to voluntarily relocate to Port Moresby. If accepted, the notice claims the men will “continue to receive services like those currently available to them”, be provided with residential accommodation, health services, vocational training and employment support. “Relocation to Port Moresby is not permanent settlement in PNG. ICA continues to encourage refugees to consider settling in PNG,” the notice on ICA letterhead,reads... more
Sunday 25 August, 11am
Annual General Meeting, USC Sippy Downs
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
11am, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs
All Bulletin readers and friends are welcome to attend, but a reminder that only paid up members are eligible to vote. New would-be members can join at the meeting if they wish, or you can join or renew your membership HERE.  Membership paid since 30 March is current until 30 June 2020.


Non-perishable food and toiletries for the Buddies Food Drive which assists asylum seekers in the community in Brisbane via the Romero Centre. Items such as rice, UHT milk, coffee, shampoo etc gratefully received.
Items requested & drop-off points

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

People should never forget that we didn’t come to PNG by choice, we’ve been exiled to this place. Port Moresby is the same exile as Manus. We face many problems in Moresby that we had to escape at home.

– Behrouz Boochani, award-winning journalist and Manus detainee, on Twitter

End indefinite limbo for refugees in Indonesia! Lift Australia's ban on resettlement!

In November 2014, Scott Morrison announced that asylum seekers registered with UNHCR in Indonesia after July 2014 were no longer eligible for resettlement in Australia. The Indonesian government is now in the process of closing the detention centres, so asylum seekers are left to try to survive without support... SIGN

Fundraiser: Bottles for Buddies

Recycle your drink bottles and cans with Containers for change and also help Buddies’ fundraising efforts (10c per container). You just need to give them Buddies’ ID at the drop off points: C10181760.  Containers accepted are soft drinks, water bottles, small flavoured milk, but not those such as cordial, plain milk, wine or spirit bottles, condiments or cleaning. For full details, including drop off points across the Coast, see Containers for change or Envirobank.

Scholarship opportunity for people seeking asylum

The University of the Sunshine Coast is offering two full-fee plus living assistance scholarships, for courses starting in Semester 1 2020. To be eligible applicants must be on a Bridging Visa, Temporary Protection Visa or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa. Applications open 1 September 2019 and close 30 November 2019.  More details HERE.

WANTED: Old mobile phones with chargers

Penny Rivlin

Phones are needed for new arrivals who have come to Australia under the Medevac regime and need to communicate with home and the outside in general.
If you can help please contact Penny,  0419 666 116. Penny will be at the AGM if there are any folk who want to bring their old phones instead of giving them back to Telstra etc.

Refugees protest in Indonesia over Australia border policy

Straits Times, 20 August

Thousands of refugees protested in Jakarta this week, saying they had been stranded in Indonesia for years because of Australia’s tighter border policies. Demonstrations were held in several cities including the capital Jakarta and Makassar on Sulawesi island where some 600 protesters demonstrated in front of the Australian consulate.They presented a letter to diplomats calling on Canberra to reverse its “inhumane” entry rules for refugees in Indonesia. Many had hoped to resettle in neighbouring Australia. Most of the 14,000 refugees in Indonesia are from Afghanistan, Somalia and Myanmar, often living in detention centres or on the streets... more

Fears for 52 refugees being held incommunicado in Australian detention centre in Port Moresby

Refugee Action Coalition, 21 August

There are growing fears for the welfare of the 52 Manus refugees who have been held in the Bomana detention centre since Monday 12 August. The 52 were taken from their accommodation in Port Moresby in the early hours and nothing has been heard from them since. “We are growing increasingly concerned for their welfare,” said RAC spokesperson Ian Rintoul. “The families of the detained men have not heard from them. They have not contacted anyone. All our attempts to gain information or contact them through PNG Immigration, or the contracted security firm Controlled Outcomes, has come to nothing”... more

‘Frankenstein’ asylum regime turns six

Eureka Street, 18 July

Our offshore calamity has now included multiple Australian governments (four prime ministers and various ministers-in-charge), the governments of PNG and Nauru, the Department of Home Affairs and its prior iterations, the Australian and PNG navies and armies, and various departments of the PNG police force. Perhaps most tellingly, there has also been a high turnover of subcontractors, including multiple non-profit NGOs and multinational corporations, as well as Australian, Nauruan and PNG-based businesses... more

Medevac: AMA speaks out against repeal and urges bipartisan fix

The Guardian, 22 August

The Australian Medical Association has criticised the lack of resourcing for the medevac expert panel and said it must be fixed by bipartisanship on medical transfers from offshore detention. The call came in a submission to the Senate inquiry examining the Coalition’s bill to repeal the legislation, which gives clinicians a greater say in medical transfers. A number of other medical and refugee groups including the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the UNHCR are also urging against any repeal... more

Schindler’s List author compares Australia’s asylum seeker policy to Holocaust lead-up

SBS News, 16 August

Australian author Thomas Keneally has issued a damning assessment of the Australian government’s immigration policy. The man who wrote the book Schindler’s Ark, which inspired hit film Schindler’s List, says the Coalition’s asylum seeker policies echo the lead-up to the Holocaust. Speaking at the Sydney Jewish Museum recently, Keneally delivered a scathing indictment of the Morrison government and a call to arms for better treatment of asylum seekers globally... more

Wollongong doctors lead The Indefinite Sleepout'to end indefinite detention’

Illawarra Mercury, 18 August

A group of Australian doctors, nurses, allied health practitioners, medical students and community members in the Illawarra are taking part in The Indefinite Sleepout – to end indefinite detention. Wollongong doctor Javed Badyari has personally pledged to sleep outside indefinitely or until indefinite detention of refugees ends. For the past 11 nights Dr Badyari has been braving the cold and sleeping outside at Wollongong’s Crown Street Mall joined by fellow practitioners and community members. He said the campaign was a peaceful one aimed at dispelling fears and swaying opinions... more

Photo of three Italian grandmothers with migrant children in their laps goes viral in Italy

Aleteia, 11 August

Three Italian grandmothers – Nicolina, Vincenza, and Maria – surely never imagined they’d become famous on the social networks in their country. Yet today they have, thanks to a simple act of love. The photo, in which each of them is holding an African immigrant child on her lap, was taken in their hometown Campoli del Monte Taburno, near Naples. The town is home to a welcoming center for migrants, and by taking this picture, the elderly women demonstrated that they are in favor of giving a warm welcome to these people who arrive from Africa by crossing the Mediterranean... 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.
Please send contributions for the newsletter to the editor. 


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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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