On October 6, the Australian and PNG Governments came to an agreement that would result in the end of Australia using PNG as an offshore immigration processing centre. Read the full text of the Joint media release between the Hon Karen Andrews MP and the Hon. Westly Nukundj MP – Finalisation of the Regional Resettlement Arrangement here.
While the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG and Solomon Islands welcomes the end of offshore processing in PNG, it expresses serious concerns about the continuing impact of Australia’s shifting of its responsibility to Pacific neighbours and the on-going hardship placed on the refugees in both PNG and Nauru.
Please read the comments from the Church in PNG and e-mail the Minister for Home Affairs, Karen Andrews, who announce the new arrangement. Urge her to stop shifting responsibility to support and resettle the refugees to our Pacific neighbours. Encourage her to bring all the refugees back to Australia so that we can take direct responsibility for the refugees: Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please continue to send a similar message to the Minister for Immigration, Alex Hawke, who was recently promoted to Cabinet. His e-mail address is: Alex.email@example.com
Please continue to pray for our Pacific neighbours and for the refugees. In October, please especially pray the Rosary.
Prime Minister Morrison was urged to support the human rights of the people of West Papua and a United Nations Mission when he joined Pacific leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders retreat on August 6th.
In the wake of the release of 50 men from detention in Brisbane, the Commission has prepared an information sheet to help supporters to provide assistance to people seeking asylum who do not get income or accommodation support from the Government. In particular, we are asking for help to support the ASRA Program with donations and also advocacy with State MPs for continued funding for ASRA.
The Commission has called for Australian Government action to pressure the Indonesian Government to end widespread human rights abuses in West Papua. This follows the arrest of over 50 Papuans attending a Papuan People’s Assembly meeting to evaluate the special autonomy program and funding.
The Archdiocese of Brisbane is a partner organisation in the Queensland Community Alliance. The Leaders Council of the Alliance has endorsed a MaroonPrint which outlines the vision and principles it wants to guide the reconstruction of Queensland after the pandemic.
You are invited to participate in an on-line event to celebrate the launch of the Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year in Oceania. It will take place this Friday, 5 June, World Environment Day, 4:30 – 5:30 PM Brisbane time. Fr Joshtrom Kureethadam from the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development and Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, Archbishop of Suva, will be special guests. See link to flyer below for more details. Please register for this event and we will send you the Zoom link. Once you’ve registered, we’ll send you the Zoom link. Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register. [Please register by COB Thursday, 4 June. Thank you to those who have already registered, you will receive a Zoom link soon.]