Possibility before protest – Chifley Research Centre

by Brad Chilcott As founder and national director of Welcome to Australia my dream is that many thousands of refugees and other migrants arrive safely in Australia every year to be welcomed into a fair, diverse and inclusive society where they will live free from vilification, fear and prejudice.

Kids love ’em. Mums choose ’em! Delicious Onthemoon® brand lollies | First Dog on the Moon

No more green frogs or spearmint leaves? Don’t stress. New Onthemoon lollies are the sweet taste you’ve been craving since 7 September 2013 Source: Kids love ’em. Mums choose ’em! Delicious Onthemoon® brand lollies | First Dog on the Moon | Comment is free | The Guardian

Thousands of homeless children, toddlers are the forgotten on Australia’s streets

by Gerry Georgatos Thousands, tens of thousands of children are forgotten by far too many, by our governments, in this nation, in the world’s 12th largest economy – one of the world’s wealthiest nations. In general, Australians have little idea of how many children under the age of 12 years … Continue reading

Nauru plan to move asylum seeker children to local schools sparks concern

Australia’s immigration department is moving ahead with plans to close the school at the Nauru detention centre, despite no clear child protection framework at local schools outside the centre and concerns that child asylum seekers may be subject to corporal punishment.The closure of the school in Regional Processing Centre 1 … Continue reading

Federal funding cuts in health will have ‘devastating’ impact, say states

State and territories are bracing to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds for public hospitals and preventive health as the new financial year looms.Tuesday marks the expiry date of national partnership agreements (NPAs) on health as well as other funding initiatives such as a 24-hour legal helpline … Continue reading

Time to tell the truth before I’m gagged: Australia’s detention centres ruin lives

    This insider’s account of the devastating treatment of asylum-seekers on Nauru and Manus will be illegal from 1 July under the Border Force Act By Ryan Essex Having worked as a counsellor in immigration detention for several years, for contractor International Health and Medical Services (IHMS), any discussions … Continue reading

Red Cross to pull out of volunteer program, blaming government aid cuts

The Red Cross has been forced to desert its international volunteer program that operates in Asia, the Pacific and Africa, blaming the Abbott government’s drastic cuts to the aid budget.This year’s federal budget saw $11 billion ripped from the aid budget, affecting Australian development projects and aid programs around the … Continue reading