Compassion

A letter from Lisa Collyer to Scott Morrison MP

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Dear Minister I can only assume that you have never been to Cambodia independently nor have been briefed on the nation’s recent history and current issues. I’d like to begin with Prime Minister Hun Sen whom you are currently negotiating with to send 1000 refugees to Cambodia. Here are some facts quoted from the text ‘Cambodia: Report From a Stricken ... Read More »

While Their Own Country Is Torn Apart By War, Syrians Are Giving Aid To Yazidis

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Fleeing approaching Islamic State militants, tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi community in Iraq have found refuge in an unlikely place — war-torn Syria. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said Thursday that at least 15,000 Yazidi refugees are sheltering in Syria’s Kurdish north, after fleeing from Iraq in early August when the Islamic State captured Yazidi towns. Wounded, weak ... Read More »

AFL says ‘help children of Gaza’ ad is too political to run during games

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Adelaide café owner barred from buying three 30-second ads on AFL big screens urging people to donate to World Vision  Jump to comments The AFL has used its name and its big screens during matches to support advertisements calling for an end to homophobia, campaigns criticising racism, and rallies for natural disaster relief donations. But its social causes do not extend to ads to raise ... Read More »

Open letter to ‘psychotic’ Scott Morrison

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Senior correspondent Barry Everingham has penned an open letter to Australia’s unhinged Immigration Minister Scott ‘the Christian’ Morrison. Minister Morrison, I have been active in reporting and commenting on politics in Australia and overseas for almost 60 years and I have seen and heard politicians of all political persuasions state their cases — some articulating them well, others in a style best ... Read More »

Seeking Justice for Asylum Seekers by The Walk For The Silent Many

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Campaign Overview The Walk for the Silent Many – A nine day walk for asylum seekers to end detention in on and off shore facilities. If you could see what I have seen Hi, I’m Anne Hilton and I have just spent the last 12 months working in an immigration detention centre where I witnessed first-hand the terrible pain and ... Read More »

A humbling man, Julian Burnside.

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Julian Burnside walks his talk. In other words, anything he believes in, he does something about. As a QC, he has represented the richest of rich and poorest of poor. He has opened his home to asylum seekers. He commissions classical music. He is an incredible humble and humbling man. James Lush talks with Julian Burnside about his passions. Read More »

U.S. Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel as Gaza Death Toll Tops 700

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GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700. A truce remained elusive despite intensive mediation bids. Palestinians said residents of two southern villages were trapped by tank shelling, ... Read More »

Church serves as shelter for war-hit Palestinians

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Some 400 Palestinians fleeing Israeli raids that have destroyed their neighborhoods have taken shelter in a Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza City. Desperate Gazans escaping from Beit Hanoun and Shejaia, where more than 70 Palestinians – many of them women and children – were killed on July 20, have entered the Church of Saint Porphyrius after Archbishop Alexios opened the door. The church ... Read More »