Palms for peace and justice

The Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees was held in locations all over the country by people wanting a better approach to Australia’s response to asylum seekers and refugees. In Perth, the event began at St George’s Cathedral with speakers, poetry and engaging testimonials. The walk was led by faith groups, holding palms as a symbol of peace, who sang and chanted through the streets of Perth.

A Palm Sunday Walk was also held in Margaret River at Prevelly Beach, well attended by Margaret River Uniting Church. Attendees laid white flowers in the ocean, in remembrance of people who had lost their lives at sea while searching for a safe place to call home.Continue Reading

Compassion for refugees well overdue

Hundreds of people turned out in Perth for the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees on Sunday 29 March. The crowd gathered at St George’s Cathedral in Perth before peacefully marching through the CBD calling for humane policies for asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. The event was organised by the Perth Justice4Refugees network, comprised of more than 20 community groups and churches.

Tim Winton, multi-award winning West Australian author spoke powerful words to the crowd.

“We’re here to call a spade a spade, to declare that what has become political common sense in Australia over the past 15 years is actually nonsense. And not just harmless nonsense; it’s vicious, despicable nonsense.  For something foul is festering in the heart of our community, something shameful and rotten,” he said.

“If current refugee policy is common sense, then I refuse to accept it. I dissent. And many of my countrymen and women dissent alongside me. I don’t pretend to have a geopolitical answer to the worldwide problem of asylum seekers. Fifty million people are currently displaced by war and famine and persecution. I don’t envy those who make the decisions in these matters, those who’ve sought and gained the power to make decisions in this matter. I’m no expert, no politician. But I know when something’s wrong. And what my country is doing is wrong.Continue Reading