Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Rally and March
Saturday, Nov 10th, 2018 at 2:30 PM
King George Square, Brisbane CBD
(Originally planned for outside Dutton's Office)
Kids Off. Everyone Off. Close Manus. Close Nauru#
Speakers include:
* Andrea Coe & Paddy McLisky - Doctors for Refugees
* Jessica Walker - Teachers for Refugees And People Seeking Asylum

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Must see film, "The Merger", coming to Dendy Cinemas soon!

In the tradition of The Castle and Ali’s Wedding, one of Australia’s most popular comedians, Damian Callinan adapts his entertaining and topical stage play, The Merger for the big screen!
Bodgy Creek is a struggling town. The drought won’t let up, jobs are scarce after the mill was shut down, and the footy team looks like it will have to merge with anoher club or fold. Living a hermit-like existence on the town’s fringe, former football star turned ‘Town Killer’ Troy Carrington (Damian Callinan), is coaxed into rescuing the team after striking up an unlikely friendship with young Neil (Raffety Grierson) who is struggling with the recent loss of his father.
Teaming up with Neil’s mum Angie (Kate Mulvany, The Great Gatsby) who runs a nearby refugee support centre, they unite to recruit the new arrivals to save the team and take the community on a journey of change. But for some, like Neil’s grandfather and Club President, Bull (fan-favourite, John Howard, SeaChange) and ‘star’ player Carpet Burn (Angus McLaren, Hotel Mumbai), it’s more change than they’re willing to take.
With a winning cast including Penny Cook (A Country Practice), Nick Cody (Please Like Me), Zenia Starr (Hotel Mumbai), Aaron Gocs, Sahil Saluja (Tomorrow, When the War Began), Ben Knight (The Warriors), Stephen Hunter (The Hobbit) and Fayssal Bazzi(Peter Rabbit), The Merger is a hilarious and heart-felt comedy from the team who brought you Backyard Ashes.
RUNNING TIME  103 minutes         COUNTRY OF ORIGIN    Australia

Thursday, 12 July 2018

With empty hands: How the Australian Government is forcing people seeking
asylum into destitution

Refugee Council of Australia

 This report tells the story of over 30,000 people seeking asylum in Australia, and the Australian Government has, in various ways, denied them access to work, study, income and much-needed health services.

Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane
In this document attention is drawn to the growing number of families and individuals facing destitution in our community. The document explains in a straight forward way who refugees and people seeking asylum are and their legal status. It invites parishes to become a sanctuary for refugees and people seeking asylum.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Film and Q&A with Julian Burnside

New film screening with a Q and A from Julian Burnside, Human Rights Barrister 


New Farm Cinema 

July 3rd 7pm. 

Limited seating.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

R4R Meeting  


14 June 

6.30pm for 7.00pm. 

Trinity Uniting Church 
47- 49 Malborough Rd, Wellington Point

There is always a great deal of activity within our group and amongst the many groups supporting refugees and people seeking asylum.  Come along to the June meeting to share your news and hear what is happening.

Come early for a cuppa - Everyone is welcome. 

Monday, 21 May 2018

Community Action Workshop - Springwood

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the Islamic Women's
Association of Australia, AMARAH and Australian Association
of Social Workers - Qld Branch warmly invite all refugee sector
employees, volunteers and community supporters to a
Community Action Workshop to be held on Friday 1 June in
Springwood, Logan.

This workshop will introduce the tools and strategies to have
value-based conversations with family, friends and people of
influence about the issues impacting people seeking asylum.
It will also be a chance to meet like-minded people who may want
to take a collective approach in your area.
The content of the workshop draws on the findings of our groundbreaking
‘Words That Work’ messaging research, which found more
effective ways of communicating about the rights of people seeking

By working together, we can transform the way our community
thinks about people seeking asylum. It's time to get the
conversation towards a shared future on the #RightTrack. We look
forward to seeing you there!

This workshop may qualify as Continuous Professional
Development for attendees.

Date: Friday 1 June

Start time: 10.15am for a 10.30am start

Finish time: 1pm (followed by lunch until 1.30pm)

Islamic Women's Association of Australia, Queensland
11 Watland St
Springwood Qld

RSVP by: 5pm Wednesday 30 May 2018 for catering purposes via
this link:

Email: with any special dietary

Cost: free event

CPD: this event may qualify as CPD for attendees.

For more information, please contact Michelle McDonald
(NB: Lunch will be provided - vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free

options available)

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Martin Luther King's Legacy

A special presentation by Noel Preston
(Free event)

Noel Preston will be giving a special presentation on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King - What is his legacy?  

Monday April 23 at 7pm  
St Matt’s Anglican  Church
Holland Park
cnr Logan Rd and Swain St 

Bookings essential

Sunday, 8 April 2018

The April Meeting is on this Thursday 

12 April 

6.30pm for 7.00pm. 

Trinity Uniting Church 
47- 49 Malborough Rd, Wellington Point

Come early for a cuppa - Everyone is welcome. 

Monday, 26 February 2018

R4R Meeting 
March 8th 2018 
7.00 pm (6.30 cuppa and catch up)
Trinity Uniting Church 
47- 49 Malborough Rd, Wellington Point
All welcome!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Fair go for refugees 
and people seeking asylum
Open Community Forum 
Saturday 17 March 2018
13.30 - 16.30 
Lourdes Hill College

All community members are welcome to attend an 'Open Community Forum: Fair go for refugees and people seeking asylum' event, hosted by Amnesty International, Oxfam Australia, Mums 4 Refugees and Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

When people seek asylum, they, like all of us, need a home where they can live in freedom and safety. If any of us found ourselves vulnerable or in danger, we’d like to know that we could seek help and a safe place.

Successive Federal Governments have chosen to implement policies that deny the rights of people seeking asylum to a fair, transparent, accountable and timely assessment process.

As a result, many people are living in ‘limbo’ in our communities and in detention centres or faced with the threat of being forcibly returned to harm by our Government.

The forum will discuss the current situation of refugees and people seeking asylum, and the role of community members to get on the #RightTrack, in a constructive and solutions-focused way. #RightTrack is a grassroots, community owned and led national movement resourced by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
All community members are welcome to attend. Please bring along a friend or family member who is interested in finding out more.

Speakers and Q&A panellists:
Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM (CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)

Mojgan Shamsalipoor (Young woman seeking safety in Australia)
with Jessica Walker (Convenor of Teachers For Refugees and People Seeking Asylum)

Pemba Amuri (Community Engagement and Organising Manager at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, refugee, Congolese pro-democracy activist)

Sally Dodds (Queensland Convenor of Mums 4 Refugees)

Additional speakers:
Rebecca Buttenshaw (Activism Support Coordinator for Amnesty International)
Emily Dowling (Community Campaigner for Oxfam Australia)

Following the speeches, an open Q&A session will be held for community members to ask the expert panel any questions they may have.

After the forum, refreshments will be available until 5.30pm.

For more information on the event: please email

Event details:

Saturday 17 March 2018

Arrive: 1.30pm for 2.00pm start
Finish: Forum finishes at 4.30pm, followed by refreshments until 5.30pm

Polding Theatre
Lourdes Hill College
86 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne
Walk through Gate 1

Street parking only
Limited onsite parking available for people who use wheelchairs (please RSVP ahead of time to reserve your spot)

Public transport:
Bus stops outside the school

Free event

RSVP by 5.00pm Wednesday 14 March for catering purposes via one of the following:
(Please don't RSVP via Facebook)

Special requirements:
Please advise of any dietary needs or wheelchair parking needs by 5.00pm Wednesday 14 March.

Event hosted by: Amnesty International, Oxfam Australia, Mums 4 Refugees and Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Event endorsed by: Refugee Council of Australia, Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) Network, Refugee and Immigration Legal Service, Romero Centre, Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, Australian Association of Social Workers – Qld Branch, Doctors 4 Refugees, Asylum Circle/Communify, World Wellness Group, Love Makes A Way, Refugee Association of Logan, Unions 4 Refugees, Pax Christi International Peace Movement (Queensland), Buddies, Refugee Connect, Brisbane West Senior Citizens Centre, Refugee Action Collective.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Songs of Hope & Healing ft. Isaiah

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Songs of Hope & Healing ft. Isaiah

Tuesday, March 27 2018

Songs of Hope and Healing is a special benefit concert to raise funds for the Friends of HEAL Foundation (FHEAL), which provides creative arts therapy in schools to young people of refugee backgrounds.

For one night only on Tuesday, 27 March 2018, QPAC's Concert Hall will resonate with the sounds of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Finalist Isaiah, as well as performances from Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber OrchestraTenzin ChoegyalHoang PhamPercussimoThe BoxtiesVoices of BirraleeQueensland Conservatorium BrassQPAC ChoirChildren’s Health Qld Community Choir and FHEAL Community Choir.
Supporting a cause that's close to home – and close to heart – Songs of Hope and Healing promises to be the 'FHEAL-good' family concert of the year.

Contact Lyn Moore if you would like to join the R4R group or simply follow the link below to purchase your own tickets from QPAC.