Border Force working to stop Malaysians in ‘orchestrated scam’ to stay in Australia

Malaysian passportBorder officials are refusing entry to 20 Malaysians at Australian airports every week, to address what has been dubbed an “orchestrated scam” to gain access to the country. Malaysians can visit Australia once they have applied for a tourist visa online. Once in Australia, thousands are applying for protection visas, allowing them to stay and work during the application and appeal process.

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Global refugee numbers hit 70 million

< truck surrounded by peopleThe number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict has soared above 70 million, the highest level ever recorded, according to the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR. Data from UNHCR’s annual ‘Global Trends’ report shows that almost 70.8 million people are now forcibly displaced. This is double the level of 20 years ago, 2.3 million more than a year ago, and is about as many people as there are in Thailand or Turkey.

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Soccer Truly is a World Game

Mansfield Soccer FriendlyarrivalOn Sunday, 16th of June, in glorious sunshine – Mansfield Soccer Club joined with Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR), the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and the Shepparton English Language Centre (SELC) to enjoy a first combined fun & friendly day of soccer, lovely food and an abundant afternoon tea!

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Marita Taverner Speaks on World Refugee Day, June 2019

Marita TavernerI have been asked to speak about my experience with refugees, as a Christian. It is my Christian faith which motivates me to work with refugees, and those less fortunate than myself. I am a part of this Catholic Parish of St. Brendan’s, Shepparton.

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Back your neighbour

Back your neighbourThe government is withdrawing support services for people living in our communities who have fled war and persecution, including financial support and trauma counselling from victims of torture. Back your neighbour asks you to sign a petition for them, for when we back our neighbours, they give back.

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Cultural Diversity in the Law

Honourable Peter Kidd SC of County Court VictoriaOn the 13th of May, 2019, Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria, the Honourable Peter Kidd SC gave a speech at the Australian Intercultural Society to address the topic of “Cultural DIversity and the Law”. He began by discussing his time as a prosecutor for war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the courts had representation from a vast number of ethnic and religious backgrounds.

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Visit to Shepparton Law Courts

Shepparton Law CourtsStudents from Shepparton English Language Centre visited the new Shepparton Law Courts on Tuesday, 4 June. Students at the Language Centre are all from overseas – new settlements and refugees. A court visit is important, for in some middle-eastern cultures, to be seen at court is culturally a matter of shame. So the visit enabled all the students to feel at ease and learn about the Law Courts of Shepparton.

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FECCA Staff visit Shepparton

Staff of Ethnic Council with FECCA OfficersBoard and Staff of The Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District assembled to meet and hear from staff of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA) – who were in Shepparton for two days to hear from community leaders and members and staff of Ethnic Council on issues of concern. On Friday 7 June, the FECCA representatives met with Ethnic Council staff and Board members.

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Racism and Health

Not Racist series logo In 2017, the Victorian Government released a report on the impact of racism on the health of people who live in the state. The study – which included interviews with more than 33,000 Victorians – confirmed what many studies around the world had already concluded: racism is literally bad for your health. The Wheeler Centre will hold a conversation on evening of June 13.

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