Religous and Legal Attitudes on Refugees

Refugees on a boat

The Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria) will host a panel on Religious and Legal Attitudes on Refugees on 17 February in Richmond, Victoria.

Australia has a significant intake of refugees each year. The majority enter through the humanitarian entrants program and a small percentage arrive seeking asylum. These processes have resulted in considerable debate, which has sometimes been associated with negative attitudes within the mainstream community.

Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians has, as part of the first goal,Australian governments, in collaboration with all school sectors, commit to promoting equity and excellence in Australian schooling. This means that all Australian governments and all school sectors must:(inter alia) reduce the effect of other sources of disadvantage, such as disability, homelessness, refugee status and remoteness

In the Biblical tradition of providing hospitality to strangers and expressing in word and deed God’s compassion and love for all who are uprooted and dispossessed, there has been significant contribution of selfless service and consciousness raising activities undertaken by Christians and Jews Australia wide. These activities have markedly contributed to the national debate on asylum seekers and refugees.

The Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria) presents: Religious and Legal Attitudes on Refugees

Guest speakers include Julian Burnside, Rabbi Kim Ettlinger, Sr Brigid Arthur and Sheik Abdinur Weli

When: Sunday February 17th 2013 at 3.00 pm

Where: Edmund Rice Education Australia
Address: 9 The Vaucluse, Richmond ( off Church Street) ample parking (vehicle entry from St Kevin’s Waterford Campus on the Vaucluse opp. St Ignatius Church)

RSVP: You are cordially invited to attend by please advising the CCJ office.
Tel 9817 3848 or email

Refugees on Boat

Source: Council of Christians and Jews Victoria

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons