The Combined Refugee Action Group is deeply disappointed at the recent High Court judgement that will return many vulnerable people to filthy, fearful, punitive conditions in offshore detention at Nauru. The children and families affected by this judgement have done no wrong and do not deserve to be returned to conditions where they are routinely humiliated and abused.

We welcome recent announcements by churches around the country with respect to the concept and practice of “sanctuary” and stand ready to offer whatever support we can to the clergy and congregations who are prepared to open their hearts and doors to the most vulnerable and persecuted.

CRAG is ready to support the efforts of Geelong clergy who have already opened their doors in an offer of sanctuary for those that need it and we thank them most gratefully. We join with them in their anger that the sad situation of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia makes such an offer necessary.

We are particularly grateful to (Anglican) Bishop Peter Danaher for his work in putting out a statement from Geelong clergy of various denominations in support of sanctuary and we thank Geelong Trades Hall for its pledge of material support.

CRAG invites friends and supporters to join them on Monday, 8th of February between 4pm and 6pm outside St George’s Presbyterian Church (cnr Latrobe tce & Ryrie st). Come and stand in support of those affected by the High Court ruling and many others suffering as a result of the Australian government’s policies on asylum seekers and refugees. We particularly welcome the participation of families and children. All are welcome to bring whatever large signs and placards they can.


For media enquiries: call Lisa Gleeson, CRAG media liaison 0404390137