29 March 2022

GUARDIAN: Federal budget to fund 16,500 more places for Afghan refugees over four years after pressure on Coalition

The Morrison government has finally bowed to pressure to offer Afghan nationals fleeing the Taliban extra humanitarian places on top of the existing global intake. The government’s previous offers to help Afghan nationals have been within the overall humanitarian program, which is capped at 13,750 a year. That stance attracted criticism from refugee advocates and religious groups […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: Christian leaders welcome lift in Afghan refugee intake

Christian leaders welcome the Australian Government’s commitment in the 2022 Federal Budget to take in an additional 16,500 refugees from Afghanistan. A movement of tens of thousands of Australian Christians supported by the heads of every mainline denomination, brought together by Micah Australia, has consistently joined Australia’s Afghan diaspora, veterans and the refugee sector, in […]

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25 March 2022


40 bishops of the Anglican Church of Australia have co-signed a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling on the federal government to create a special intake of 20,000 additional places for Afghan refugees. The bishops had been attending the National Meeting of Bishops and they wrote on behalf of Anglican churches across the nation. […]

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1 March 2022

Tim Costello: “Bolster refugee & aid programs to handle dual world crises”

Australia’s refugee program and overseas aid must both be increased to reflect the twin crises of Ukraine and Afghanistan. We welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to fast-track visa applications from Ukrainians fleeing war, along with the flagged intention to provide additional aid and refugee places. At a Ukrainian Church service in Sydney on Sunday, the […]

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26 February 2022

THE SATURDAY: Liberal MP says room for 15,000 Afghans

Faith groups met with Alex Hawke this week to push for a commitment on accepting Afghan refugees. By Karen Middleton. Conservative Christian churches and a federal Liberal MP are ramping up pressure on the government to fulfil its promise to help more Afghans flee Taliban persecution, amid concerns they are pawns in a domestic political game. […]

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THE GUARDIAN: ‘Stroke of a pen’: Coalition urged to accept Afghan refugees in addition to existing intake

Immigration minister previously announced places for Afghan nationals within existing visa program in move critics call ‘mean and tricky’. The immigration minister, Alex Hawke, has been urged to heed Australia’s “moral obligation” to Afghan nationals fleeing the Taliban by ensuring resettlement places are on top of the existing humanitarian intake. A delegation of faith groups, […]

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25 January 2022

Resource: Prayer for Afghanistan

Dear friends, In light of the recent announcement by the Australian government not to grant a special additional intake of refugees from Afghanistan, I invite you to use this prayer in either your personal or corporate time with God. Rev. Tim Costello God whose heart loves the stranger and refugee, we have been so moved […]

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