As a Common Grace community, we believe that Australia is called to be a generous nation. We long for the day when those who come to our shores for safety are welcomed with that kindness and compassion that the Bible teaches.
While the media’s coverage of refugees has waned over the last few years, the reality is that our brothers and sisters from refugee backgrounds have continued to face immense hardship in seeking safety and freedom.
Today, there are still around 260 people held against their will in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Over 1000 women, men and children have been transferred to Australia for critical medical treatment and now live in ‘transitory’ visa limbo. Over 100 of those people are held in locked immigration detention centres and so-called ‘alternative places of detention’, such as the Park Hotel Melbourne and Kangaroo Point hotel prisons.
Countless Parliamentary and Departmental inquiries, UN investigations, reports by the Australian Human Rights Commission, and numerous whistleblowers, including the government’s own doctors have repeatedly told us the same story of systematic abuse, violence and medical neglect of people held in detention facilities. Tragically, 13 people have died in these centres.
After 7 long years of it’s time the Government frees these women, men and children.
Please sign this petition to amplify the voices in our nation, united by the vision of seeing our brothers and sisters seeking asylum released and permanently resettled.
Add your voice. Speak and pray for justice. Sign the petition now.
By signing this petition, your name will be added to the National #TimeForAHome coalition's petition and presented to MPs at Parliament House in Canberra in the coming year.
Want to find out more about the #TimeForAHome Campaign? see here.