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We believe that together we CAN make a difference ... starting with small acts of kindness and hospitality and becoming a collective voice demanding more compassionate asylum seeker policies.

CAPSA condemns Federal government plans to send 267 people to Nauru

Following last Wednesday's High Court ruling that formally legalised the offshore detention and processing of people seeking asylum, CAPSA released a statement expressing our concern over plans to send 267 vulnerable people from Australia to Nauru.

We joined the chorus of voices, including St. Vincent's Health Australia, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart asking the government to #LetThemStay.

Find our statement here.


The Ethics of Sanctuary - Andrew Hamilton

Offering sanctuary to women and children seeking protection from despatch to Nauru would break the law. That is a fact. The important question is whether it would be right to break the law in this case.

Read the full article here.

What CAN I do?

  1. Remain active in the Let Them Stay campaign - show your support by taking a photo in your work, home, school etc. and post it on social media.
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  3. Get Involved - want to volunteer? We are looking for volunteers in all corners of the country. Get in touch with us at


Stories to inspire

We've met some many amazing people doing great work. This month we're featuring the great work of Jessica and Cat.

Jessica is walking from Melbourne to Canberra to deliver her Welcome Petition. Find her story here.

Caterina has coordinated the Edmund Rice Asylum Seeker Project for the past five years and has done amazing work. Her story is here.

Some recommended reading and viewing

CAPSA in the News - Check out Sister Brigid Arthur on SBS News at our action at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne on Tuesday 16th February (we're at 6.15 minutes)

Gospel brutality reborn in our harrowing of refugee children - Andrew Hamilton - Eureka Street

How has it come to this? - Robert Manne - The Monthly

#LetThemStay: thousands turn up to rallies, but millions turn their backs - Corinne Grant - The Guardian
Offers of sanctuary brighten Australia's refugee dark age - Justin Glyn - Eureka Street
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