On Tuesday night a group of our ERA for Change students attended a presentation by Phil Glendenning, the Director of the Edmund Rice Centre in Sydney - an organisation involved in research, community education, advocacy and networking for social justice issues. Phil’s presentation was focused on the situation of refugees and asylum seekers but he drew a profound link between this issue and the relationship modern Australia has with its first people. He pointed out that because there was unfinished business in regard to reconciliation with Indigenous Australians, it was almost impossible for mainstream Australia to make things right for the latest people to arrive - refugees and asylum seekers. Phil’s presentation was challenging but filled with hope that things could be better for us all.

The issue of refugees can seem a million miles away for many of us but there are down to earth and practical things that we can do to welcome new people into our community. The Parish of St Joseph’s at Bracken Ridge is welcoming a large group of refugee families at the moment and our community will be involved in a number of ways as we move forward. At the moment there is a need for bikes (in good working order) for children through to adults. If you have a spare bike/s at home that could be given to a refugee family you can contact the Bracken Ridge Parish directly or make contact with Mr Corfield or myself (here at the College) and we will organise for the bikes to be given to families in need through the Parish.

Mr Tim Kenny - Dean of Identity