Group calls for compassion for refugees

From left: Anne Wilson, Kerry Van Diemen, Anne Jones and Gwyn Jones at Cockatoo Community Market launching their Fairness and Decency Campaign. 193240_01

By Danielle Kutchel

Members of Casey/Cardinia for Refugees are stepping up their actions to draw attention to the plight of refugees stuck on Manus and Nauru Islands in the lead up to the Federal election.

The group says they are determined to see a change in government policy towards refugees, and will be out at local markets, railway stations and intersections holding up signs advocating for “a humane and welcoming approach to refugees”.

Casey/Cardinia for Refugees members are also distributing pamphlets during pre-polling and on polling day, that show the position of the three main parties on refugee issues at a glance.

The group has recently become part of a Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) which is highlighting the plight of refugees with the campaign ‘Choose Fairness and Decency’. The group is calling for better refugee policy and is not aligned with any political party or candidate.

“Community response has shown there are many, many people who wish to see a far more compassionate government response,” a spokesperson for Casey/Cardinia for Refugees said.

Anyone who wishes to receive a pamphlet from Casey/Cardinia for Refugees can email

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