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Taken from the second verse of the Australian national anthem, this year’s Refugee Week theme, ‘With courage let us all combine’, celebrates the courage of refugees who have refused to deny their beliefs or identity in the face of persecution, fled their homeland and often endured terrifying and dangerous journeys only to face the cruelty of detention before working hard to make a new life for themselves and their families.
On 5 December 2014 the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Act 2014 was passed by both Houses of Parliament. This Act puts into domestic law the powers the Government exercises under its current refugee and asylum seeker policy, ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’.
In 2000, the Ninth Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia expressed our commitment to seek "fair, humanitarian, adequately resourced and culturally appropriate government policies and procedures for the processing of refugees and asylum seekers".