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Vinnies works with NT Govt to help Timorese appeals

The St Vincent de Paul Society in the Northern Territory is to distribute funds raised to support legal costs associated with assisting long-term the efforts of East Timorese refugees to remain in Australia.

Vinnies has been entrusted with the task of distributing proceeds of a fundraiser to be held on Sunday 8 December. The NT Government is coordinating the event, and will match funds raised dollar-for-dollar.

Mick Fox of the St Vincent de Paul Society said: "The 84 ET people may access these funds for legal/appeal costs and other expenses associated with their quest to continue the lives they have built while waiting up to ten years for their protection claims to be processed."

Yesterday in the NT Parliament, a bipartisan motion of support for the East Timorese was moved. There has been widespread community support in the Top End for efforts to resist Federal Government attempts to repatriate 84 East Timorese who settled in Australia after fleeing the violence in their homeland up to ten years ago.

In common with churches and other community groups, the Northern Territory Govenment's bipartisan initiative asserts that these people have established themselves in the local community, and the Government will do whatever is possible to assist them to remain in the country.

St Vincent de Paul Society (NT)

Northern Territory Chief Minister, the Hon. Clare Martin, Speech on the East Timorese motion, 26 November, 2002
NT Government | Chief Minister | Fundraising Appeal for East Timorese (media release)
Church agencies repeat call to let Timorese stay (18/11/02)
Ultimatum to East Timorese: why should you stay? (The Sun-Herald)
Timorese asylum claims blocked by secret freeze (Sydney Morning Herald)
Church lobbies Ruddock to keep East Timorese in Australia (30/10/02)
Grant Residency to East Timorese in Australia (ACLRI, 29/10/02)
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council
Caritas Australia

27 Nov 2002