Refugees: the people behind the label

refweek13We at The Good Oil are proud to be publishing our first podcast to coincide with World Refugee Day (June 20). You’re encouraged to take a closer look at the issue of refugees – to see the people behind the label.


June 20 is World Refugee Day. In Australia, the Saturday to Sunday inclusive of this date is designated as Refugee Week. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

The issue of refugees is a divisive one in Australia. Debate is fierce. Opinions are loud. Policies change quickly. Pretty soon you can feel adrift in a sea of soundbites.

And what of the refugees themselves?

We’re a nation talking about refugees – not with them. Where are they in all this?

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan invite you to take a closer look at the issue of refugees – to see the people behind the label. They commissioned Evan Ellis, a freelance journalist, to produce a podcast (an audio feature) to help you take that closer look.

LISTEN to the podcast online here.


DOWNLOAD the podcast to your computer or MP3 player so you can listen at a time that suits you. You can do this by right-clicking on ‘download the podcast’ and then clicking ‘save target as’.

We’d love your feedback. Why not leave a comment below?

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Acknowledgements (in order of appearance): Ms Christine D’Rozario, Sr Colleen Leonard SGS, Mr Jonathan (Johnson) Ngor, Ms Mariam Veiszadeh, Mr Nada Rajah, Sr Sarah Puls SGS, Mr Vinotham Sarachandran.

Special thanks to: The Justice and Peace Office, Sydney Archdiocese, Rev John Jegasothy, Uniting Church Australia, Mr Justin Ellis, Sr Patty Fawkner SGS, Sr Sarah Puls SGS.

Political sound bites: John Howard (2001); Julia Gillard (2011); Kevin Rudd (2009); Tony Abbott (2012).

Photo credit: Refugee Council of Australia

* Evan Ellis is a freelance writer currently completing a Masters in International Studies with a China major.


The Good Oil, June 18, 2013. If you would like to republish this article, please contact the editor.

5 Responses to “Refugees: the people behind the label”

  1. Terry Clout says:

    Thanks for the podcast

  2. Gerri Boylan says:

    What a podcast! Thank you so much for your excellent sharing which is so timely . I will share it with our parishioners.

  3. Gabrielle Morgan says:

    Thank you, this is excellent. I’m concerned that only those already ‘converted’ will access it . How do we reach those who still do not wish to hear?

  4. Pam says:

    The power of the human voice to crack hardened perceptions is certainly at work here. Thanks to each of you.

  5. Thank you to all the contributors to this stirring presentation! Congratulations on the podcast. Marie.

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