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Refugee Council Funding Concern

Wednesday 4th June / presented by Jonny Hopper

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says he didn't know the country's peal refugee body was receiving taxpayer money from his immigration portfolio until after his own government's budget was published - at which point he moved immediately to axe the funding.

More than half a million dollars of funding allocated to the Refugee Council of Australia was cut - the national umbrella body for refugees, with more than 180 organisational and 700 individual members.

With ongoing news of hunger strikes, fear of torture if vias are rejected and self-harm, many argue the Council is needed more than ever with its promotion of flexible, humane and practical policies towards refugees and asylum seekers.

And the funding's pulled as Refugee Council President Phil Glendenning says the Government's pursuit of military-enforced deterrence is creating enormous fear and a hopelessness among asylum seekers that inevitably led to depression and self-harm...

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