Will we help Syria's gay refugees? ... charities commisison safe, for now ... pizza on the menu ...
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So much for compassion.
While the government is continuing with it's line about prioritising "women, children and families" from "persecuted minorities" in the intake of 12,000 refugees from Syria, it is difficult to imagine a minority more persecuted than gay men living in Syria and Iraq. The so-called Islamic State’s notorious snuff movies include footage of these people being pushed to their deaths from high buildings and their bodies pelted with stones by the jeering crowd, just for good measure. Many of those who have escaped this fate have suffered rejection, if not physical assault, by members of their own families, as compellingly described
by Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas.
And yet the guidelines sketched out for the 12,000-strong intake of refugees from the region do not appear to provide a space for them. Tony Abbott’s announcement of the program emphasised that “women, children and families” are to be regarded as the priority. Single men -- and one suspects single Muslim men in particular -- are not wanted on Team Australia.
It might be a stretch to imagine Abbott modifying “women, children and families” to “women, children, families -- oh, and gays”, but if he's lookin for persecuted minorities, they are there.
ACNC safe -- for now.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison quietly announced this week that the government wouldn't be canning the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC), admitting to a Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit that the legislation wouldn't make it through the Senate. While the not for profit sector has welcomed the news, some are still a bit reluctant to give ScoMo a pat on the back. CEO of Community Council for Australia, David Crosbie told ProBono Australia
"I really thought it was… almost an announcement and then it seemed to not be an announcement at the very end.
"I’m disappointed. It seemed to me that it was a mixed message. I have to say I personally, as soon as I had a chance, asked the Minister’s advisor what it actually meant and to be honest we’re still not exactly clear on when the legislation may be withdrawn."
What could have been a good opportunity to get the sector onside seems to have passed right by.