Gaps in Australia's asylum program for people fleeing oppression

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People at a Melbourne refugee and asylum seeker rights rally July 27, 2013, protest both the Rudd Labor Government new proposal for assessment and resettlement of asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea, and the Liberal Party's hard line stand to use the milit
People at a Melbourne refugee and asylum seeker rights rally July 27, 2013, protest both the Rudd Labor Government new proposal for assessment and resettlement of asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea, and the Liberal Party's hard line stand to use the military to turn back the boats. (Flickr/John Englart)

When a person applies for asylum in Australia, they can no longer get state-sponsored medical insurance, and in some cases, aren't allowed to work, so the Asylum Seeker Resource Center, started up in response to the material needs of one person in Melbourne, with only a few students looking to help in 2001. In this Random Nun Clip, Sr. Rita Malavisi, who has volunteered there for 17 years, talks about the center's work and the stories of the people who come there for assistance.

Click here to listen to the full "In Good Faith" podcast where this clip is from.

GSR shares clips from our friends at A Nun's Life Ministry. Check out full episodes of all their podcasts (Ask Sister, In Good Faith, Random Nun Clips and more, like the archived Motherhouse Road Trips) on their website, ANunsLife.org.