It was great to see so many people turn out to the Perth Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees 2015.
We thank the photographers for allowing us to share their photos here: ZebedeeParkes.com, Kikei.net, Geoff Bice, Eira Clapton.
Noongar elder and UCA minister Rev Sealin Garlett gave the Welcome to Country.
Afghan Hazara Ashraff Mohammad came to Australia by boat in 2011.
Ashraff now supports other asylum seekers and volunteers on the Welcome to Australia committee.
Michelle Bui from the Refugee Rights action network brought messages from those people who are detained on Manus and Nauru.
Prominent business person Janet Holmes a Court spoke about international obligations to protect refugees.
Former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and Senior Australian of the Year Fred Chaney
Multi-award winning author Tim Winton called Australia to turn back from harsh policies towards asylum seekers.
You can hear the entire Tim Winton speech here on the ABC’s Radio National website
The text of the speech is here on The Age website.
Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Western Australia Rev Steve Francis spoke of asylum seekers living in the community.
Bishop Tom Wilmot blessed the walkers before we set off.
A big thank you to Father Chris Bedding for being our MC on the day.