Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)


Artist Judy Cassab fled as a refugee to Austria after 10 years of oppression at the hands of both the fascist and communist regimes in Hungary. Resettled in 1950 as "displaced persons" in Australia.

Judy has twice won the Archibald Prize (first woman to do so!) & her paintings are in the National Gallery of Australia & collections throughout the world.

  Dev Sharma Yes but she looks white .. The current policies aren't just about "refugees" they are also about race .. How on earth can you explain why people fleeing Germans were ok while those fleeing Taliban are not?

Like · Reply · 90 · March 26 at 7:41pm  Hung To I wonder how many Judy and Frank Lowy and smorgon we are turning away or torturing as part of this govt's policy

Like · Reply · 57 · March 26 at 7:49pm  Danielle Thring My partner's father and his family also fled Hungary around this time to seek refuge in Australia. I wouldn't have my wonderful partner or youngest son if we hadn't welcomed the family into our country. So why can't we do the same now for others fleeing persecution?

Like · Reply · 18 · March 26 at 8:01pm Stefani Strazzari My dad was DP. My Dad was a wonderful person who taught me about tolerance & fighting for the underdog. As an Italian in the 1950s he was believed to have a knife hidden away somewhere. Italians were despised. Their "long" hair their gesticulations, their alliance with Germany ww2. My dad is the reason why I support refugees to Australia & know the untold value they would add to our country especially if welcomed with open arms.

Like · Reply · 16 · March 26 at 9:56pm Daniel João And the lovely Mirka Mora!

Like · Reply · 10 · March 26 at 8:04pm  Felicity Banks It's a horrible question to ask, but you have to wonder who she would be if she was placed into something like Nauru as a child. Raped as a child by guards, denied medical care or communication with the outside world, ignored by the Australian government, and in even more danger of assault if she was one of the "lucky" ones released (but kept on Nauru).

Like · Reply · 7 · March 26 at 10:28pm  David Gordon Hill its difficult to integrate if you are not given a chance to integrate , acceptance leads to integration .

Like · Reply · 6 · March 27 at 12:12am Cathryn Hart got sent to the Principal's office for pointing this out to my year 10 students when I was teaching

Like · Reply · 4 · March 26 at 10:49pm Anne Johnston Only the refugees that integrate.

Like · Reply · 2 · March 26 at 7:48pm Jim Morris So many people so desperate to be 'nice' they can ignore what is going on in the name of islam, the religion these people CHOOSE to identify with. We are in the early stages of a global war between islam and the rest of us so why would any sane person want to import the enemy?

Like · Reply · 2 · March 27 at 2:50pm  Lynette Kemeny My inlaws were from Hungary also. Father in law because a commissioner of tax in NZ his wifes sister was a leading researcher on ozone for met office. Well respected and leader in her day. Our government is plain stupid...unlike the refugees wanting asylum

Like · Reply · 1 · March 27 at 7:12am Cara Clark Straight to Nauru with her then......Jeez I loathe the racism and cruelty we're surrounded by.

Like · Reply · 1 · March 27 at 3:30pm Lauren Moore Beautiful work!

Like · Reply · 1 · March 26 at 7:50pm Alison Telford incredible artist..

Like · Reply · 1 · March 26 at 7:45pm  John Ennis Great to have such Australians. However, what about the talented artists and other brilleant people rotting in our detention centres because we have become selfish and afraid of anyone who is different. I have met successful Australians of refugee stock who vote liberal and think Abbott shoiuld get much tougher about refugees. Yes really !!!!!

Like · Reply · 1 · March 29 at 6:38pm  Raymond Hall True.

Like · Reply · March 27 at 3:32pm Bruce Kay More tolerance and compassion is required in Australia right now

Like · Reply · March 28 at 3:32am  Mary Sharah A wonderful artist!

Like · Reply · March 26 at 11:08pm  Deborah Corrigan they sure do

Like · Reply · March 26 at 9:00pm Plenty Valley Dev Sharma said: "I'm not from you generation... I couldn't possibly imagine such a world or such compassion... All I've ever seen is indefinite detention for refugees and mandatory detention for Aboriginals"

From what I remember not everyone was united in their welcoming of Vietnamese refugees back then, but the Govt. was in favour of it which is a major point of difference between then and now.
Try not to be bitter or blameful because of what you (and I) see as this Govt's extreme stupidity .. you must remain strong in your resolve to question their actions, challenge their behaviour and seek (legal is better) resolution / redress for both their injustice and intolerance they seek to foment.
Look carefully and travel safely Dev, .. if you are open to it you will find friends and allies (of all shades) where your prejudices least expect to find them. namaste

Like · Reply · March 29 at 10:49pm · Edited  Geoffrey Walker Judy Cassab ... creative genius, observer, educator, exceptionalist. A brick in the foundation of Australian multiculturalism. How lucky is this country!?

Like · Reply · March 26 at 10:47pm  Linda Hong Keep this going it is brilliant!

Like · Reply · March 26 at 7:57pm  Briar Matheson That is so inspirational, what a beautiful artist!

Like · Reply · March 27 at 12:24am Barbara Roach Indeed

Like · Reply · March 26 at 8:04pm  Jim Morris I guess your just the meat in the sandwich.

Like · Reply · March 27 at 2:52pm  Rich Donaldson Wonderful artist keep it up amazing feat.

Like · Reply · March 26 at 10:53pm  Cynthia Wild she painted our headmistress in high school

Like · Reply · March 27 at 3:06am Elizabeth Moore Golding Actually, Asylum Resource Centre, I do love Judy and her work and for her tough beginnings she (and her husband) should be lauded. She is a great artist, and has indeed won the Archibald, not once, but twice, but was not the first woman to do so. That was the amazing Norah Heysen who won in 1938.

Like · Reply · March 26 at 9:24pm · Edited Michelle O'Connor yes genuine refugees really do

Like · Reply · March 27 at 5:18am  Jim Morris If you don't differentiate between immigrants and muslims you are being dishonest. Double the refugge intake, but NO muslims.

Like · Reply · March 26 at 9:23pm  Erica Taylor Anywhere really

Like · Reply · March 29 at 5:14pm Nancy Anastasios Of course. Many Australians are scared of being overshadowed by the talents of those who have far less than us but seem to be able to do so much more with it..

Like · Reply · March 27 at 2:18am  Gypsy Rose You are exactly right Dev Sharma - the largest group of illegal immigrants in Australia is the 100 000 plus from the U.K. whose visas have expired.

Like · Reply · March 26 at 10:39pm  Goran Banyai Indeed it did. Australia is an amazing place because of this.

Like · Reply · March 27 at 1:58pm  Ian Spencer Isn't Judy Jewish? You know, the ones we want to 'divest' from?

Like · Reply · March 27 at 3:48pm Sue Spencer A lovely story of hope

Like · Reply · March 27 at 7:08am Robyn Williams Oh, really! Read the history first before making statements Dev, look back at how many "Australians" viewed refugees over the last century and how they were "treated" = "mistreated" - not by all but still by many. This is a recent phenomena related to recent events = 'recent' to Australia and its ties with the Middle East.

Like · Reply · March 26 at 11:35pm Alex Claire My father went through how times have changed where has the Aussie spirit gone??


The Bonegilla...

Like · Reply · 3 · March 26 at 8:26pm Bronwyn Read Thank you Judy.

Like · Reply · March 26 at 8:32pm  Heather Ann Tucker lovely to see this reminder of Judy Cassab: her portraiture was truly remarkable in its ability to cut through to the essence of the sitter, as she experienced and perceived it. any of us might need refuge at some time; any of us can offer welcome and hospitality. these are aspects of being human, as is the tendency to fearfulness and suspicion of apparent "other"ness, which can function as a timely warning in some circumstances, or lead to an unwarranted rejection in others………Vale Judy, and thank you for the privilege of witnessing some of the fruits of your creativity and insight.

Like · Reply · March 26 at 9:46pm Diversitat Fantastic!

Like · Reply · March 26 at 7:55pm  Lyndal Waters Sovereignty

Like · Reply · March 26 at 10:20pm Eveline Goy Wonderful woman, talented artist.

Like · Reply · March 26 at 7:50pm Sebile Altunay Here is another racist page, who needs to be reported please!

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Like · Reply · March 27 at 1:30pm Brigid O'Carroll Walsh Love Judy Cassab's work. During my working life, I twice had the privilege of turning up for work each day and working under one of Judy's paintings: first, Mount Isa, Queensland public library where there was a huge portrait of Sir James Foots of Mount Isa Mines.; second, was in the offices of Leon Fink - a well known Sydney identity - in his offices at Darlinghurst. This time it was a Judy Cassab nude. And Judy made one other significant contribution to this nation: her son, John Seed.


Like · Reply · March 28 at 5:32am Jim Morris "Nice' will be the death of you. Gratuitous niceness is moronic.

Like · Reply · March 27 at 8:13am  Jim Morris Importing muslims is criminal negligence. Wait & see.

Like · Reply · March 27 at 8:02am Jim Morris We need freedom FROM religion written in the constitution.

Like · Reply · March 27 at 7:50am  Lindsay Smith the gospel according to saint george of America

A bush is ‘perennial plant which has woody stems and branches and ranges in height from very low to the size of a small tree, shrub, wilderness, outback.’ A doctrine is ‘something which is taught; belief, tenet; teachings of a religion or branch of knowledge.’ So this Bush Doctrine must be something religious straight out of the wilderness. Now there was a bush that all Christians, Jew & Moslems know all about. It’s the ‘bush described in the Book of Exodus which burned with fire but was not consumed.’ Sarah knows all about wilderness areas. If this ‘Bush Doctrine’ is something that George W Bush, President of the United States of America, touched by God & by his own hand wrote or uttered out of his own throat then here it all is to keep close our hearts for ever & ever. The ‘Bush Doctrine’ as -

The Gospel According to Saint George

” 1.
1 I’ve got God’s shoulder to cry on. And I cry a lot. I do a lot of crying in this job. I’ll bet I’ve shed more tears than you can count.

1.2 I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe. I believe what I believe is right.

1.3 I believe that the human being and the fish can coexist peacefully.

1.4. I don’t particularly like it when people put words in my mouth, either, by the way, unless I say it.

1.5 See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.

1.6 I think anybody who doesn’t think I’m smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.

1.7 There’s not going to be enough people in the system to take advantage of people like me8 You know, I guess I’m like any other political figure: Everybody wants to be loved.

2.1 I know how hard it is to put food on your family. 2.2 If you’ve got a chicken factory, a chicken-plucking factory, or whatever you call them, you know what I’m talking about.

2.3 Time to set aside the old partisan bickering and finger-pointing and name-calling that comes from freeing parents to make different choices for their children.

2.4 They’re innocent, they were doing nothing, and they were summarily plucked out of water.

2.5 You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.

2.6 I’m going to try to see if I can remember as much to make it sound like I’m smart on the subject.

2.7 Home is important. It’s important to have a home.

3.1 Soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and Coast Guardsmen, thanks for coming, thanks for wearing the uniform.

3.2 I’m honored to be here with the eternal general. 3.3 And so, General, I want to thank you for your service. And I appreciate the fact that you really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat.

3.4 Some call this civil war; others call it emergency. I call it pure evil.

3.5 My job is a decision-making job, and as a result, I make a lot of decisions.

4.1 I’ve heard Tony’s been called Bush’s poodle. He’s bigger than that.

4.2 My relationship with this good man is where I’ve been focused, and that’s where my concentration is. 4.3 And I don’t regret any other aspect of it. And so I — we filled a lot of space together.

4.4 I’ve been in politics long enough to know that polls just go poof at times.

4.5 There’s a lot of blowhards in the political process, you know, a lot of hot-air artists, people who have got something fancy to say.”

Complied from assorted press reports.

August 4, 2013

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Brigid O'Carroll Walsh

December 28, 2013 ·

Saw a doco on the Arts Quarter on ABC TV to-day re Judy Cassab - now 93 years of age - see I worked alongside two Judy Cassab paintings during my working life. One was a very large portrait of Sir James Foot who headed up Mount Isa Mines Limited for about three decades. The portrait hung in the Mount Isa Public Library which I managed. Some years later I was working in Sydney for a company owned by well known arts personality and restauranteur, Leon Fink. Leon was a well-known art collector and my desk was positioned right underneath a Judy Cassab nude. A great Australian artist is she. Happy birthday, Judy Cassab, A Celebration. Judy Cassab has also given us her son, John Seed - the environmentalist and spiritual practitioner in the Deep Ecology movement. How those darned refugees have enriched our nation!


Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Judy Cassab's Life Nov 16 2013 through March 2014 60 years after Judy’s 1st Australian exhibition, this celebration will be...