August 20, 2013
Help the Refugee Action Collective hand out the following Election leaflet (double sided with our Post election rally on Sept 21) on election day, or before hand at our Live Wire speak out- email email@example.com to put yourself on the roster
Vote with your feet —campaign for refugee rights!
Whilst no-one who supports refugees should want an Abbott government, as the election approaches, both major parties remain locked in a racist race to the bottom. Kevin Rudd’s disgraceful plan to deny any refugee boat arrivals resettle-ment in Australia, by dumping them on PNG, represents a new low. Not to be
outdone, Tony Abbott has recently retaliated by announcing that asylum seekers who have already arrived in Australia by boat (around 32,000 people) will never get permanent settlement and will be stripped of the right to appeal to the courts.
DO MORE THAN JUST VOTE!
The Greens, and some principled smaller parties and candidates, have rightly stood against the bipartisan pressure to support offshore detention. The Greens have defended refugee rights in parliament, however, it was grassroots activism under the Howard government that shifted public opinion and forced him to make concessions over his detention regime. We need to do this again!
Get active in the Refugee Action Collective:
Meetings 6:30pm every Monday at the ANF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melb. Post-Election Strategy Meeting: 6.30pm Mon Sept 9, ANF House.
Get active in your community:
Help set up a suburban, school or workplace group; hold local stalls; organise meetings. RAC can help with refugee and campaign speakers, materials and ideas!
Get active in your workplace:
Carry this resolution at a union/workplace meeting: “We condemn the PNG ‘solution‘ and call for all asylum boat arrivals to be processed and resettled in Australia. Over 90% of boat arrivals are found to be genuine refugees. We call on our state and federal union organisations and the ACTU to oppose the PNG ‘solution’, actively promote refugee rallies to members and ban any work associated with construction of offshore detention centres”