April 22, 2015
Converge on Melbourne: Rally for Refugee Rights, Change ALP Policy
At ALP national conference, July 24-26, 2015, Melbourne Convention Centre
Rally location is marked with a purple and yellow circle below.
Abbott’s refugee bashing is not working for him at the polls, but if the Coalition is kicked out what policies will replace him?
Tragically the ALP leaders continue to support both offshore processing and mandatory detention. Labor for Refugees, with the backing of many unions will be proposing a resolution to change Labor policy at this year’s ALP national conference – Melbourne, July 24-26.
We don’t yet know the content of that motion, but we do know that offshore processing will be an important debate at the conference where numbers will be finely balanced.
Breaking the bipartisan consensus of cruelty towards refugees has long been a strategic goal of the refugee movement. To that end the Refugee Action Collective in Melbourne invites all RAC groups and refugee rights supporters nationally, to converge on Melbourne for a rally for refugee rights to support efforts to change ALP policy. We want the ALP to oppose offshore processing and mandatory detention, and continue its opposition to TPVs.
The rally will be at 12pm Sat July 25 outside the Melbourne Convention Centre. We will invite speakers from Labor4Refugees and the union movement, and encourage union and Labor branch banners.
We also intend to hold a national get together/conference of RAC groups and refugee rights supporters on the Sunday July 26. More details will be available soon, but we welcome input into the content/structure of the day.
RAC Melbourne will be able to arrange limited billeting for interstate activists. Please let us know if people from your state can participate and likely numbers. Endorsements can also be sent to email@example.com, or call Chris 0403 013 183