February 21, 2016
> Refugee Action Coalition
> MEDIA RELEASE
> PEOPLE POWER WINS COMMUNITY DETENTION FOR ASHA : NOW FREE ALL THE 267
> The Refugee Action Coalition welcomes the agreement to place baby Asha
> in community detention as a victory for people power and the “Let Them
> Stay” campaign on behalf of the 267 asylum seekers from Nauru and
> Manus Island presently in Australia.
> “This is one small step for one family. We want to applaud the
> hospital and its staff for the stand they took to defend the safety
> and welfare of baby Asha,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the
> Refugee Action Coalition.
> “Their stand and the support from other hospitals and medical staff
> will make it easier for other workers and staff to take a similar
> stand in support of the 267 threatened with return to Nauru.
> “If Peter Dutton can grant community detention for Asha and her
> family, then it is possible to agree that all those threatened with
> return to Nauru can be freed into the community.
> “However, we note that Peter Dutton insists they are are still under
> threat of being returned to Nauru. We still need an ironclad
> guarantee that Asha and her family will not be returned to Nauru.
> While there is a 72 hour undertaking of notice before any attempt to
> remove Asha to Nauru, a future decision about whether she would be
> moved would be entirely up to IHMS and the
> Immigration department.
> “We remain determined to ensure that Asha and the 267 get an ironclad
> guarantee of no return to Nauru,” said Rintoul.
> “There is still a question mark over the fate of all of the 267 men ,
> women, and children who need to know that they will not be returned to
> Nauru or Manus Island. Until there is a positive decision about the
> 267, the campaign to Let Them Stay will continue.
> “The response in Brisbane has been tremendous, and is a very strong
> indication that movement to ‘Let Them Stay’ is gaining increasing
> community and worker support.
> “People power has won a small step for Asha – now we need to step up
> the Let Them Stay campaign.
> NO THIRD COUNTRIES – BRING THEM ALL TO AUSTRALIA
> “The efforts of the Australian government to find third countries
> willing to take refugees from Nauru and Manus is doomed,” said Ian
> Rintoul, “It is more shabby politicking by the government to involved
> relatively poor neighbouring countries in undermining the refugee
> “The international community rightly regards the refugees on Manus and
> Nauru as being Australia’s responsibility. The government is just
> delaying the inevitable. Offshore detention is collapsing under the
> weight of the cruelty and its own contradictions.
> The Australian government must bring all those on Manus and Nauru to
> For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713