8:30am Mon Oct 1 | Let Huyen Stay- solidarity protest at court hearing

When: 8:30-10am Monday 1st October

Where: 305 William St, Melbourne (next to Flagstaff Gardens/Flagstaff Station)

Facebook event here

Join RAC outside the Federal Circuit Court hearing to demand that Huyen is allowed to stay in the community.
Huyen is facing the Federal Circuit Court to argue that she should be allowed to make a statutory claim for asylum. The court could overturn the initial non-statutory decision that means the minister has not “invited” Huyen to access the statutory refugee assessment process.
But Peter Dutton does not need a court decision to stop the deportation of Huyen- all it took to help his friends’ au pairs with visas was a text message. He could do the same for Huyen, and prevent indefinite separation from her baby Isabella, and her husband Paul, and a dangerous return to anti-Catholic persecution in Vietnam for Huyen.


6:30pm, Mon Oct 15 | Forum: Nauru’s Medical Emergency – Kids Off, All Off

When: 6:30-8:30pm, Monday 15th October

Where: ANMF Vic Branch, 535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne


Facebook event here

Leaflet for distribution here

Nauru is in meltdown with an escalating medical and mental health crisis as a result of the damage done by offshore detention. Despite Border Force trying to fight doctors’ recommendations in court, almost 30 children have been brought off the island, some after spending weeks refusing to eat.Many of the 1000 asylum seekers and refugees who remain on Nauru are barred from US resettlement and are losing hope. Join us to hear first hand accounts of the crisis on Nauru and how we can fight to #BringThemHere

Natasha Blucher – ASRC Detention Rights Advocate
Natasha worked on Nauru for Save the Children before being wrongly targeted by then Immigration Minister Scott Morrison along with nine other Save the Children workers and taken off the Island. The Immigration Dept was later forced to apologise.


Mon Sept 10 | Vigil for Iraqi, Tamil and Hazara asylum deaths, Sack Dutton Now

When: 5:30-7pm, Monday 10th September

Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

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As politicians pay lip service to mental health, we find ourselves yet again in the heartbreaking position of holding a vigil to mark recent deaths of asylum seekers. Three deaths by suicide have occurred in this last week – an Iraqi man, a Tamil man and a Hazara man have all dies as a consequence of Australia’s detention policies. In a bitter irony, this day is also World Suicide Prevention Day. Dutton needs to be sacked immediately – his brutal reign as the Minister for Home Affairs needs to end.

This vigil will pay respects to those recently deceased, and highlight the harm that Australia’s detention system does to the mental health of those seeing asylum. There have been numerous deaths, including by suicide, in both onshore and offshore detention centres, as well as by those left scarred by their experiences currently living in the community on uncertain visas. There have also been many acts of self-harm and attempted suicide, including by children.

Speakers include
Nazir Yousafi, president of the Victorian Afghan Association Network(VAAN) and Shamama Association
Samantha Ratnam, leader of the Victorian Greens

Join us in demanding a different way of treating asylum seekers and refugees. We do not have to put people through the trauma of indefinite detention; we can, and should, provide safe passage to those seeking our help and meaningful support and certainty once they are here.

If you or someone you know is in need of crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp