On Saturday the 9th of July, Refugee Action Collective held a rally outside the Broadmeadows Detention Centre calling for the release of all children from detention. The rally was calling to account the Labor government for their failure to release all children from detention as per their promise made in October 2010. It is now July and there are still over 350 children in detention including around 50 in Broadmeadows.
Around 200 people, of all ages and backgrounds, including families with small children, marched up to the detention centre after speeches were held in a near by car park where the local community were exposed to the fact a detention centre exists down the road.
Friday, July 22. 11.30am. Park Hyatt Hotel, 1 Parliament Square, off Parliament Place
This action has been cancelled due to Gillard postponing her speech.
Julia Gillard’s plan to ship asylum seekers to Malaysia as part of the so-called Malaysian “solution” is a direct attack on the right to seek asylum by any means necessary as guaranteed by international law. It is a further return to the dark days of John Howard and the pacific “solution.”
When: Saturday, July 9, 1pm. Where: Broadmeadows Detention Centre, Camp Road, Broadmeadows. Meet in the Kmart carpark on the corner of Sydney and Camp Road (map link) for a march down to the centre after speeches.
The Gillard Labor government promised last year that all children would be released from detention by June, and then Bowen announced that all children would be released from detention by the end of June. Now it is clear that the government isn’t fulfilling their promise. They now say half will be out by the end of June.