Refugee Action Collective (Vic)
From 2011, on to 2012 and to end 20 years of mandatory detention

From 2011, on to 2012 and to end 20 years of mandatory detention

2011 was an incredible year for the Refugee Action Collective, with the continuation of mandatory detention, the arrival of policies such as the Malaysian so-called “solution” and the possibility of deportations, refugee activists in Melbourne held protests, actions, vigils and speak outs outside detention centres, on the streets, outside immigration departments, the Labor party’s office(…)

Media Release: Refugee Action Collective calls on the government to decriminalise people smuggling

Media Release: Refugee Action Collective calls on the government to decriminalise people smuggling

The Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) is saddened by the news of over 200 asylum seekers who have potentially died at sea on their way to Australia to seek asylum. The Refugee Action Collective also condemns the anti-people smuggling policies of the Gillard Labor government and places them with the blame for the death of possibly(…)

Candle-lit vigil and performance for refugees in detention over Christmas

Candle-lit vigil and performance for refugees in detention over Christmas

On Thursday, December 15, the Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) held a vigil and performative action to remember over 4,000 asylum seekers and refugees that will languish in immigration detention over Christmas. Supporters and activists, and passers-by helped to light the 4,000 candles and keep them alight over a few hours as musicians performed and passers-by(…)