RAC 2013 election forum: How can we stop the race to the bottom on refugee policy?

6:30pm Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub
506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000
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The 2013 federal election sees Abbott and Rudd competing over who can kick refugees the hardest. Rudd wants to dump asylum seekers on PNG, Abbott wants a military response. Rudd’s lurch to the right hasn’t ‘neutralised’ Abbott, it just pushes the debate further right still. How can we ditch failed Howard era policies and stop the scapegoating? How can we rebuild the refugee movement to win humane refugee policy? Come & discuss with candidates for the federal seat of Melbourne

Speakers include:
ADAM BANDT – Greens MP
CATH BOWTELL – ALP Candidate
Margarita Windisch – Socialist Alliance
Anthony Main -Socialist Party
Mohammed Ali Baqiri – refugee detained on Nauru as a child
Chris Breen – Refugee Action Collective for more info call Chris on 0403 013 183 or Rose on 0414 959 427 or visit http://rac-vic.org/

Emergency Protest – Rally for Refugees – Stop Rudd’s PNG Plan


* Don’t let Rudd dump refugees on PNG.
* Welcome refugee boats – Let them land, let them stay
* Increase refugee intake from Indonesia to save lives
* Stop deportations to danger

1:00pm Saturday July 27 at the State Library, Swanston & Latrobe St. CBDRudd has slammed the door shut to refugees. The ALP government is deporting every single asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat to PNG and will also deny them the right to resettle in Australia. Not even Howard implemented such draconian anti-refugee policies.

Now is the time for us to take a stand and fight for human rights!

Rain, hail or shine.

Help promote the rally by clicking attending on facebook event page. Invite all your friends.

Rally organised by Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) and Raaf Activists
call Lucy 0404 728 104, Sue 0413 377 987 or Cathy 0448 319 160, for more info

Endorsed by – Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)- Raaf Activists- Labor for Refugees- ChilOut-Brigidine Asylum Seeker Network- Tamil Refugee Council- Shamama Victoria (Hazara community group)- United Voice- NTEU Vic Division- Wikileaks Party- Wikileaks Australia Citizens Alliance – Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre -RISE (Refugee, Survivors & Ex-detainees- Melb Uni Campus Refugee Rights Club- Monash Refugee Collective -KommonGround- Global Intifada (3CR Community Radio- Melbourne Street Medic Collective- Radical Women- Freedom Socialist Party- Counter Act- Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA)- Free Media Collective – Mildly Amusing Action Squad (MAAS) – These Machines Cut Razorwire (Musician)- The Conch (Musicians) – The Socialist Party – Socialist Alternative – Red Flag Fortnightly Newspaper – Keep Left (poetry night) – Robbie Thorpe (Activist and First Nations Elder)- Treaty Republic (Indigenous website) – UnderThe Hammer(Activist, Arts Space) – Aunty Barbara Williams-Weston (Yorta Yorta Elder from the Cummergunja Mission)- James Connolly Association Melbourne – Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne Industrial Workers of the World – Melbourne Branch – GRRL FEST Official (Musicians)- Socialist Alliance – The staff of Bar 303 (Bar) – Save Public Housing (campaign group) – Australian Mental Health Human Rights and Law Reform Coalition – Unite, Fight Back & Stop the Privatisation of Public Housing- Students for Palestine – Hollaback! – Melbourne – Cherchez la Femme- SlutWalk Melbourne- The Nerve (Band)- Ezekiel Ox (Musician) – Suwa Squatters Airwaves – FightDemBack (Aust & NZ anti-racist internet group)- The Oppositional Disobedience Disorder Support Group – National union of students education officer (Clare Keyes-Liley)- Akm Avustralya (Anatolian Cultural Centre Australia) – Solidarity- Alliance for Workers’ Liberty – The NUS Queer Officers (National Union of Students)- Australian Jewish Democratic Society- Progressive Law Network