Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

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NEW INITIATIVE // Letters to Senators

A new initiative that RAC is organising is mass letter writing to the Victorian Labor Senators. This targeted approach pressures parliamentarians to change policy, as this directly threatens their chance of re-election.

Feel free to download the pro forma letter and fill in your details and the senator’s details, and then mail to them. Of course, these letters can be sent to any Labor MP or Senator.

RAC letter to senators

Victorian ALP Senators

  • Senator Kimberley Kitching, P O Box 3162, Newport West  3015
  • Senator Jacinta Collins, Ground Flr, 1013 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill 3128
  • Senator Kim Carr, 62 Lygon St, Carlton  3053
  • Senator Gavin Marshall, 376 Victoria St, North Melbourne  3051
New Petition – Airlines: Don’t Deport To Danger!

New Petition – Airlines: Don’t Deport To Danger!

Our new petition calling on airlines not to deport asylum seekers is up on!

RAC has written a Code of Conduct to be presented to domestic and international airlines. We need as many signatures as possible to send a clear statement that deporting innocent people is illegal under international law and will not be stood for.

The link to the petition is here

Once you have signed the petition, share it via social media, email or word of mouth – we need thousands of signatures to make a real impact!

Pledge to vote for refugee rights

Pledge to vote for refugee rights

Take the pledge here

“I will only give my first preference vote to a party that:

(1) supports bringing the refugees detained on Manus and Nauru to Australia, and offering them permanent protection,

(2) ensures people seeking asylum have access to education, employment and income support, allowing them to live with dignity,

(3) ends the dangerous practice of turning boats carrying people seeking asylum back to sea.”


2pm 21/07  | Rally: 5 Years Too Many – Bring Them Here!

2pm 21/07 | Rally: 5 Years Too Many – Bring Them Here!

When: 2-5pm 21st July

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

Facebook event here

Speakers include: 
Behrouz Bouchani, live cross from Manus
Mohamed Xarbi – Somali journalist and refugee
Lavanya Thavaraja – Tamil Refugee Council
Huong Truong – Greens MP for Western Suburbs
Luke Hilikari – Victoria Trades Hall Council

This July will mark 5 years since the ‘PNG solution’ was announced

5 years of limbo in offshore detention hellholes
2 years since Manus was declared illegal
Over 1.5 years since “US refugee deal” announced
10 deaths offshore
Its time – Bring Them Here!

On the 19th of July 2013, then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that all asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat would not be resettled here. This July marks five years too many for the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru.

We need to loudly tell the Coalition government to Bring Them Here, and in the lead up to ALP national conference, tell the ALP it’s time to change policy.

Offshore processing must end
Boat turnbacks must end

call Chris for more info 0403 013 183

Rally endorsed by:

Australian Greens Victoria
Australian Services Union Victorian Private Sector Branch
Australian Unions for Western Sahara
Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association
Black Sash
Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project
CFMEU Construction Division Victorian Branch
Grandmothers Against the Detention of Refugee Children
Labor for Refugees
Librarians for Refugees
Pax Christi Victoria
Queenscliff Rurual Australians for Refugees
Refugee Action Collective
Refugee Advocacy Network
Riff Raff Radical Marching Band
National Tertiary Education Union
Victorian Trades Hall Council

Flier and poster for distribution