Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Upcoming Events

6:30pm Oct 23 | Introduction to RAC & Eyewitness reports of offshore detention

6:30pm Oct 23 | Introduction to RAC & Eyewitness reports of offshore detention

When: 6:30pm October 23rd

Where: 535-541 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

535 elizabeth st

Introduction to RAC
Eyewitness reports: Why Australia must end offshore detention

Speakers include:
Mohammad Salamat – refugee who was detained on Nauru
Keiran Magee – Refugee Action Collective

This meeting will discuss the inadequacy of the US deal, and the urgent need to evacuate Manus and Nauru and bring the refugee here. It will also give an introduction to the work of the Refugee Action Collective and how you can get involved.

6.30pm at the new AMNF building 535 Elizabeth St City, just north of the Vic Markets

Call Chris 0403 013 183 for more info

Facebook event here

NEW INITIATIVE: Letter 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 politicians Oct 2017 version 2

 

Victorian ALP Senators

Kim Carr

62 Lygon Street

Carlton South, VIC, 3053

 Jacinta Collins

Ground Floor, 1013 Whitehorse Road

Box Hill, VIC, 3128

Kimberley Kitching

PO Box 3162

Newport West, VIC, 3015

Gavin Marshall

376 Victoria Street

North Melbourne, VIC, 3051

‘You are worse than I am’: Trump told Turnbull he admired offshore detention

 

‘YOU ARE WORSE THAN I AM’: TRUMP TOLD TURNBULL HE ADMIRED OFFSHORE DETENTION

The article attached was published in The Guardian Australia. More reason why we need to be outraged and stand up against the government’s cruel, illegal and costly policies.

A brief recap: the Washington Post published the transcript from the January phone-call between Trump and Turnbull, where the former later went on Twitter and called the US deal a “dumb” deal. Turns out calling the deal “dumb” and “stupid” was the least of our worries…

 

PARTICULARLY NOTABLE QUOTES:

– Turnbull explained, repeatedly, that the US was only obligated to look at taking 1,250-2,000 “basically economic refugees from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan”

– “Why haven’t you let them out?” Trump asked. “Why have you not let them into your society?”

“OK,” said Turnbull, “I will explain why. It is not because they are bad people. It is because in order to stop people smugglers, we had to deprive them of the product. So we said if you try to come to Australia by boat, even if we think you are the best person in the world, even if you are a Noble [sic] Prize-winning genius, we will not let you in. Because the problem with the people –”

Trump interjected, to say: “That is a good idea. We should do that too. You are worse than I am.”

JOIN US ON FRIDAY 4 AUGUST, 5:30 AT THE STATE LIBRARY TO STAND UP FOR REFUGEE RIGHTS IN AUSTRALIA

 

Guardian Article: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/03/donald-trump-malcolm-turnbull-refugees-australia-phone-call

Facebook event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/786453751534960/