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
April 14 | Walk for Justice for Refugees – Palm Sunday 2019

April 14 | Walk for Justice for Refugees – Palm Sunday 2019

When: 2pm, Sunday 14th April 2019

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

Facebook event here

(Organised by the Palm Sunday organising group)

Printable leaflet here
Printable poster here

JOIN THE PALM SUNDAY Walk for Justice for Refugees on Sunday 14 April 2019
– For a Fair and Welcoming Society
– Close Manus & Nauru, Bring Them Here

Join with people from community groups, faith groups, unions, and political organisations on Palm Sunday to stand up for refugees.

In the run up to the federal election join the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice and help deliver the message to all politicians that we want a fair society that welcomes refugees.

It took over five years, but almost all children are now off Nauru. This is a result of the pressure of the refugee movement on the politicians who said they would never come here. Now we need to get everyone off Manus and Nauru.

Australia’s treatment of refugees continues to be inhumane and unjust:
• Over 1000 people on Nauru and Manus are still languishing offshore, with no prospects for permanent resettlement. The US deal will not provide for all of these people – they need to be brought to safety.
• The Australian Government is not offering permanent protection to the children and their families being brought here from Nauru – so their uncertainty continues, and the government is still refusing the New Zealand offer to provide permanent protection. Many of the children and families from Nauru are now held in detention centres here, or in community detention.
• Hundreds of people continue to be held in on-shore detention centres – some for more than 9 years
• Over 16,000 people are still on Bridging visas in the community, with uncertain futures
• The Government is continuing to deport people to danger, and thousands of people live with the threat of deportation. These include the Biloela family, and Huyen who may be indefinitely separated from her young baby, who have now be held in detention for many months
• Young people who have grown up here and have permanent residency are being held in detention, and some have been sent back to countries where they have never lived
• Thousands of people face destitution as the government withdraws income and housing support to vulnerable people, who have difficulty getting full time employment, having been denied the right to work for many years.
Australia must honour its commitments under the Refugee Convention, embrace decency and fairness and provide permanent protection for refugees.
• Seeking asylum is a human right, but people seeking asylum by boat continue to be turned back; and UNHCR recognised refugees stuck in Indonesia for many years without the right to work, education, or health care are currently banned from coming to Australia.

Stand up for a fair and welcoming society by joining the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees in 2019

Invite your friends, and share through your social media networks.

To endorse the rally email

call Marie Hapke 0409 252 673 or Chris Breen 0403 013 183 or visit for more information

6:30pm Mon Jan 21 | Forum: From Kids Off to All Off- How can we close the camps?

6:30pm Mon Jan 21 | Forum: From Kids Off to All Off- How can we close the camps?

When: 6:30pm Monday 21st January 2019

Where: ANMF Vic Branch, 535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

Facebook event here

In 2018 the campaign to get #KidsOffNauru won significant support, and put huge pressure on the Liberals to bring children and families from Nauru to Australia. But there are still 3 children and hundreds of refugees on Manus and Nauru. Come along to this RAC forum to discuss the nature of the crisis on Manus and Nauru, and what we can do keep momentum building close the camps for good.
Speakers TBA

For more info call Lucy 0404728104


Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis

Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis

Refugee supporters will rally on Human Rights Day, 6.30pm December 10 in the Bourke St Mall, calling to end offshore processing and bring the refugees here.

The rally will also call on MPs to back the Phelps refugee bill when federal parliament resumes in February.

‘Morrison filibustered yesterday, but offshore processing is unravelling. Morrison escaped defeat on the floor of parliament only by using delaying manouevers. When parliament resumes he faces defeat over refugees, something he has staked his political career on.’ said Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective

‘Kerryn Phelps’ bill would have brought all children and families from Nauru, and allowed the medical transfer of adults to Australia from the offshore prisons.’

‘As Morrison delays, the medical crisis on Manus and Nauru worsens. A twenty-eight year old Iraqi refugee is dying in the Pacific International Hospital. Two more acutely ill refugees were medevacced from Manus to Port Moresby on Wednesday (5 Dec 5) joining 10 other refugees already in the Pacific International Hospital. Three more in Lorengau Hospital need urgent transfers. A refugee attempted suicide yesterday (Dec 6) and was transferred to hospital. Three refugees on Manus Island attempted suicide on Monday (Dec 3) this week.’

‘Labor’s support for Phelps bill was welcome and has exposed both Morrison’s callousness, and the precarious nature of his minority government. It is the first time since 2006 Labor has been prepared to vote against the Coalition on refugees. Morrison accused Labor of backflipping on the issue, but so too has he as he has brought children off Nauru under the pressure of the refugee movement.’

‘Refugee supporters are rallying on Human Rights Day, to keep up the pressure to end the offshore crisis, and close the hellholes. The rally will also call on Labor to shift policy at its upcoming ALP National Conference to abandon support for offshore processing. If Labor was to shift, it would signal the end for offshore processing, and ramp up pressure on Morrison to end the offshore medical crisis now.’

Speakers include:

David Manne – Refugee Legal Executive Director

Tris Maridiastuty – Board Member responsible for refugees and human rights at the Islamic Council of Victoria

Shawfikul Islam – Rohingya refugee

Aziz, live cross from Manus

Mehdi, live cross from Nauru

Pauline Brown, Labor for Refugees

Call Chris Breen from the Refugee Action Collective on 0403 013 183 for further comment