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

URGENT: Vigil + Protest for Rohingyan refugee killed on Manus Island


Join the Refugee Action Collective for a vigil + protest to mark the death of yet another refugee on Manus Island.

– Shawfikul Islam, Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation
more tbc

A thirty two Rohingyan refugee has died on Manus on Tuesday May 22.

Reports indicate he was killed after jumping from a moving bus. Refugees on Manus believe it was most likely suicide.

The Rohingyan refugee had suffered for a long time with a medical problem, for which had previously been medivacced to Australia for treatment in 2014 only to be returned Manus.

This young man survived persecution in his home country only to be killed by the cruel policies of the Australian government.

We must be very clear: the Australian government is responsible for his death. He, and the thousands of refugees who have been illegally detained on Manus and Nauru should never have been sent there.

The death of this man is one more reason to evacuate Manus Island and Nauru immediately and bring all refugees and asylum seekers to Australia.

This death brings the total deaths on Manus Island to seven.(Another three have died on Nauru.)

We ask that people attending the vigil bring flowers if they can. During the Manus protests last year, this Rohingyan man would hold flowers to appeal for support.

For more info call Liz Walsh 0405 736 265 or Chris Breen 0403 013 183

Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time | RAC film screening fundraiser

Friday June 15, 6:30 – 8:30pm

RMIT University, Building 80, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Link to Facebook Event:

Refugee Action Collective Victoria presents:

Chaulka, Please Tell Us The Time, a documentary co-directed by Behrooz Boochani and Arash Kamali Sarvestani.

This incredible and deeply moving documentary captures life inside the Manus Island immigration detention centre. It was filmed on a mobile phone by Behrooz Boochani who has been detained on the island since August 2013.

It also features fascinating interviews with Manus locals about their attitudes to Australian colonialism and the detention centre on their land.

Chaulka is the name of the tropical bird native to Manus. It’s also the name of a solitary confinement cell used by guards to punish refugees.

The regional processing centre in the film was closed in late 2017 after the PNG and Australian government authorities lay siege to the hundreds of refugees remaining inside. They were resisting being moved to new prisons on Manus Island and demanding they be brought to Australia or evacuated to a safe country.

Most of the men remain in detention on Manus Island.

The film will be introduced by Liam Ward, RAC member & lecturer in cinema at RMIT. The screening will be followed by discussion.

Entry by donation.

This is a fundraiser for the Refugee Action Collective Vic. Our funds are getting low! To continue the important work of building a movement for refugee rights, we are asking our supporters to help.

For more info call Liz Walsh 0405 736 265

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

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