Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Upcoming Events

6:30pm Dec 1 | Forum: The US Resettlement Deal: What does it really mean?

6:30pm Dec 1 | Forum: The US Resettlement Deal: What does it really mean?

When: 6:30pm Thursday 1st December

Where: Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

multicultural hub

The Coalition government’s proposed resettlement deal with the US is an admission that Manus and Nauru are a dead end, but it is too shallow and too uncertain. The deal looks increasingly likely to only include small numbers of refugees at best. Prime Minister Turnbull is instead now talking about the possibility of a deal with corrupt Malaysian Prime Minister Najib. Malaysia is not a signatory to the UN refugee convention. Such talk is a further indication that the US deal (even if not scrapped by Trump) will not be a solution for the majority of those imprisoned offshore.

Come to a forum that will discuss the details of the US refugee deal, and why we must still raise the demand to #BringThemHere.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/320226231694287/

Upcoming Stalls – volunteers welcome!

Upcoming Stalls – volunteers welcome!

The Refugee Action Collective runs about two stalls every week, where our aim is to engage with the general public around the issues that asylum seekers and refugees face in Australia and its offshore detention centres.

We sell items such as badges and books, have petitions for people to sign, and generally try to engage people in meaningful conversations about these issues.

New people are always very welcome and appreciated at these stalls, and advice and guidance can be provided if you would like to come along and help.

 

If you would like to help out at one of these stalls (or run your own in your suburb!) please contact Peter at 0409 866 414

 

Upcoming stalls:

 ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL – SWANSTON ST AND FLINDERS

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STH MELBOURNE MARKET CORNER CECIL AND COVENTRY STREET

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VIC MARKET CORNER THIERRY AND ELIZABETH ST

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NSW Young Labor Left withdraw support from ALP candidates who do not oppose mandatory detention and offshore processing

The Refugee Action Collective is heartened by the important stance of the NSW Young Labor Left to withdraw support for campaigns of ALP parliamentary candidates who do not publically oppose mandatory detention and offshore processing. Their media release is below:

 

Media Release                                                                                    May 26 2014

NSW Young Labor Left

 

On Sunday NSW Young Labor Left held a caucus meeting where it was resolved that the organisation would “collectively and openly withdraws its support” from the campaigns of any Labor parliamentary candidate that does not publicly declare their opposition to the mandatory detention and offshore processing of asylum seekers.

 

For too long the support of the Youth wing of the Labour movement has been seen as unconditional to those that represent us in the Parliamentary caucus. NSW Young Labor Left will not doorknock, letterbox or make calls on behalf of any candidate that does not support an end to the indefinite imprisonment of asylum seekers in detention centres, and encourages rank and file activists from Young Labor all around the country to move similar motions in their respective branches, with a view to putting pressure on the leadership from the ground up.

 

“The motivation behind this motion is making the Senior Party realise that there is significant Rank and File dissent over this issue. Our party currently supports the incarceration of over 1100 children in offshore detention centres.” said mover of the motion and Young Labor Left member Peter Landi. “Processing asylum seekers within the community, rather than in places where they are simultaneously at risk of being assaulted by G4s security guards, subject to dengue fever outbreaks, and in proximity to unexploded mines, should be a policy priority”

 

Australia’s current refugee policies constitute a gross abuse of human rights, and are in violation of International Law. NSW Young Labor Left recognises that the ALP has blood on its hand on this issue, and supports the motion moved by Melissa Parke and seconded by Anna Burke that will be discussed in the Federal Parliamentary Caucus tomorrow that would make the closure of offshore detention centres ALP policy.

 

NSW Young Labor Left recognise that MP’s are bound to vote by the party on the floor of parliament, but from this point on candidates that do not make public their opposition to Australia’s shameful policies will not enjoy the logistical support of the youth movement that they rely on so much for their campaigns.

 

“The ALP, through the adoption of inhumane policy for political expediency, allowed the Liberal Party to push public discourse further to the right and away from Australia’s moral obligations to some of the most desperate and helpless people in the world.” said Pedram Mohseni, Young Labor member.

 

It is time that our party’s leaders started moving this debate forward rather than pandering to misinformed debate, slogans, and xenophobia. When they start leading us forward, we will follow, until then we are on strike.

Media Contact: Peter Landi 0449 022 775