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

E-Petition in response to new restricting onshore detention visiting conditions

Please sign the petition here to say ‘no’ to new and restricting visiting conditions in Australia’s onshore detention centres.

Copied from the petition:

Petition Details

EN0480

To the Hon. Speaker of the House of Representatives and Members of the House of Representatives

Certain citizens of Australia

Onshore immigration detention centres around Australia have recently implemented new, harsher visiting conditions.These conditions are part of a long-term trend of tightening conditions, including reducing the length of visits, limiting items permitted into visits (e.g. banning fresh foods), and complicating the booking process. The most recent changes include limiting visit bookings to one detainee per visit rather than groups, booking visits five business days in advance, and providing 100 points of identification both on application and arrival. Bringing games and art supplies is now also forbidden. These changes are implemented by the Australian Border Force through their contractors, Serco, as security and safety measures. However, there has been no effective community consultation, or apparent consideration of their impact on the detainees’ mental health and social wellbeing. Significant negative effects of these changes include: removing the positive contribution of group visits which facilitate overcoming language barriers and increasing the frequency of visits for detainees; enforcing the use of a convoluted and unreliable booking system; and requiring forms of ID that many visitors cannot easily provide. These changes appear to serve no purpose beyond deterring visitors and isolating detainees.

We, the undersigned, request the House of Representatives to direct the Home Affairs Ministry to stop and roll back the current, unsustainable, visiting procedures in detention centres. We further request effective community consultation be put in place regarding any future changes to visits, and to discuss the easing of past changes.

 

 

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.

Because the mainstream media rarely reports on the truth, our task is to go to people directly and present them with the facts.

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 Helen at 0406 728 091

 

Upcoming stalls for 2018:

Weekly Thursday stalls alternate between the following locations:
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Weekly Saturday stalls alternate between the following locations:
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Saturday 10th Feb Stall is cancelled – come to the Sustainable Living Festival instead! See details on upcoming events page