Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Upcoming Events

2pm 10 Dec | Accept Rohingya Refugees – Human Rights Day Rally

2pm 10 Dec | Accept Rohingya Refugees – Human Rights Day Rally

When: 2-4pm Sunday 10 December

Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St Melbourne

Join RAC on human rights day, Dec 10 to demand that Australia

• Take at least 20,000 Rohingya Refugees
• Bring Them Here – bring around 200 Rohingya & all refugees on Manus & Nauru here
• End offshore processing

Speakers will include Rohingya refugee & speaker from the Islamic council, more details tba

Over 500,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. After public outcry Australia took 12,000 Syrian refugees, but echoing Abbott’s “nope, nope, nope”, the Coalition government has said they will take “not one” Rohingya refugee from the crisis in Australia’s backyard.

Around 200 Rohingya refugees who cannot return home remain imprisoned by Australia on Manus and Nauru. Over four cruel years is enough, they and the other refugees must be urgently evacuated from Manus, and brought here.

For more info phone call Chris 0403 013 183

Facebook page 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 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

‘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/