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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

Emergency Protest – Don’t send baby Ferouz and mother Latifa back to Nauru‏

1pm, Sat 30th November – Corner of Bourke & Swanston st


Newborn baby Ferouz and his family face the threat of being returned to Nauru. “When she is in a fit state to return to Nauru then that’s what will occur” said Immigration minister Scott Morrison. 

The Nauru detention center and its extreme heat, is not a fit place for an adult, let alone a new born baby and other children. Latifa said “We don’t think the kids going to survive if they’re returned there, even seven-year-old and four-year-old there we are always crying and they don’t eat the food and they find very difficult”.

Latifa also has diabetes, and is recovering from a Caesarean operation. Early separation from her child has impacted on Ferouz ability to breastfeed and he will rely on sterile bottles in Nauru. The Nauru detention centre does not have adequate conditions for proper sterilisation.

Join this protest to demand all families and children are brought back from the island, as the first step to closing detention on Nauru completely.
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Call Lucy 0404 728 104 or Amanda 0423 013 245 for more info

END OF YEAR VIGIL FOR ASIO ‘NEGATIVE’ REFUGEES

47 people found to be genuine refugees remain imprisoned indefinitely on the basis of politically motivated ’negative’ ASIO security assessments. They include Ranjini and her three children. These refugees have committed no crime, had no trial and face no charges. Many have been imprisoned for over 4 years, the majority suffer from severe mental health issues according to Ombudsman’s reports. They have no legal right to appeal their security assessments as is available to Australian citizens.

These are Australia’s political prisoners, most are Tamils from Sri Lanka. ASIO suddenly started dishing out negative security clearances for refugees from Sri Lanka after the Oceanic Viking stand off in 2009, and Rudd’s announcement of a processing freeze for Sri Lankan asylum seekers in early 2010. The decision to imprison these refugees is a political one, not a criminal one. Two of these refugee attempted suicide in recent months. Many of them are imprisoned at Broadmeadows detention centre – join us for an end of year vigil to fight for their rights.

NO INDEFINITE DETENTION
NO ASIO VETO ON REFUGEES
Monday Dec 16 from 7pm at MITA Broadmeadows
detention center, 120 – 150 Camp Rd Broadmeadows

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call Chris 0403 013 183 or visit http://rac-vic.org for more info