Refugee supporters demand an end to Mandatory Detention

Despite the hot weather, 350 dedicated supporters of refugee rights rallied in Melbourne on Saturday demanding an end to mandatory detention and saying loudly and proudly that refugees are welcome in Australia.

Speakers included Aran Vaganam (Tamil Coordinating Committee), Louise Newman (Alliance of Health Professionals for Refugees), Mukhtar (Hazara refugee), Berhan Ahmed (The Greens), Brigid Arthur (Brigidine Asyslum Seeker Project), Steve Dargavel (Australian Manufacturing Workers Union), Mahendra Kusumawardhana (Indonesian Refugee Activist) and Kate Jeffreys (Labor 4 Refugees.)

More photos here.

We hope to see you in December in Sydney for the rally outside the ALP Conference which will be crucial to the debate on offshore processing.