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1pm Sat Aug 24
State Library corner Latrobe and Swanston Sts Melbourne
Rudd’s plan to shut out asylum seekers backed whole heartedly by Tony Abbott, is the logical conclusion of the ‘Pacific Solution’ begun by the Howard government. It is an attempt to create a Fortress Australia, to shut the door to anyone arriving by boat.
That a Labor government would be so brutal has mobilised thousands of pro-refugee supporters across Australia. Labor’s deal with PNG, the Refugee Resettlement Arrangement is already looking shaky – it’s not a legal agreement (though almost certainly in breach of Australian law), it only says that asylum seekers are “liable” to be sent, the proposed mega-detention centre for 3000 won’t be built in the next year because of logistical difficulties and arguments amongst vested interests about who will profit from it – all this makes it vulnerable to a concerted campaign.
Rudd’s plan can be beaten, we will need to keep up the fight both before and after the election. Our next major pre-election rally is planned for August 24 – download the poster, put it up in your workplace, uni, school, or home – help get the word out – Stop the PNG ‘solution’ – Stop the Scapegoating – Let the Refugees In!