Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Free the refugees! Let them land, let them stay!

Archives September 2013

Public Meeting: The True Story of a People Smuggler – with author Robin De Crespginy


6.30 pm  Thur October 3
201 Napier St, Fitzroy, Victoria 70619

The Refugee Action Collective presents a forum with author Robin De Crespigny. Her prize winning book “The People Smuggler” is the true story of why one man fled Saddam Hussain’s regime to become both a refugee and a people smuggler. But it is also the story of why refugees will risk so much to find safety in Australia, and how Australian deterrence policies have made those risks greater. As Abbott begins Operation Sovereign Borders, Ali Al Jenabi’s story gives us an invaluable insight into the human impact of anti-refugee policies like the criminalisation of people smugglers, mandatory detention and the life destroying temporary protection visa programs.

Entry by gold coin donation – All Welcome!

Call Kalinda 0423 507 373 or Ben 0402 766 009 for more info

Statement from Crossing Borders on Asylum Seeker Policy

RAC received this statement outlining a campaign launched by the Victorian chapter of Crossing Borders, a national project of the Australian Medical Students Organisation. Seven hundred and fifty medical students across Monash, Melbourne and Deakin universities signed the statement voicing opposition to the indefinite detention of recognised refugees who are given adverse security assessments by ASIO.

Shaday Wheatley, Advocacy Officer at Crossing Borders notes: “The profound effects of detention of on the health of refugees and asylum seekers have long been established – an effect that increases exponentially the longer a person is in detention. A policy that keeps refugees, including children less than 10 years of age, in detention indefinitely is in direct violation of Australia’s commitment to the UN Refugee Convention and reflects an alarming trend away from policies that mitigate negative health outcomes for refugees and asylum seekers. The medical students of Victoria feel it is our professional responsibility to add our voices to the chorus that is condemning the health consequences of this policy.”

Crossing Borders Statement on refugee policy

Stop Abbott, not the boats – Rally to Let the Refugees In! 1pm Sat Sept 21 State Library

RAC Rally 21 Sept – Flyer – version 11 Sept(3)

Stop Abbott – not the boats

Seeking asylum is a human right


• Stop the PNG Deal – no offshore processing
• Permanent residency not TPV’s
• Welcome refugees – Don’t turn back boats
• End mandatory detention – Stop deportations

endorsed by

• Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
• Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project
• Ballarat ARA Circle of Friends
• Crossing Borders
• Textile Clothing And Footwear Union of Australia
• Kommonground
• Humanitarian Crisis Hub


For more information contact Chris 0403 013 183 or Liz 0405 736 265