Protest One Year of Operation Sovereign Borders

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Low Resolution: Oct 11 refugee rally
High Resolution: Oct 11 refugee rally
Please note DATE CHANGE to 2pm Saturday October 11, State Library, corner of Swanston and La Trobe Sts Melbourne. We have shifted our rally because GetUp! and environment NGO’s have called a large climate mobilisation for Sept 21, we didn’t want to clash. The new date also coincides with a big refugee rally in Sydney.

Speakers include:
Ged Kearney – president Australian Council of Trade Unions
Reza Yarahmadi – Iranian refugee
Youhorn Chea – President Cambodian Association of Victoria, Cambodian refugee, and Dandenong Councillor
Asil Hadi – Iraqi refugee
Adam Bandt MP – deputy Greens leader
Lisa Chesters – ALP MP for Bendigo
Rally co-chairs: Mohammad Ali Baqiri – Afghan refugee,
and Chris Breen – Refugee Action Collective

Scott Morrison and Tony Abbott’s war on refugees has been going on for almost a year now – after Kevin Rudd’s PNG deal paved the way for them. This war has seen Reza Barati murdered,  one asylum seeker shot, one have his throat cut and two men lose their eyes in unprovoked attacks on asylum seekers on Manus Island by those who should have been responsible for their safety. Asylum seekers have been directly returned to their persecutors in Sri Lanka. 157 Tamil asylum seekers were kept prisoner in cramped windowless berths on the high seas for a month, Scott Morrison was unable to force them to India, but has now dumped them on Nauru. Rates of self-harm and mental health problems in detention are skyrocketing, they approach 50% on Manus Island. Children and babies are being kept on the hell-hole of Nauru, without access to decent education. Onshore and offshore detention and deterrence is costing close to $4 billion per year. Refugee policy sees new outrages every day. We are extremely concerned that Australia is about to bribe Cambodia with $40 million dollars to take people seeking refuge in Australia – it would be cheaper and more humane to resettle those refugees in Australia.

We hope you can join us in making the October 11 rally to stop the war on refugees a successful event.

*No Boat Tow Backs
*No Offshore or Onshore Detenion
*Process Permanent Claims Now
*Scrap Operation Sovereign Borders

What you can do:

Please join and share the Facebook event

Bring a contingent to the rally: Bring people with you, invite your friends, family, workmates, fellow students, people from your union, community group or place of worship. Bring signs, banners, and symbols of your organisation (eg union flags)

Publicise the rally: Print the attached poster to display forward this email, or contact RAC for posters or flyers to distribute in you area

Make a donation: Refugee Action Collective Commonwealth Bank BSB: 063 262, Account 1025 2396 Send cheques to PO Box 578 Carlton South, Vic 3053.

Get your organisation to endorse the rally: email

Organised by the Refugee Action Collective, endorsed by:
Organised by the Refugee Action Collective, endorsed by: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, The Victorian Greens, Refugee Advocacy Network, Tamil Coordinating Committee of Australasia, Tamil Refugee Council, Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project, Maritime Union of Australia, Communication Workers Union P&T VIC General, Communication Workers Union (T&S) Victoria, National Tertiary Education Union, Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia, Australia-Tamil Solidarity, Writers For Refugees, Kommonground, Pax Christi (Vic), The Office for Justice & Peace Catholic & MCMRO Archdiocese of Melbourne, Daylesford Rural Australians for Refugees, Queenscliff Rural Australians for Refugees, Hampton Asylum-Seeker Support Association, Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, Diaspora Action Australia, ChilOut, Geelong Trades Hall Council, Fitzroy Learning Network, Solidarity, Catholic Migration & Refugee Office , Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative, Geelong Refugee Action and Information Network, The Central Victorian Refugee Network, Australia-Asia Worker Links