Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

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

Archives February 2016


> Refuge Action Coalition
> PNG lawyer, Ben Lomai, will today (Friday, 2 February) file another
> 287 submissions from Manus Island asylum seekers to join them to a PNG
> Supreme Court constitutional challenge to the Manus Island detention
> centre and the denial of their human rights.
> This second tranche of submissions takes the total number of asylum
> seekers joined to the case to around 600.
> A third tranche is expected to be filed in March and will effectively
> mean all of the asylum seekers will be a party to the action to
> enforce their rights under the PNG constitution.
> Besides the constitutionality of the agreement to establish the
> detention centre, asylum seekers are seeking orders regarding their
> imprisonment without charge; being denied access to lawyers; denied
> due legal process; subjected to abuse and torture, etc.
> A ‘status conference’ on Monday 29 February in Port Moresby is
> expected to set a date for the Supreme Court hearing of the challenge.
> The constitutionality of the Memorandum of Understanding between PNG
> and Australia, that initially established the detention centre, is
> also being considered by the Supreme Court in a matter brought by the
> Opposition leader Beldan Nemah.
> A decision in that matter is expected to be handed down very soon.
> The PNG Constitutional Challenge has drawn a lot of attention in light
> of the recent Australian High Court decision finding that offshore
> detention on Nauru was legal under Australian law. That decision also
> affected 34 asylum seekers from Manus Island who were attached to the
> case.
> In the aftermath of the Australian High Court finding, a “Let Them
> Stay” campaign is demanding that the Turnbull government allow all 267
> asylum seekers attached to that court case be allowed to remain in
> Australia.
> For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

Upcoming Stalls – volunteers welcome!

The Refugee Action Collective runs about two stalls every week, where our aim is to engage with the general public around the issues that asylum seekers and refugees face in Australia and its offshore detention centres.

We sell items such as badges and books, have petitions for people to sign, and generally try to engage people in meaningful conversations about these issues.

Because the mainstream media rarely reports on the truth, our task is to go to people directly and present them with the facts.

New people are always very welcome and appreciated at these stalls, and advice and guidance can be provided if you would like to come along and help.


If you would like to help out at one of these stalls (or run your own in your suburb!) please contact Helen at 0406 728 091


Upcoming stalls for 2018:

Weekly Thursday stalls alternate between the following locations:
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Weekly Saturday stalls alternate between the following locations:
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Saturday 10th Feb Stall is cancelled – come to the Sustainable Living Festival instead! See details on upcoming events page

6pm 27 Feb | Speak out against Turnbull: Let Them Stay!

Speak out against Turnbull: Let Them Stay!

When: 6pm Saturday 27th February

Where: Corner of Swanston and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten will be speaking at the Greek festival in Lonsdale St.

Despite Immigration Minister Dutton’s backdown that saw baby Asha released to community detention, the Turnbull government continues to insit that she and all 267 vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees will be returned to Nauru. Turnbull has also rejected the State Premiers’ offers of resettlement.

Come and tell Turbull in person to Let Them Stay,and to Close Manus and Nauru.

We will have flyers in English and Greek putting the case to Let Them Stay, and have approached people from Greek community organisations to help lead the protest. Our speak out from 6pm will be outside the festival itself (Turnbull is said to be speaking at 7pm). We will have a RAC stall from 5.30pm, to hand out flyers and distribute placards to Welcome Refugees & Let Them Stay, We encourage those attending the festival to take placards to Turnbull’s speech.

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Call Lucy for more info 0404 728 104