1pm 18 June | Rally: Close Manus, Close Nauru, Bring Them Here! – No Votes In Abuse

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When: 1pm 18th June [PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME]

Where: State Library, corner of Swanston and LaTrobe Streets

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Join us for a World Refugee Day rally, two weeks before a likely federal election.

The last few months have seen a renewed growth in support for refugees, through the #LetThemStay camaign to keep the 267 refugees from Manus and Nauru in Australia. So far the Turnbull government has not dared attempt to send any one of the asylum seekers back. However Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is still insisting that they will be sent back http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-04/about-90-children-to-be-returned-to-nauru-peter-dutton-says/7297320. We demand that the government let the 267 apply for visas in Australia, and close the camps for good.

With an election likely on 2 July, we need to keep up the pressure and deepen the movement for refugee rights to demand that Manus and Nauru together with all the detention camps are closed, and that the major parties end their support for the detention and punishment of refugees.

Speakers include:
Sarah Hanson-Young – Greens Senator & Refugee spokesperson
Mohammad Baqiri – refugee activist and Afghan refugee
Speaker from Victorian Trades Hall Council
Louise Newman – Professor of Psychiatry
Dr Barri Phataford – Doctors for Refugees
Angelica Panopoulos – High school student

Endorsed by:
Victorian Trades Hall Council
Australian Greens Victoria
Labor For Refugees
Australia-Asia Worker Links
Melbourne Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office
Victorian Afgsan Associations Network
Shamama Association
Office for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Archdiocese
Australian Jewish Democratic Society
Comedians for Refugees
Doctors for Refugees
People for Human Rights and Equality
Stormy Waters – Asylum Seeker Goodwil
Australian Western Sahara Association
Combined Refugee Action Group
Rural Australians For Refugees
Warrnambool Rural Australians For Refugees
Queenscliff RAR
Central Victorian Refugee Support network
Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association
Pax Christi Victoria
Refugee Advocacy Network
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Refugee Action Collective
Grandmothers Against The Detention of Refugee Children
Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria & Tasmania
Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum
Jesuit Social Services
Combined Refugee Action Group Geelong

email refuigeeactioncollective@gmail.com

Close Manus
Close Nauru
Bring Them Here

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1718804361696026/