Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

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2pm 9 April | Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees

When: 2-5pm 9 April 2017

Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

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Download pdf flyer  2017 Palm Sunday Flyer

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The 2017 Melbourne Walk For Justice For Refugees will be on Sunday April 9 at 2pm, commencing at the State Library (music from 1.30pm).

Detention on Manus Island was declared illegal in April last year, but people are still being held there. Refugees trapped on Manus and Nauru are approaching their forth year on the detention islands. The US refugee deal remains uncertain, no-one has yet been offered resettlement. The humane thing to do is to #BringThemHere.

Also, over 30,000 refugees are living on Bridging Visas in our community with their futures in limbo. They are only eligible for Temporary Protecion Visas. Many families are separated by the harsh system, and people despair of ever being reunited. Many fear being deported to danger under the governments new Fast Track Assessment process.

The refugee movement is shifting public opinion, a majority are now opposed to the continuing detention of refugees on Manus and Nauru. An estimated 15,000 people attended the 2016 Palm Sunday Walk for Justice. We want the 2017 gathering to be bigger still. Let’s try and make this year the end of offshore processing. Bring your family, friends, and workmates, bring banner and signs.

To add your organisation’s endorsement, email Marie at

For more info call Marie Hapke 0409 252 673
or Chris Breen 0403 013 183

Endorsed by:
Academics for Refugees
Anglican Diocese of Melbourne
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Australian Greens Victoria
Australian Hazara Women’s Friendship Network Inc
Australian Jewish Democratic Society
Australian Manufacturing Workers
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
Australian Services Union – Victorian and Tasmanian Authorities and Services Branch
Australian Services Union – Private Sector Branch
Australian Student Christian Movement
Australian Unemployed Workers Union Australian Unions for Western Sahara
Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association
Black Sash Australia
Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project
Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA)
Central Victorian Refugee Support Network
CFMEU – Vic/Tas Branch
Combined Refugee Action Group
CPSU – Community and Public Sector Union Victoria
Diaspora Action Australia
Doctors for Refugees
East Gippsland Asylum Seekers Support GroupEthnic Communities Council of Victoria
Eureka Street
Fair Go For Pensioners Coalition Victoria Inc
Freedom Socialist Party
Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children
Grandmothers Against the Detention of Refugee Children (GADRC) Bendigo
Hobsons Bay Refugee Network
Humanist Society of Victoria Inc.
Iranian Womens Association
Islamic Council of Victoria
Jesuit Social Services
Jews For Refugees
Labor for Refugees
Love Makes A Way
Melbourne Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office
Melbourne City Churches In Action (MCCIA)
Melbourne Radical Women
Migrante Australia
Mission to Seafarers
Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group
Mums for Refugees
National Tertiary Education Union
National Council of Churches of Australia (NAAC)
Office for Justice & Peace, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
Pax Christi Victoria
Philippines Australia Solidarity Association (PASA)
Refugee Action Collective (RAC)
Refugee Council of Australia
Rural Australians for Refugees – Aireys Inlet
Rural Australians for Refugees – Alpine
Rural Australians for Refugees – Castlemaine
Rural Australians for Refugees – Ballarat
Rural Australians for Refugees – Bendigo
Rural Australians for Refugees – Grampians/Gariwerd
Rural Australians for Refugees -Healesville
Rural Australians for Refugees – Macedon Ranges
Rural Australians for Refugees – Queenscliff
Rural Australians for Refugees (National)
Rural Australians for Refugees Warrnambool
Shamama Association of Australia
Socialist Alliance
Socialist Alternative
Teachers for Refugees
Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Victoria Regional Meeting Inc.
The Salvation Army (Australian Southern Territory)
Union of Australian Women
Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
Victorian Afghan Associations Network
Victorian Council of Churches
Victorian Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Council
Victorian Trades Hall Council
Wesley Mission Victoria
Young Mercy Links



Refugee Action Coalition



Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi and Mohammad, arrested and bashed by up to 10 PNG police and immigration officers last night (New Years eve) on Manus Island are still in police custody 24 hours later.

Neither of the refugees has been seen by doctors or received any medical attention for what appear to be serious injuries.


The refugees have confirmed to the Refugee Action Coalition that they were first approached around 8pm, by PNG Immigration officers who told them they had no right to be outside of the detention centre.

The Immigration officers were quickly joined by PNG police, who began to assault the refugees – beating their head, face, neck and back

Neither have had received any pain relief. Mehdi says he believes that his wrist and jaw may be broken; while Mohammed is suffering severe headache and pain and thinks his nose is broken.

“Ultimately the refugees are Australia’s responsibility. We are calling on the Australian government and the PNG police to ensure that the arrested refugees get immediate medical treatment,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“It is a bad enough that refugees are arbitrarily arrested and bashed on Manus. Denying medical  medical treatment to refugees is also part and parcel of systemic failure of Australia’s offshore detention regime.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713