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Archives November 2018

2:30pm Tues Nov 20 | RAC contingent at Teachers Walk off for Nauru & Manus

When: 2:30-4:30pm, Tuesday 20th November 2018

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

Facebook event here

On Nov 20 contingents of teachers with the backing of their union will be walking off work for #kidsoffalloff, calling to bring all the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru here.

The teachers are encouraging non-teachers to participate in solidarity. The Refugee Action Collective will march with them to show our support for this important initiative.

The teachers’ event can be found here

for more info call Lucy from Teachers for Refugees 0404728104


Yesterday, Tuesday 6 November, 32 people on Manus Island received answers to their applications for resettlement in the US.

Only nine of the 32 were accepted – four Rohingyans, three Afghans, one Tamil, two Pakistanis.

The only Iranian in this most recent list was rejected by the US. There were no Somalis, or Sudanese on the list.

The rejection of the Iranian refugee continues this year’s pattern of the US rejecting Iranian refugees from Manus and Nauru refugees.

What stands out from this particular list, that also indicates the exhaustion of the US resettlement deal, is that 72 per cent of refugees have been rejected.

A total of 467 refugees – 300 from Nauru and 167 from Manus – have so far been resettled in the United States.  Around 20 Manus refugees are in Port Moresby waiting to go to the US, and a similar number are waiting in Nauru. But this leaves over 1000 people in offshore camps who have no resettlement options.

“It is ludicrous for Scott Morrison to continue to say the government is relying on the US deal,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition,  “It is just as ludicrous for Labor to pretend that it has third country resettlement options.

“With the US deal all but finished, New Zealand is the only third country option and it is offering to take just 150 people.

“It is obvious that the conditions on Nauru and Manus have created as much of a medical emergency among the adult refugees as among the children. There is an urgent need to evacuate both offshore detention camps and bring all the refugees and asylum seekers to Australia for medical assessment and protection.”

The Refugee Action Coalition has called a protest on 5pm, Tuesday, 20 November, 5.00pm, Customs House, Circular Quay to call for “First the Kids, Now, Everyone Off Nauru and Manus.”

The protest will coincide with teacher walk-off actions in Melbourne and Sydney on the same day – the deadline set by the World Vision #KidsOffNauru campaign for the government to have all children and their families off Nauru.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713