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Category 2013 Media Releases

Media release – Dec 3, 2013 – TPV Senate vote is victory for refugees – permanent processing must begin

TPV Senate vote is victory for refugees  – permanent processing must begin


In a win for refugees, the Labor has backed a Greens motion to disallow Temporary Protection Visas (TPV’s).  


“TPVs are cruel and unnecessary punishment for seeking asylum, they leave refugees in limbo, making it hard for them to find work, or establish new lives. TPVs allow no access to family reunion. When TPVs were first introduced under Howard, asylum seekers families were left with no way to reunite other than by boat. The 353 people who died in the SIEV X tragedy were mostly women and children, as a result of Howard’s TPVs” said Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective


“Stopping TPVs will make a real difference to people’s lives.”


“The Senate vote is a tribute to the efforts of the refugee rights movement, and strengthens hope that we can force the Coalition back on offshore processing, and mandatory detention.”


“We welcome Labor’s professed concern for women and children, but if they were really concerned for families they would end their support for processing families on the hell hole of Nauru, and abandon support for offshore processing “


“The Senate vote coming hot on the heels of Indonesia’s decision to stop cooperating with Australia on asylum policy, the Nielsen poll showing 50% of voters disapprove of Coalition asylum seeker policy, and the Gonski back flip, is evidence of an Abbott government in disarray unable to implement its cruel and unworkable policies.” said Breen


Despite the vote, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement that asylum seekers “…will not be getting permanent protection visas from the Coalition. The government will be making further announcements on this matter to confirm the denial of permanent residency..”.


Breen continued “This is the hallmark of a mean and tricky government. To further delay processing would be needlessly cruel. The Refugee Action Collective calls on the government to end the uncertainty for asylum seekers already waiting well over a year, and demands that fair permanent processing of all asylum seeker claims commence immediately.”

for further comment from the Refugee Action Collective

contact Chris Breen 0403 013 183

Emergency Protest – Don’t send baby Ferouz and mother Latifa back to Nauru‏

1pm, Sat 30th November – Corner of Bourke & Swanston st

Newborn baby Ferouz and his family face the threat of being returned to Nauru. “When she is in a fit state to return to Nauru then that’s what will occur” said Immigration minister Scott Morrison. 

The Nauru detention center and its extreme heat, is not a fit place for an adult, let alone a new born baby and other children. Latifa said “We don’t think the kids going to survive if they’re returned there, even seven-year-old and four-year-old there we are always crying and they don’t eat the food and they find very difficult”.

Latifa also has diabetes, and is recovering from a Caesarean operation. Early separation from her child has impacted on Ferouz ability to breastfeed and he will rely on sterile bottles in Nauru. The Nauru detention centre does not have adequate conditions for proper sterilisation.

Join this protest to demand all families and children are brought back from the island, as the first step to closing detention on Nauru completely.
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Call Lucy 0404 728 104 or Amanda 0423 013 245 for more info


47 people found to be genuine refugees remain imprisoned indefinitely on the basis of politically motivated ’negative’ ASIO security assessments. They include Ranjini and her three children. These refugees have committed no crime, had no trial and face no charges. Many have been imprisoned for over 4 years, the majority suffer from severe mental health issues according to Ombudsman’s reports. They have no legal right to appeal their security assessments as is available to Australian citizens.

These are Australia’s political prisoners, most are Tamils from Sri Lanka. ASIO suddenly started dishing out negative security clearances for refugees from Sri Lanka after the Oceanic Viking stand off in 2009, and Rudd’s announcement of a processing freeze for Sri Lankan asylum seekers in early 2010. The decision to imprison these refugees is a political one, not a criminal one. Two of these refugee attempted suicide in recent months. Many of them are imprisoned at Broadmeadows detention centre – join us for an end of year vigil to fight for their rights.

Monday Dec 16 from 7pm at MITA Broadmeadows
detention center, 120 – 150 Camp Rd Broadmeadows

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call Chris 0403 013 183 or visit for more info