Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

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Public Forum – Stateless: Detention hasn’t changed

March 23, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Public Forum – Stateless: Detention hasn’t changed

Pamela Curr – long time refugee advocate who took some of the original calls from refugees about Cornelia Rau
Moz from Manus (via skype) – refugee, musician and activist currently imprisoned in the Mantra hotel

The ABC TV series Stateless tells the story of Cornelia Rau an Australian permanent resident with a mental illness detained by the Immigration Department for ten months between 2004 and 2005. She was caught up in a brutal system of cruelty to refugees for political purposes. Immigration officials displayed the same callousness towards her as to refugees, saying it was her responsibility to identify herself not theirs. There was outrage at the time, but nothing has changed. In June 2017 Australian Border Force admitted to illegally detaining two Australian citizens on Christmas Island.

Today the cruelty continues. Around 400 refugees remain held offshore on Nauru and PNG – for almost 7 years now. 250 refugees brought to Australia for medical treatment are imprisoned across Australia. Hundreds more refugees are detained on the mainland, some for over ten years. Come and discuss why the barbaric detention system is still in place and how we can break it, and free the refugees.

Call Chris on 0403 013 183 for more info


March 23, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)


535 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD