Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Free the refugees! Let them land, let them stay!

Fact checking Alan Tudge

Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge has made a number of dubious claims about the indefinite detention of refugees and asylum-seekers transferred to Australia for medical attention.

This new document looks at each of his claims and counters with the facts, all taken from Hansard and Government department publications.

The document was drawn up by Trudy Hairs, Area Coordinator for Melbourne’s Homestay Program (volunteer) and published with permission.

Read or download our fact sheet.

Join online rally for the right to protest

Friday 2 October, 1pm

Join the online rally in support of Chris Breen, a member of RAC, a high school teacher and member of the AEU state council, who faces court on 2 October.

Breen has been charged with “incitement” under the 1958 Crimes Act for helping to organise a safe car convoy protest calling to free refugees because of the risk of COVID-19.


Mostafa Azimitabar (Moz from Manus) – currently detained in the Mantra hotel
Diana Beaumont – Australian Education Union branch councillor
Jonathan Sri – Brisbane Greens Councillor
Graham Thom – Amnesty International Refugee Co-ordinator
Aran Mylvaganam – Tamil Refugee Council & one of the refugee supporters fined $1652 at the refugee car convoy
Chris Breen – RAC, and person charged with “incitement” for refugee car convoy

Friday 2 October at 1pm, eastern time.

Find out more and register for Zoom.

Find out more about the defence campaign.

Solidarity with BLM protesters in Sydney

30 July 2020

The Refugee Action Collective in Melbourne expresses its solidarity with the seven fined Black Lives Matter protesters in Sydney who were fined $1000 each on 28 July for demanding justice for David Dungay Jr.  

It is outrageous that Prime Minister Scott Morrison can join crowds at the NRL, where 10,000 are allowed, but a socially distanced protest of hundreds is shut down. It is also worth noting that an anti-CCP protest of close to 100 at the Chinese consulate in Sydney was allowed to take place the day before. 

The vitriol directed against the Black Lives Matter protests from politicians, police and media has been an attack on anti-racism and the right to protest, not about concern for public health. 

Police in NSW and Federal Coalition Minister Greg Hunt have tried to blame the Black Lives Matter protest for Victoria’s second wave of COVID-19. But this is ridiculous. Not only is there no evidence for any transmission from the BLM protests in Australia, but it is widely acknowledged across the political spectrum in Victoria that the second wave came from COVID-19 leaking from the quarantine hotels for returned Australian travellers. 

RAC has similarly come under attack for safe forms of protest, with 30 refugee supporters fined a total of $50,000 and one person charged with incitement for a car convoy protest drawing attention to the threat of COVID-19 for refugees held in detention.  

The racism that has seen no one held accountable for the killing of David Dungay Jr is the same racism that sees refugees locked up in dangerous conditions, unable to socially distance or protect themselves against COVID-19. 

RAC-Vic supports the right to protest during the pandemic. We call for the dropping of all fines against the Black Lives Matter protesters in Sydney.