Amps not Camps

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On Friday October 21st, the ANU Refugee Action Committee held a fundraiser “Amps not Camps.” Local musicians got together with refugee activists at the Polish club to raise money for ACT Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services, which works helping newly arrived migrants…

SIEV-X Memorial 15 years

On Wednesday October 19th, the Faith-Based Working Group held a memorial service for the SIEV-X memorial. Following are the words that were said: 15 years ago today, on 19 October 2001, during a federal election campaign, a boat carrying about 400…

Cost of Cruel Deterrent Refugee Policies

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Australia’s internationally condemned cruel deterrent refugee policies have cost an annual average of $3.2 billion of taxpayer funds every year since 2013. This is just under half the UNHCR 2016 budget of $6.55 million to care for the 16.3 million…

Rally–It’s Time–Bring Them Here

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The conditions in Australia’s detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru are atrocious. Report after report continues to detail abhorrent treatment, systemic abuse, and degrading conditions, as the camps are wracked by crisis after crisis. It is simply impossible that…

‘Turnbull misleads the UN’

Canberra 20 September 2016 The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has been challenged by refugee activists over the accuracy of his speech at the refugee summit in New York. Mr Turnbull argued that other countries should follow Australia’s tough border protection…

Reading Vigil of Nauru Files

Nauru Files Reading Vigil was held on Friday 16/9/2016

On Friday, Canberrans gathered outside the Immigration Department in Braddon, holding a 10 hour reading vigil of the Nauru Files, which detailed the abhorrent treatment of refugees and asylum seekers held by Australia on Nauru. Inspired by the reading vigil outside…