There’s just one more day to add your name to the Open Letter (text below) that RAC will publish in the Canberra Times on Saturday 1 April 2017. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the morning of Wednesday 29 March at the latest with your name as you would like it to appear in the paper. We are asking signatories to contribute a minimum of $20 to assist with covering the cost of publication. You can deposit directly to the Refugee Action Committee, BSB 062 903, Acc. No. 1024 8069. Please include your name along with the initials OL as the payment reference and confirm your payment by emailing us. The text of the open letter is as follows:
We stand together to welcome refugees to Australia.
We do so in solidarity with the people on Nauru and Manus Island who are suffering under Australia’s offshore detention regime.
We stand alongside those campaigning globally for a world that treats people seeking safety with dignity and kindness, not cruelty and punishment.
We unite to demand an end to Australia’s detention of people on Nauru and Manus Island. People, who simply sought our protection, have been imprisoned for over three years. We cannot be silent in the face of the immense damage that this is inflicting. The Government’s treatment of these people diminishes and degrades all Australians.
With any resettlement of people to the United States uncertain, we demand that the Australian Government, supported by the Labor Opposition, move immediately to provide safe resettlement in Australia for all those trapped on Nauru and Manus Island.
We are ashamed of Australia’s mandatory detention system and do not accept the justification that Australia’s approach saves lives. We can easily process asylum claims in transit countries, as we’ve done in the past, which would stop people being driven to take dangerous boat journeys.
With millions around the globe being forced to leave their homelands, Australia has shamefully led the way in building walls. The ‘Australian Solution’ would mean an end to the global system of refugee protection.
We are for an Australia that leads and advocates for genuine refugee protection internationally and practices this at home.
If you have any enquiries, please contact the Refugee Action Committee at email@example.com.