Author: Daniel Cotton

‘Messages of Hope’ defy Government’s proposed extreme anti-refugee legislation

Canberra 4 November 2016 The Canberra Refugee Action Committee is defying the Australian Government’s message of ‘no hope’ to refugees in offshore detention, by sending messages of hope and support to refugees trapped in political limbo on Manus Island and…

It’s Time; Bring Them Here — Speech

Speech by Anne-Marie Delahunt, given at the Canberra Refugee Action rally: 30 October 2016     Friends:  it’s great to be here today in front of such a crowd of people concerned, as I am, about the people on Manus…

Amps not Camps

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

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

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…

The Co$ts of Cruelty: What Australia’s Refugee Policies Cost You

A new study by Save the Children, Australia and UNICEF has shown that billions of our tax dollars are spent to maintain Australia’s refugee policies (see the report here). A fraction of the vast sums involved could, if directed away from the current…

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…

Protesters Disrupt Immigration Minister

Peter Dutton interrupted by protestors

On Thursday, protesters interrupted a speech by Peter Dutton, in which he claimed that Australia’s relationship with the Republic of Nauru would “continue for decades.” The protesters demanded that the camps on Nauru and Manus Island be closed and that…

Nauru Files Reading Vigil

Canberra 14 September 2016 Canberrans will hold an all-day Nauru Files Reading Vigil outside the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Braddon on Friday to demand the government respond to the abuse revelations of the files – to accept…