Category: Media Release

‘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…

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…

‘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…

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…

Stop buck-passing on Nauru files: bring detainees to Australia

Canberra 20 August 2016 Canberrans will rally on Tuesday to demand the government respond to the abuse revelations of the Nauru files – to accept its responsibilities for the dehumanising treatment of asylum seekers in Australian-funded off-shore detention camps and…

Whistleblowers Defy Government

Canberra, 14 August 2016  Senior health professionals and aid workers with first-hand experience of Australia’s off-shore detention centres will be risking legal action on Tuesday evening to expose the inhumane and destructive conditions facing refugees and asylum seekers on Manus…

Enough is Enough: Protest Rally for Rakib

Friday, 12.30pm, start at Zed Seselja’s office, Bunda Street, Civic Canberrans are urged to join a protest rally for Rakib, a Bangladeshi refugee who died at the Nauru detention centre last week, at the city offices of three ACT federal…

Vigil for Omid – ‘Close the camps, bring them here’

  Vigil for Omid – Tuesday, 3 May, 5.30pm, Garema Place, Civic Canberrans are urged to attend a vigil for Omid Masoumali, the 23-year-old Iranian refugee who died after setting himself on fire at the Nauru detention centre last week.…

Gillian Triggs to Speak on Human Rights and Refugees

21 April 2016 Outspoken President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs will tackle the topic of human rights and refugees at a public address in Canberra next Wednesday. Responsible for the 2014 National Inquiry into Children in…

Future of released children still on a knife edge

4 April 2016 The fate of asylum seeker children apparently just released from mainland Australian detention centres still hangs on a knife edge. “This move by the Australian Government is in response to community activism around Australia over past months,”…