Category: Refugee Policy

Pledge for Refugees

The Pledge for Refugees is a national campaign organised by refugee advocacy and activist groups around Australia, including RAC Canberra. It’s aim is to build broad support among both organisations and individuals for five key demands that would create the framework for a just refugee policy. These…

Sign an open letter calling for a decent and fair refugee policy

The following text will be published in a paid advertisement in the Canberra Times on 3 October 2015. If you would like to add your name as a signatory to this please reply by 29 September to mail@refugeeaction.org with your…

Sarah Hanson-Young’s speech on the Maintaining the Good Order in Immigration Detention Facilities Bill 2015

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (18:10): I rise tonight to speak to the Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 and put very clearly on the record the Greens’ objection to the bill. I participated in…

Serco and Border Force bring cruety to new levelsAn extraordinary example of a catch22 demanding widespread protest

  by Julian Burnside  Aug 13, 2015 The cruelty and indifference of Serco and Border Force continue to astound. Mojgan Shamsalipoor was in year 12 at school in Brisbane and was taken into detention. Then she was put in detention…

Labor must change course on boats policy

Published in the Canberra Times, 5 July 2015 By Sanjay Bhosale Canberrans eager to see a change in the Australian Labor Party’s policies on refugees and asylum seekers will have a chance to have their say via an open letter…

Sign an open letter calling on Labor to adopt a humane policy

The ALP National Conference in late July is an opportunity for the Labor Party to adopt policies that will treat asylum seekers and refugees with fairness and dignity. Amendments to be put to delegates will restore humanity to the policy…

Gillian Triggs lecture in full

Many Canberra RAC members were unable to get into the Alice Tay Lecture join Law and Human Rights at Old Parliament House yesterday because they were turned away. For this reason i am posting this link to her lecture in…

Love Makes a Way: Parliament House Action

Refugee Week has proved to be a very busy week in relation to refugee policy activism. Yesterday about 40 demonstrators protesting against the ongoing detention of asylum seeker children were escorted from Parliament House after staging a peaceful sit-in. The…