Category: Uncategorized

Upcoming Skills Workshops

Canberra RAC will be running two skills workshops in the lead up to Palm Sunday to help equip our members with the knowledge and confidence to further their contribution to the campaign. The first of these will be a joint workshop…

Snap Picket: Bill Shorten’s ‘Town Hall Meeting’

5.30-6.15pm, Thursday March 2, Albert Hall Canberra Join us at Bill Shorten’s ‘Town Hall’ meeting where RAC will be holding a picket outside Albert Hall to urge Bill Shorten, Andrew Leigh, Gai Brodtmann and the ALP to step up, show…

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…

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…

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…

Refugee Support Services in Canberra

For people wanting to provide support to refugees and asylum seekers living in the Canberra community, the following organisations provide a range of services and are always looking for more helpers. Companion House Uses financial donations for: prescriptions and medical…

On smart phones and refugees

abdelrahman Dameen September 10 at 1:30am · Cairo, Egypt · You’re 29 years old with a wife, two children and a job. You have enough money, and can afford a few nice things, and you live in a small house in…

Aylan Kurdi should not have died, Naomi Klein tells Sydney festival

Adam Brereton, The Guardian, 5 Sept 2015 Author tells Festival of Dangerous Ideas audience Australia’s offshore detention centres are ‘black sites’ and part of hiding the human cost of the refugee crisis Aylan Kurdi, the three-year old refugee whose death…