Last night I attended Cathy McGowan’s meeting on her national tour, asking us to support the campaign, with Rural Australians for Refugees, to get a resolution for the men who have been detained on Manus Island. It is about taking one campaign at a time. Like getting the Kids off Nauru last year. Then the Medevac legislation. This is the next step.
There is a new government in Papua New Guinea and they want an end to the detention regime. Most of the men have been moved from Manus Island to Port Moresby, 55 are in a wing of a prison, another group are in a hotel and are not allowed out of it and a third group are in hospital. Right now we want to write letters to our local Liberal members of parliament and Liberal Senators to ask two questions: – What will it take for the Australian government to accept the New Zealand Deal? – What will happen to those in Papua New Guinea if we don’t?
Please write a letter or 5 to build the momentum in this campaign. Then follow up with a phone to your local member.
They are also working on pressuring the Labor Party to take action too.
Please read the email from Rural Australians for Refugees below as they are leading with this campaign.
The push to revive the New Zealand offer to settle asylum seekers currently detained in Papua New Guinea continues, with PNG PM Marape wanting the Australian government to bring the offshore arrangement to an end without this bad policy left perpetually in PNG’s hands. Check the RAR website for the latest information and share on Facebook and twitter the latest action you or your group have taken using the hash tag #toNZ, but also read on …
Following up on the earlier call for emails to senators generally and LNP members, in particular, a kit has been developed which will be distributed separately to member groups and supporters. The actions needed include: ALP and Greens MPs – now Anthony Albanese is going to New Zealand. Email your local ALP member to ask to that Albanese request New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern to reissue her invitation to resettle asylum seekers in New Zealand to the Australian and PNG governments.
Email your local Greens Senator and ask them to contact New Zealand Greens MPs to encourage Ardern to renew the offer to re-settle the asylum seekers in New Zealand.
Encourage PNG figures to act – from 27 September
Email (or write to) Prime Minister James Marape and others to
congratulate the PNG government on moving the Asylum Seekers from Manus
and ask it to consider the offer of the New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern to
settle the asylum seekers in New Zealand.
We can also email the Catholic Bishops that Australians do not support
offshore detention and want the asylum seekers to be settled in a
country where they are valued, free and can lead productive lives.
Towards a Refugee Protection Bill
Andrew Wilkie will introduce a Refugee Protection Bill on Monday October
21. Its aim is to get the Australian government with the help of the
opposition to accept the NZ offer to resettle asylum scurrently in PNG.
RAR is partnering with many other refugee advocacy and support groups to
campaign for this bill to be successful! Please read the bill here EM-Refugee Protection Bill and find out more about the activities planned in support
Check https://www.ruralaustraliansforrefugees.org.au/events/ for details of all upcoming campaign events.
Zach was filled with hope on being granted a visa that allowed him to stay in Australia and to rebuild his life in safety. Then he found himself facing another life-threatening challenge of cancer. Surgery and post-operative treatments took their toll, so when an affordable unit came up he was in no shape to find all that was needed for him to settle into his new home.
Alerted by his Caseworker,the Blackwood – Hills and Rapid Response for Refugees Circles joined forces to collect and move in all the essentials on the recent Commonwealth Election Voting Day. This included a bed and side table from a family who were downsizing, whitegoods and sofa from Blackwood Lions, TV, cutlery,
crockery, cleaning items and fresh food. Later donations of a floor rug and curtains which were sewn together by a friend of Zach’s added a homey touch to the place.
We are still looking for dining table seating six and a small, comfortable armchair (contact us if you can assist with this). Zach is very happy with his new home. He and Circle of Friends extend a huge thank you to all of you whose interest, donations, goods and cash brought this about.
A few moths ago we posted an appeal to support an Asylum Seeker who was without income (read full appeal here). As promised here is and update on his situation. There’s good news and not so good news.
The initial decision was that Paul
did have grounds to Appeal his rejection for a Protection Visa.
Unfortunately he was again rejected and faces the possibility of
return to his home country.
He has one last option which he is
As said previously, Paul is also
dealing with a chronic illness which requires ongoing medical
supervision. He lives on a budget of only $200 per week. He pays
$130 rent, spends $10 on transport and puts aside $60 per week for
food. Mobile phone and other costs come from a small emergency
payment received monthly from an Aid Agency.
He has been greatly encouraged by
the donations made specifically for him since this Appeal was first
made. There have been enough, so far, to support him until the end
of July. All of the money donated goes directly to his account.
Circle 110 is still seeking
donations on his behalf. At present there is no information about a
further Appeal but it is clear his precarious situation will
continue into August.
The Rapid Response for Refugees Circle (Circle 110) receives a number of referrals
from specialised Refugee Support Agencies including STTARS (Survivors
of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service), Australian
Refugee Association (ARA) and the Red Cross for immediate practical
assistance and comfort to people who are very
vulnerable and in desperate need. We are contacted as a last resort
where the Support Agencies can’t find the necessary financial or
practical support for clients. So we are aware of the need to provide
Paul* is one of the people who has been referred to us. At the start of the year he had his application for a refugee visa refused and subsequently had his Centrelink income terminated. Paul is entitled to appeal the visa refusal and is currently doing so. However until the appeal is heard he has to live without any income. This appeal has been postponed by the Government twice now. Our circle has been supporting Paul for the past few months but is now finding it difficult to continue. If you can help please make a donation now using reference of “110 Paul”.
“Paul” who is also dealing with a chronic illness which requires ongoing medical supervision, lives on a budget of only $200 per week. He pays $130 rent, spends $10 on transport and puts aside $60 per week for food. Mobile phone and other costs come from a small emergency payment received monthly from an Aid Agency. Circle 110 has been providing the $200 per week but we are struggling to continue to meet this relatively small amount each week and meet all out other commitments.
We are looking for a few people who can contribute to his support until his appeal in June this year. All you have to do is use our secure Give Now donation page and with reference of “110 Paul.”
If things get better for Paul there will be an immediate update on this site and you can review your donation (subscribe to our News updates to receive email notifications of new news items). Amounts over $2 are tax deductible.
If you would like more information on this case contact us.
*name has been changed to maintain privacy and to ensure there are no impacts on his appeal for asylum.
In order to participate in competition this year, the Afghani Girls Volleyball teams need your support. They have been up and running for some time, thanks to their dedicated coach, Rasoul Ahmady sourcing most of the necessary funds. However, this year, membership fees are still needed.
We need to raise $2680 to enable 3 teams to play in this 2019 season.
Apart from fitness, participation in sport improves individuals’ social and team skills while exposing young Afghan women to aspects of Australian culture and vice versa, with the consequent breaking down of barriers.