Welcome to Rural Australians for Refugees

Time poor?  Can’t afford an entire weekend at the Conference?

Make time to come and hear Ben Doherty on Saturday afternoon, 3rd September 2016.

Ben, and his colleagues at The Guardian, have this week released the Nauru Files.

Come to the Saturday afternoon session and hear Ben Doherty of The Guardian

One Voice, One Vision Sat PM

Book for the Full Conference  

or  

Book for each session separately

Don’t miss the Conference Dinner on Saturday night

Media Release 1 – July 2016

Media Release 2 – August 2016

Conference News 1

Sunday AM

Facilitated Sessions

  1. The power of one message – Media & Refugee Advocacy – Facilitator – Anthony Radford
  1. Think National, Working Local – RAR groups –  Helen Musk and Marie Bonne
  1. The Ripple Effect – Growing the National RAR Network  Facilitators – Terry White & Bonnie Carter

 

 

Conf Flyer 1

Registrations for our Conference are now open   Full Conference details here

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Welcome to new groups joining the RAR Network
Federal Loves Refugees

South East NSW Regional Refugee Network

SE NSW Network 1

The Monaro Refugee Support Group has morphed into Monaro Community Growth Group

Parkes Refugee Support Group

Parkes-Satellite

and …

Bendigo Launches Young People for Refugees

Young People for Refugees

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New Life Cycle – Launch Video

New Life Cycle 1Check out the new charity raising awareness of inhumane treatment of asylum seekers in off shore detention through a round Australia off road cycling journey . 

www.newlifecycle.org.au is a journey on a mountain bike with a trail dog around Australia to raise awareness about ongoing asylum seeker and refugee issues.

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Petition 1

A National Petition to the House of Representatives.    

Organised by Bellingen and Nambucca District RAR.

Please return completed copies to Mike (Bellingen RAR)

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Newsletters

Newsletters   from  Groups  

and   Organisations

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Welcome to the RAR Network

Rural Australians for Refugees Yass

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Chasing Asylum 1

Chasing Asylum

CHASING ASYLUM exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how ‘The Lucky Country’ became a country where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights.

The film features never before seen footage from inside Australia’s offshore detention camps, revealing the personal impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo.

CHASING ASYLUM explores the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to lock away families in unsanitary conditions hidden from media scrutiny, destroying their lives under the pretext of saving them.   http://www.chasingasylum.com.au/

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PETITIONS  …  …  …  When is a petition not a petition?   

Making Your Voice Heard … & … Sample Petition  for the House of Reps

Brief Guide to Senate Petitions

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Three Organisations urgently need funds to provide Legal Services for Refugees

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Julian Burnside, AO QC, the acclaimed “Australian National Living Treasurer” winner of the Sydney Peace Prize, and highly regarded long-term advocate for asylum seekers and refugees has agreed to become our honourary Patron … Thank you Julian, and welcome aboard … officially.

  Julian   

Message from Julian Burnside:   

 Rural Australians for Refugees have been calling for a fair go for refugees ever since the infamous Tampa event, when the Pacific Solution was created  and 438 asylum seekers rescued by the Norwegian cargo ship Tampa were forcibly diverted to Nauru.
Since then, these local groups have persisted in their work; visiting refugees, raising money for their food, clothing and shelter and holding public meetings that draw attention to more compassionate policy options.
To my observation, RAR has been the most impressive and dedicated group supporting refugees.  What they have done is little short of inspirational.
RAR has my greatest admiration and my full support.
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Please promote this petition through your networks,
The Secrecy Provisions of the Border Force Act can be repealed with support!
Petition          
Its too important to allow the legislation to go unchallenged.

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National Settlement StandardsSettlement Council of Australia – June 2015

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CHANGES TO ASYLUM SEEKER VISAS
On October 2015 the Department launched a new website for IMAs

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection says its IMA website is designed to enable IMAs and other users to navigate intuitively to information that is relevant to different stages of the IMA status resolution journey, including:

1.     living in the community while waiting to apply for a visa

2.     applying for a protection visa

3.     after a decision has been made on the application.

For up to date always check information on the Immigration and Border Force Website 

https://www.border.gov.au/ 

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Home Among the Gum Trees

Dear RAR groups and friends

Would you like to help person to person?

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There are ways to do this even if you are away from asylum seeker suburbs, especially if you are in Rural and Regional areas.

  1. Join Home Among the Gum Trees, Rural Australians for Refugees holiday program as a host or supporter.
  2. Be on the look-out for jobs  for asylum seekers in your area. Please forward any employer leads or contacts to Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers I Workforce Solutions that Matter I  Brotherhood of St Laurence I Centre for Work and Learning, 95 Brunswick Street Fitzroy Victoria 3065 I  T (03) 9288 9955  M 0400 153 148 IWvanRiet@bsl.org.au I Available Mon-Fri www.bsl.org.au

Either of these actions is  life changing for Asylum Seekers… and life changing for you!

Elaine Smith – mob 0427596977
email

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THE PLAN – TO END BUSINESS IN ABUSE

NO (LOCAL COUNCIL) BUSINESS IN ABUSE

No Business In Abuse is a movement of people who want corporations to know they face a choice: engage in Australia’s abusive detention regime or maintain a profitable business model.

Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield Services) and Wilson Security are the two corporations that provide services central to the detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru. Together they’re paid billions by the government – but they rely on other income streams as well, including contracts with local councils all around Australia.

Without contracts like these, their business model would fall apart – and that’s where you come in.

By organising and applying strategic local pressure, we can get our councils to say they won’t further contract with Broadspectrum and Wilson while they’re involved in detention. This way, their choice to be complicit in human rights abuses has immediate consequences for the rest of their business.

Are you in? Search for your nearest petition here

GetUp- No Abuse   Shen Narayanasamy is the new Human Rights Director at GetUp.

Let’s help Shen end business in abuse.  Click here to read more: www.nobusinessinabuse.org

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Bumper Stickers available from Bellingen and Nambucca RAR

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email John:  

50 cents each plus postage

New T shirts available –  details at http://bellorar.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/where-to-get-t-shirts.html

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These bumper stickers are also available.   Email Peter – 

Say Yes to Refugees

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Looking for information or resources about Refugee or Asylum Seeker issues?

Try RAC  and  Asylum Insight

From ChilOut – New Asylum Seeker Laws – Your Questions Answered

Australian Border Force Act explained

Asylum Policy in Australia Today
Asylum Insight have published a comprehensive update of background information on asylum policy in Australia. This content is updated annually to reflect recent changes in how Australia receives asylum seekers. The background information is presented in four main sections:

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ASRC Project

Researching and Messaging Project

Probject aimed at reframing the narrative around asylum seekers and refugee

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Don’t forget to check out the RAR Events Page

To have your event included on our calendar just email details to

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A comprehensive report on the Economic and Social Impact of the Karen resettlement in Nhill

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The Refugee Research Blog

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Regional Refugee Action Networks in Victoria

  • CVRSN – Central Victorian Refugee Support Network
    • Email for further information –  RAR Admin at 
  •  CRAG – Combined Refugee Action Group – Geelong, Victoria
    • Email – 
    • Facebook – CRAG
  • SCRAR – Surf Coast Rural Australians for Refugee 
    • Email – 
    • Website – SCRAR
    • Facebook – SCRAR

Refugee & Asylum Seekers Service and Support Mapping- May 2014 Mainstream and specialist support services available across the G21 (Geelong) region

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We invite you to consider how you might work with Rural Australians for Refugees

  • Join one of the Refugee and Asylum Seeker support groups.  There are many RAR groups, community groups, church groups working to improve the lives of Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Engage in Fundraising,  Awareness- raising, and/or  Advocacy
  • If there is no group near you, consider starting one
  • Visit Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Detention Centres
  • Letter Writing – to Politicians – MPs Addresses   Senators Addresses
  • Letter Writing – the Refugee Council of Australia has an initiative called Write to Be Heard.
  • Visit our Facebook Page – Rural Australians for Refugees
  • Want to have your Asylum Seeker or Refugee Support group listed on our website?  
  • Send details to RAR Admin –

RAR group pages on this website are listed by States.

RAR Group Websites

Visit Rural Australians for Refugees Facebook pages – keep up-to-date with issues and events

 For details of RAR Groups, please email RAR Admin at 

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Those who wander are not lost  :  Tracking displaced people around the world

An excellent interactive graphic – Statistics based on 2014 figures supplied by UNHCR

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Cartoon by Nicholson from “The Australian” newspaper: www.nicholsoncartoons.com.au

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