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Let them stay 3     Stand for Sanctuary – Monday 8 Feb 2016

Looking for a local rally?
Check GetUp’s list – it continues to grow. Keep checking back – they are listing all the community organised events they hear about here.   Add your city, town or village.

On the evening of Monday 8 February, thousands of people will rally in capital cities and towns around the country to stand for sanctuary, and demonstrate that together, we will do everything we can to keep these babies, children, men and women safe. We will demand that the government let them stay.

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Keep up to date in Queensland with the weekly bulletin from the wonderful Buddies group

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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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CONTACT YOUR MP
Let your local MP know that you Stand for Sanctuary.  Find your local MP here: http://bit.ly/1NTf1sx

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“It is not clear how many refugees have been humiliated and beaten in Manus Island camp’s Chauka and Green zone but something is clear: Manus Island, like Nauru and Christmas Island, was chosen for its remote location so that the companies operating the camps can do whatever they like to refugees easily and without watchful eyes.”

Protection and Punishment in the People Business
December 10, 2015 – The AIM Network
Translated by Tomas Askarian and Janet Galbraith.

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Queenscliff RAR launches its new website
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– Challenge the Public – Write a Letter to Editor of your local paper –
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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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 Jessica is walking from Melbourne to Canberra with the Welcome Petition  

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Letter Campaign – Letter from Gregory, Macedon Ranges RAR

 Also see Macedon Ranges RAR Letter Writing Guidelines

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Welcome to new group … Rural Australians for Refugees – Lorne

And welcome back … Rural Australians for Refugees – Echuca

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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          Detainees
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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Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2015 – children in detention   Xmas gift1===========================================================================
Have you watched  Combat Wombat – ASYLUM
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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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Freedom Stories screening in a town near you

See trailer here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y42z5z8KMo

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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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Number of Children in Detention 
Despite the Government’s promise that children would be released from detention in the early months of 2015, many children remain in Australian-run immigration detention centres. Some of these children have been in detention for years. The latest official statistics

   The Children on Nauru have a Facebook page       
Like and share to show the children we support them
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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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Invitation from the Refugee Council of Australia

RCOA logo   Join in RCOA’sWe Can Do It! Campaign

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In case you missed it, here is A Letter to The Pope

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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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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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CURRENT NEWS –

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 Groups – Websites

RAR Group Pages on this website

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

Email your local Rural Australians for Refugee Group  

  • Apollo Bay – 
  • Aireys Inlet – 
  • Armidale –  
  • Ballina – 
  • Barwon Heads – 
  • Bega Valley – 
  • Bellarine – 
  • Bellingen and Nambucca Districts – 
  • Bendigo – 
  • Braidwood – 
  • Castlemaine – 
  • Great Lakes – 
  • Macedon Ranges – 
  • Mansfield – 
  • Queanbeyan – 
  • Queenscliff – 
  • Surf Coast – 
  • Warrnambool – 

 For RAR Groups listed below, please email RAR Admin at 

  • Ballarat
  • BRASS – Northeast (Beechworth Refugee Asylum Seeker Support)
  • Daylesford
  • Denmark
  • East Gippsland
  • Goulburn
  • Grampians/Gariwerd
  • Latrobe Valley
  • Manning
  • Maryborough (Victoria)
  • Phillip Island
  • South Gippsland
  • Southern Highlands

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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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