Thank you so much for being so committed to improving the lives of refugees and asylum seekers that you are ready to take some action.
One of the things that are so special about regional and rural Australia is that sense of community.
We always band together when times get tough and to help those in need.
There’s a list below of things you can do right now to make a real difference.
Hopefully, you’ll find something that suits your skills, personality and time-commitments and know that we are very grateful.
Knowledge is Power
Read up on the latest news and study the most recent reports. The better we can educate ourselves about the issues, facts and latest developments around our refugees and asylum seekers, the better we will be able to have those dinner table conversations that make a real difference. It’s when we speak from the heart, armed with the facts and tell a personal, relatable story that we can usually effect the most change.
Petitions are a quick and easy way to have a say and let the politicians know that we care. Be sure to share it on Social Media as well.
Contact a Politician
One of the best ways to make a difference is to contact your local member or even the two leaders of our major political parties. The more people who write, the more our leaders realise that we do care about the closure and safe rehoming of our refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru.
Here’s a list of who to contact – Visit, Write, Phone or Email:
Parliament Office: 02 6277 7700
Electorate Office: 02 9327 3988
You can contact the Prime Minister online via the official form. Fill in your contact information then copy and paste your letter into the appropriate box.
Prime Minister – https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm
Parliament Office: 02 6277 4022
Electorate Office: 03 9326 1300
Minister of Immigration and Border Protection –
Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten –
Shadow Minister of Immigration & Border Protection Shayne Neumann –
MPs and Senators
Points to make:
- We need leadership.
- Australia must take responsibility for the lives of people on Manus & Nauru
- We need you to evacuate the camps and bring people here to safety.
- People in offshore detention are in danger.
- The ongoing uncertainty and chaos are causing fear and harm.
- Our community wants people to be safe from harm.
- People around the country want a bipartisan approach to ending the political games.
- We need leadership and action, not more excuses.
- The lives of people in detention are Australia’s responsibility.
Write a Letter or email to the media
Seen an article in the paper or online that makes you angry or upset? Make sure you write, email or put comments in an online article and let them know your thoughts. Again, the more we can have an educated conversation in a public forum, the greater chance we have of raising awareness and bring about change.
Why not join an existing Rural Australians for Refugees Group? We are always looking for new members. Here’s just some of what we do:
- Engage in Advocacy through letter writing, visits with MPs, social media campaigns.
- Organise materials for refugees to use when they come to Australia.
- Have various hosting events for refugees.
- Visit Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Detention Centres.
- Some groups do local school visits.
- Create local petitions relevant to their local area about things like The Welcome Zone.
- Raise awareness through things like local film nights and vigils.
- If there is no group near you, why not consider starting one?
- Like, Follow and nominate to see us first on our Facebook Page Rural Australians for Refugees
- Follow us on Twitter
- Follow RAR on Instagram
- You can also volunteer to help the national social media team. Email
Our groups are very active organising many different events. You’ll be sure to find one near you here.
Why not organise a vigil in your town to draw attention to a particular issue about refugees and asylum seekers? Vigils are a particularly effective way to communicate that we care about a particular issue. Their peaceful, dramatically visual presence always creates an impact.
They are simple to organise:
- Select a venue.
- Get permission to hold the vigil at that venue.
- Rally a group of people to attend.
- Let the media know and promote on social media.
- Let us know so that we can help spread the word.
- Create signage or use your group’s banner.
- Get some candles and jars and lighters.
- Prepare a welcome speech and perhaps a few relevant stories or news articles to share.
- Have someone taking photos.
- After the event post about it in your newsletters and on social media.
- Do a follow-up news release to the press including photos.