Welcome to Rural Australians for Refugees

National RAR Petition
due – 21st September 2017

Find a copy of the Petition for printing here

Please send original forms to Mike at Bellingen RAR.
Mike’s address is on the bottom of the Petition

Congratulations and Welcome to the
New National RAR Committee

Marie – President … simply amazing person
Penny – Secretary … super cool and efficient
Margaret – Treasurer … RAR representative on ARAN and Advocacy Sector working group
Ruth – Vice President and Newsletter editor …  neatly rounding our the new admin group


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News from the ARAN Conference 

Visit the ARAN Billboard for a list of ACTIONS across Australia

What is ARAN?

The Australian Refugee Action Network is a network of 48 Refugee Networks and large Refugee Groups across Australia.
RAR is a founding member of ARAN.  In fact the idea for an Australian Network of grassroots activist groups was born at the 2016 RAR National Conference.

We called for One Voice, One Vision at our RAR conference.

ARAN provides the opportunity for refugee networks to become a Refugee Movement

As a result of enthusiastic discussion; a lot of goodwill; and a shared commitment to build a stronger refugee rights movement, the delegates of ARAN member groups voted in a National Coordination Committee at the inaugural ARAN conference in Canberra yesterday afternoon. #ARAN17

The main purposes of the National ARAN Committee are to:

  • Provide an avenue for organised communication and collaboration between grassroots refugee advocacy and activist groups across the nation
  • Suggest and promote national actions, and maximise the reach of local actions
  • Support member groups by sharing resources, ideas and knowledge throughout the network

The Committee has no power or authority to make decisions for, or give direction to, individual member organisations. Each member organisation maintains autonomy and carries out its own operations as it sees fit.

The conference elected a National Committee of experienced activists/advocates with strong networks which provides broad geographical and political representation, and includes people with lived asylum-seeking experience.

The conference delegates proposed and voted to allow the Committee to co-opt a limited number of additional members in order to achieve better refugee representation and fill geographical or network gaps.

The elected members are:

  • Margaret Raza – Rural Australians for Refugees
  • Marie Hapke – Refugee Advocacy Network
  • John Minns – Canberra Refugee Action Committee
  • Linda Cusworth – Combined Refugee Action Group
  • Amir Javan – People Like Us
  • Lili Calitz – Amnesty Refugee Rights Group Tasmania
  • James Supple – Sydney Refugee Action Coalition
  • Pamela Curr – Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project
  • Caron Molster – Refugee Rights Action Network WA

This group will grow slightly, with the added co-opted members.

Here’s to a stronger, more collaborative and coordinated movement for refugee rights!

Changes for people seeking refugee protection
================ URGENT – Act Now ================

All Refugee Legal Services in Australia are facing the difficulty trying to assist people urgently given the Government’s recent crack down on people seeking asylum.

This week the Turnbull government launched an unprecedented attack on people seeking asylum who after waiting over 4 years to apply for asylum, now only have as little as 30 days to lodge their refugee application.

It gets worse. If people don’t lodge their application in time, the government has threatened to take away their right to apply for asylum in Australia – something no other country has ever done.

Refugee legal services across Australia are urgently appealing to you to help us fund lawyers in order to keep the people safe.

To act now, go to one of these refugee legal services in Australia and donate:

Image result for filmsA fabulous resource –  
Videos from the UNHCR youtube website –

Ban on Mobile Phones in Detention Centres

The Immigration and Border Protection rationale behind the removal of mobile phones is set out here – http://bit.ly/2ilRxcs
 And RAC in Sydney responded –
We also received information from people in detention who say the ban has come in because, with the end of Telstra’s 2G phone network, the only phones now available for the 3G or 4G networks come with cameras and a video capacity which Border force do not want in detention centres.




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 



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:

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

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


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


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

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