RAR Covid-19 Response

Message from our National President

COVID 19 is having a huge impact on everyone.  RAR groups need to be up to date with Government requirements.
For outdoor activities such as rallies, stall and vigils, people are recommended to keep a distance of 1.5 metres from each other where possible.  No large group gatherings – maximum 500, and indoor – 100 people.
Our concern for vulnerable refugees and people seeking asylum does not stop – we must find other ways to continue to show our support.
Louise Redmond
National President
18 March 2020


Coronavirus crisis got you feeling isolated? Lack of freedom from coronavirus crisis? Imagine #7yearsnofreedom


What do refugees need?

Medical care not detention – not in hotels, not anywhere #freetherefugees

Detention is an infection risk #freetherefugees



In light of the Coronavirus crisis, the Palm Sunday organising committee has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Palm Sunday Rally, which was to be held on the 5th of April. This does not mean that we will stay silent on Australia’s inhumane refugee regime.

Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers who were transferred from Manus and Nauru for medical treatment are still being held in closed detention; many without the medical treatment they need. They face an increased risk of coronavirus infection because of their detention conditions in Australia. This is a public health issue as much as a humanitarian issue.

To mark this year’s Palm Sunday, we are building an online large-scale expression of solidarity for all refugees who continue to experience the brutal effects of indefinite, mandatory detention.