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Australia-wide: Phone Marathon: Manus Crisis

7 June 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone Marathon: Manus Crisis

A nationwide phone marathon

Tell our politicians that we do not support the policy of offshore detention and that we call for the safe settlement of all people seeking asylum currently detained in the Manus and Nauru camps.

Every supportive Australian needs to make their voices heard and demand an end to the indefinite detention and suffering of these people.

Nothing will change until enough voters tell our politicians that we do not support a policy that depends on the suffering of innocent children, women and men.


Phone calls have much more impact than emails or electronic petitions. So just one phone call can make a big difference. If you can, make many phone calls! Below are a list of suggested calls you can make. We have also included a number of talking points you can use to help you make the call and some tips on making the call. Our suggested contacts, in order of priority are:

1. Call your local MP, whether Labor or Liberal. You can use this tool to easily find your MP’s number by just entering your postcode: http://animalsaustralia.org/features/contact-your-MP.php

2. Call one of your state Senators, beginning with Liberal Party Senators, but also Labor Senators if you can. You can find the list of senators here:http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Guidelines_for_Contacting_Senators_and_Members

3. If you are really on a roll, call the following:

  • Malcolm Turnball, Prime Minister: (02) 9327 3988
  • Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration: (07) 3205 9977
  • Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition: (03) 9326 1300,
  • Shayne Neumann, Shadow Minister for Immigration: (07) 3201 5300

It can be a bit intimidating the first time you call, but remember, all politicians have a responsibility to listen to and respond to the concerns of voters in their electorate. It is your right to make your voice heard. That being said, remember always to be polite and calm. Most likely you will speak to a staffer, in which case ask to leave a message. Be prepared to give your name and phone number, and address if you are in their electorate.

Feel free to use the following examples as starting points for your own call:

  • I’m ringing to express my deep dismay at the LNP’s offshore policy and in particular the plan to force men held on Manus into the PNG community or a forced return to danger in their own country. After four years of suffering I believe Australia has a responsibility to see these people settled safely in a country of their choice.
  • I am calling to make my views known regarding the current asylum seekers held on Manus Island and Nauru. The shootings on Good Friday show they are not safe. They have been mistreated by us, they were not safe in their own country and they are not safe in PNG. We have a duty of care to these people. It is time to #bringthemhere and settle them safely, so that they can become productive members of our society. I would appreciate my views being made known to my member and him informing the Prime Minister.
  • I am calling to protest the treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru. These people have been held in illegal detention for four years. I am calling to ask that they are brought here now. As an Australian I am sick of the abuse and neglect carried out in my name. I will not support any political party or politician that does not have a humane policy on asylum seekers.


1. In Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/events/1770596079937620/?active_tab=about

Click on the event tab to the left and mark yourself as interested in the event.

2 Register via the custom register now link to the left and fill in the form.

This enables us to follow up and give numbers to the MP of those who called. It also allows us to invite people to further actions if they indicate the could be interested.

If you are on a mobile device the link won’t work and it can be reached via http://bit.ly/2qrhx6j.

Anyone who has trouble can access the registration form via this custom link.

3. Share and register at our Thunderclap link


Thunderclap is a service to help posts go viral.

You create a post and then share the link.

People sign up to share the post via their Twitter, Facebook or Tumnblr account and it is automatically sent at the pre-determind time we have set via your profile.

This creates an avalanche of posts helping it to go viral, so please sign up via the link.

4.On the 7th call and write to your MP.   If he is engaged try as often as you can.

Shoot of an email to him or her and ring your senators as well. I

f you can’t get through – because we have jammed the phones – make sure you have registered as per point 2.



7 June 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Call to Action for Manus & Nauru