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June 2021

Canberra Convergence

15 June 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Parliament House Lawn, Canberra Canberra, + Google Map

On 15 June, join us at the Canberra Convergence, sending a powerful message to the Government and all our elected representatives. In 2018, our movement came together in Canberra to demand #KidsOffNauru. We forced the government to listen. And we won. Now it’s time for a real solution for everyone caught up by the terrible offshore detention regime, and the violence that came with it. 10am - Meet on the Parliament House Lawns 11am - Speeches

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Refugee Week

20 June 2021 - 26 June 2021

People around Australia will be celebrating Refugee Week 2021

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World Refugee Day Actions

20 June 2021

Listed on the ARAN Website and the Refugee Week website RAR encourages everyone to list their events online. Register your events here: ARAN - Australian Refugee Action Network - https://aran.net.au/contact/ Refugee Week: Refugee Council of Australia - https://action.refugeecouncil.org.au/create_event Amnesty International Australia - https://www.amnesty.org.au/host-an-event-2/ For further information, email: ARAN - Australian Refugee Action Network - Refugee Week: Refugee Council of Australia -  

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Band Together

23 June 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sydney Town Hall

Wednesday June 23rd at 6.30 pm AEST, we will kick off the week of celebrations with BAND TOGETHER, an evening of conversation and music at the Sydney Town Hall. The event will highlight the work of refugee artist Farhad Bandesh and it will include a conversation with Craig Foster and music support by Midnight Oil. Tickets are now on sale at this link.

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“Temporary” Storytelling Podcasts

25 June 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Friday June 25th at 7.00 pm AEST, The National Amnesty Refugee Network will host an online event in collaboration with the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and bring to the audience refugee stories from ‘Temporary‘. The story-telling project reveals through different art mediums the lives of people who come to Australia seeking refuge and the laws that entangle them in an endless uncertainty. More news of this event coming soon. In the meantime, do explore the "Temporary" Storytelling Project on the Kaldor Centre…

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Night of Action – Evening Vigils for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum

26 June 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday June 26th, will be our big “Night of Action”. All across the country, Amnesty and other partnering organisations will host evening vigils. To show solidarity with refugees and people seeking asylum still affected by Australia’s inhumane refugee policy. These will be popping up all across the country at 7:00pm AEST. Amnesty groups will be leading in person vigils in Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast, but all across the country you can join us either by hosting your own vigil or by joining the livestream.

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Siev X 20 year anniversary

30 June 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The 20th anniversary of the tragedy will be observed on the evening of Friday 15th and afternoon of Saturday 16th October with several events at the memorial and other locations in Canberra.  Details are still being worked out, but we want to give you advance notice so you can put it on your calendar.

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July 2021


19 July 2021

The 19 July each year reminds us that this was the day that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd declared that asylum seekers who arrived by boat would have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees. Rudd made a deal that saw asylum seekers sent to Papua New Guinea. The arrangement was to be effective for 12 months, but after 8 years, there are still people trapped in PNG and on Nauru

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August 2021

Tampa – 20 Years On

24 August 2021

At dawn on 24 August 2001, the Palapa, a 20-metre wooden fishing boat, was rescued by the MV Tampa, a Norwegian container vessel.

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October 2021


19 October 2021

SIEV X was the name assigned by Australian authorities to an Indonesian fishing boat carrying 421 people seeking asylum in Australia. Approximately 146 children, 142 women and 65 men. A Senate Select Committee investigated the SIEV-X sinking, and concluded that "... it extraordinary that a major human disaster could occur in the vicinity of a theatre of intensive Australian operations and remain undetected until three days after the event, without any concern being raised within intelligence and decision making circles."…

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