News

Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS) 

Message from RAR President –

As SRSS cuts start to bite we will have more requests for assistance, so if you have accommodation, please let me know. 
If any members want to assist me to organise requests can you let me know please.

Email

SRSS leaflet
You can print it out double sided and there is room at the bottom for the name, address and phone number of your local member.
Thank you Mike from Bellingen and Nambucca District RAR.

  • Cuts to SRSS are already happening
  • SRSS was paid to people while they wait for their asylum applications to be processed.
  • Processing of asylum applications has blown out to 2020
  • SRSS was only 85% of Newstart

• 13.299 people could be affected
• This includes 4,059 children (age 0- 17 years).

  • Help will be needed for food, housing, social inclusion and jobs.

Australian Churches Taskforce – How Can I Help – Dignity Not Destitution
Dignity Not Destitution brochure

Kon Karapanagiotidis from the ASRC explains new plans to try & starve out 12,500 people seeking asylum

What you can do …

Write or phone Malcolm Turnbull to stop these changes being rolled out 

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull –
Phone: Wentworth Office – (02) 9327 3988   or   Canberra Office – (02) 6277 7700
EmailUse the this form to email the Prime Minister.
Letters – Prime Minister, Parliament House, CANBERRA ACT 2600  or   
PO Box 545, Edgecliff, NSW, 2027

  1. RCOA Petition – Aim – 5,000 signatures in 3 months
  2. Contact your local member and express your concern.
  3. Ensure your local community is informed
  4. Contact if you are willing to help with food, housing, jobs, funding, so we can direct you to support the appropriate services
  5. Volunteer to support RAR National to co-ordinate these services if required

More SRSS information –

  • In response to the changes to SRSS, in April the Buddies Refugee Support Group on the Sunshine Coast (Qld) has pledged to give $750 a month for at least 6 months towards accommodation and food costs for affected families in Brisbane.The funds are going to three organisations; the Asylum Circle and MDA (providing suitable accommodation for families) and the Romero Centre (providing food and grocery vouchers). You can help by signing petitions, supporting Buddies ongoing Food Drive, volunteering to help with Buddies fundraisers or running your own fundraiser.

Community Sponsorship

Call for an Australian Bill of Rights

Prof Triggs, former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, used her speech at the recent National RAR Conference to call for an Australian Bill of Rights.

‘‘Unlike almost every other comparable country Australia has no bill of rights against which government policies, legislation and actions can be benchmarked,’’ Prof Triggs told the 300-strong conference.

She gave examples of how the human rights of people seeking asylum have suffered because courts have not had such a legal tool to use.

How Human Rights can be Defended – Gillian Triggs in Conversation with Julian Burnside
This event was recorded and is available on the bottom of the the linked page

Gillian Triggs – An Australian Bill of Rights – Amnesty International Australia – Streamed live on 18 Apr 2018 – Amnesty Speakers Series

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Boat ‘turnbacks’ in Australia: a quick guide to the statistics since 2001 – 
Compiled by Parliamentary Library staff  – Updated 16 November 2017

Fifty more refugees approved to leave Manus and Nauru for US  – The Guardian, 18 April

About 50 refugees are expected to leave Manus Island and Nauru in coming weeks to start new lives in the US. The refugees received their final approvals on Wednesday morning and will join about 230 who have resettled in America. Since resettlements under the deal started in September, about 145 refugees have left Nauru and 85 have left Manus Island. Labor senator Kristina Keneally said Australians wanted to see a speedy resolution to clearing the offshore camps… more

Cameroon team chief says he’s heard nothing from missing athletes – ABC News, 16 April

Cameroon’s Chef de Mission has flown out of the Gold Coast having heard nothing from his eight missing Commonwealth Games athletes, saying he is exhausted from the scrutiny prompted by their disappearance. Victor Agbor Nso had to deal with the media fallout after the athletes vanished from the athletes’ village during competition in a series of late night walk-outs. All but one had competed in their individual events before they disappeared. The athletes could be legitimate refugees, advocates say… more

DID YOU KNOW?

Refugee Welcome Zones: Local Councils building a culture of welcome for refugees

A Refugee Welcome Zone (RWZ) is a Local Government Area which has made a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community. The Refugee Welcome Zone initiative began in June 2002 as part of Refugee Week celebrations.

The Refugee Welcome Zone initiative focuses on welcoming refugees into our communities.

Welcoming Cities: Supporting Local Councils and communities towards greater social cohesion and economic success.

Welcoming Cities in an initiative that supports local councils, and their communities, to become more welcoming and inclusive. We are creating a national network of cities, shires, towns and municipalities who are committed to an Australia where everyone can belong and participate in social, economic and civic life.

Welcoming Cities initiative has a broader community focus than refugees.
Download a summary Welcoming Cities Outline May 2018

The Refugee Council of Australia has three teleconference working groups on key campaign issues: Permanent Protection, Ending Offshore Processing, Increasing the Refugee Quota/Special Humanitarian Quotas. You can join any of these if interested by contacting .

Other News that RAR feels is important

Legal Representation

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.

The Turnbull government launched an unprecedented attack on people seeking asylum who after waiting over 4 years to apply for asylum, suddenly had to lodge their refugee application.

If people did’t lodge their application within the government’s time-frame, the government threatened to take away their right to apply for asylum in Australia.

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

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

Margaret Rasa of RAR National attended UNHCR

It was a really productive visit with the members listening to the points made on behalf of members for Rural Australians for Refugees.

We will be visiting and meeting with politicians in the Liberal and National parties in addition to the Independents later this year.