What RAR groups do
- Aim to raise public awareness of the issues involving asylum seekers and refugees
- Write letters to newspapers and politicians
- Meet members of parliament to challenge inhumane policies
- Provide practical help (food, clothing, accommodation) to local refugees
- Fund-raise for asylum seekers and refugees
These are the ten changes that RAR members would like to see
As a Nation …
- Receive asylum seekers in accordance with the humane standards set out in the UN Convention on Refugees which Australia signed in 1954.
- Close all off-shore and remote detention centres and take full responsibility for processing asylum seeker claims here in Australia.
- Rescind all current legislation that condones and even encourages human rights violations and establish a formal multi-party parliamentary committee to draft refugee and asylum seeker policies that will gain bipartisan support.
- Do more to improve public understanding of the plight of asylum seeker issues and to dispel common myths.
- Provide orientation, training and support to urban and rural communities willing to assist refugees with accommodation and employment.
In our Region …
- Work with our Asia Pacific neighbours to find co-operative and non-punitive solutions to the flow of refugees into and through the region.
- Ensure that countries currently hosting disproportionate numbers of refugees are given appropriate support.
In the Global context …
- Use its position on the United Nations Security Council
- Seek a world-wide increase in aid for refugees
- Seek to influence oppressive governments who are persecuting their minority groups.
Rural Australians for Refugees calls on the Australian Government to seek solutions at
a global, regional and national level to address the international asylum seeker and refugee crisis.