Past Campaigns

Refugee Week 2019

#Kidsoffnauru – website

Photos of #KidsOffNauru campaign here

Media and Reports of #KidsOffNauru campaign here

Summary of campaign.

#KidsOffNauru is a sector wide campaign calling for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to act to bring the 119 children and their families currently detained on Nauru to safety in Australia before Universal Children’s Day on November 20, 2018.

It’s 93 days to get all children out of detention on Nauru and into safety.
What does the #KIDSOFFNAURU campaign want?

The children should be either resettled in Australia or in another suitable country which welcomes them. Children in detention should not be discriminated against and must be given a fair chance for survival and development. All decisions taken about offshore, indefinite detention must first and foremost consider the best interest of the child. This is to ensure that these children will be able to face their futures with certainty and finally start to pursue their hopes and dreams.

Whatever the solution, locking up children is not it.

This is two-year-old Roze is held on Nauru. Her parents say she is sociable and likes to play outside, but there is no place for children to play in Nauru. Her family has been in Nauru for five years. Photograph: World Vision

This is the face of a little boy who was born behind bars in detention on Nauru.




Campaign images supplied by World Vision here

RAR Press Release – #KidsOffNauru – August 20, 2018

Refugee Council of Australia petition – Kids Off Nauru
GetUp Petition – Demand Politicians get #KidsOffNauru

20/8/18 – Human rights groups set deadline to get all refugee children off Nauru.  Coalition of NGOs and charities calls for children to be brought to Australia by 20 November

“We abhor any form of unfair vulnerability created by a situation and this is actually of the Australian parliament’s making,” said World Vision Australia’s chief executive Claire Rogers.

“There’s a quite clear contravention of the refugee convention, and also we believe very strongly a breach of the rights of the child.”

Recent Media re Health Issues for Children

18/8/18 – AMA calls for Urgent Action to Ensure Proper Health Care for Asylum Seeker Children on Nauru

14/8/18 – ‘Resignation syndrome’ plagues refugee kids – Refugee and asylum seeker children held in immigration detention are increasingly suffering from a rare syndrome associated with lengthy confinement.

13/8/18 – Politicians Call For Refugees To Be Brought To Australia Over Child Mental Health Crisis – Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Greens senator Nick McKim have urged the government to bring refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia immediately, amid an ongoing mental health crisis on the Pacific islands where Australia has run offshore detention centres for years. But Labor’s immigration spokesperson Shayne Neumann said the government should instead accept an offer from New Zealand to resettle the refugees there, and reiterated his party’s support for offshore detention.

13/8/18 – Australia’s Child Refugees are Suffering A Rare Psychological Illness Where They Withdraw from the World – At least six children sent to Nauru by the Australian government have resignation syndrome. Doctors say the rare psychological illness is like “going into hibernation”. (Resignation Syndrome was first reported in Sweden in the late 1990s. More than 400 cases were reported in the two years from 2003-2005.)

For more about #KidsOffNauru campaign click here

5th Anniversary of the opening of Manus and Nauru 

Australian-Wide Rallies:  16 July – 23 July 2018

#JusticeforRefugees   #FiveYearsTooLong   #BringThemHere








Face to Face Advocacy 

The “Use Your Voice” kit is a Refugee Advocacy Kit that can be used by people who wish to engage face to face with members of parliament who will stand for election and those people who are candidates for the election.

The First Hike Project

To provide connection to their new country, “The First Hike Project” is taking groups of young refugees on a weekend hiking and camping exploration along the Bibbulmun Track.  The Bibbulmun Track is a long distance walk trail in Western Australia.  The name comes from the Bibbulmun, or Noongar people, Indigenous Australians from the Perth area.


Op Shop Fashion Parades

Ballarat RAR recently held an OP Shop Fashion Parade – watch it here
Could you organise something similar in your area?

Media Releases

18 July 2018

Media Release from Academics for Refugees

16 July 2018 

RAC Eurobodalla to join National Day of Action

18 July 2018

Why these Ballarat grandmothers are taking a stand for refugees
12 Empty Chairs:
A Haunting Reminder of Detention Deaths, in Vigils Across Australia
Vigil to draw attention to plight of refugees at Nauru and Manus Island
Refugee tragedy of Manus Island and Nauru
12 Empty Chairs: A Haunting Reminder of Detention Deaths, in Vigils Across Australia

19 July 2018

Refugee advocates target political leaders
Protests mark five years of detention for Manus, Nauru refugees
12 Empty Chairs Symbolise the Grief of a Nation – 5 Years Too Long, 12 Deaths Too Many
Empty chairs and footwear pairs in detention protest
Vic vigils for offshore detention deaths
More than 30 protesters in Hargreaves Mall called for better treatment of refugees
‘Five years too many’: Shoalhaven residents rally for refugees
Manning and Great Lakes Rural Australians for Refugees vigil 2018
Five years on, it’s past time to evacuate Manus and Nauru
Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees holds Day of Mourning for detainees on Manus Island and Nauru
Refugee advocates are protesting outside the offices of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten
Blue Mountains Refugee Support group holds vigil outside Macquarie MP’s office
Shameful anniversary: 5 years of offshore detention
What is happening on Nauru should shock the conscience of every Australian

20 July 2018

Mourning those who have died in detention
Five years of detention
Manus anniversary: ‘It’s been five years of … misery’
Call for evacuation of asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru
Scrap boat turnbacks, unions tell Shorten
Clearing asylum seeker camps is job half done
Support for Refugees is Growing – But There’s Hatred and it’s Troubling, say Activists

Wangaratta action made Front Page news

21 July 2018

Thousands rally in support of refugees – SBS
Thousands protest Australia’s refugee detention policy
Thousands rally in support of refugees –
Australians Protest Five Years of Offshore Detention Policy – NY Times

24 July 2018

RAR calls for action on 19 July 2018

19 July Poster with Images for Printing

19 July RAR Poster for Printing

Images for use on 19 July


5 years- 12 Deaths – Poster from Bayside RAR

12 empty chairs and 12 pairs of thongs or shoes representing those who have died in offshore detention,
on Manus and Nauru, in the past 5 years.

The decision to use Manus and Nauru for offshore detention was made in August 2012.  Nauru opened on 14 September 2012 and Manus on 21 November 2012.

The July 19 date relates to PM Kevin Rudd’s announcement of a new “Regional Resettlement Arrangement” with Papua New Guinea.

  1. That all asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat from 19 July onwards would be transferred to Papua New Guinea for processing.
  2. And, if they are found to be refugees, face permanent settlement in PNG.

16 July 2018

Ballarat (Vic) – 11am Outside the office of Catherine King MP for Ballarat – walk to Queen Victoria Square

Ballarat RAR kicks off #5YearsTooMany Campaign

22 July 2018

Why these Ballarat grandmothers are taking a stand for refugees

More than 30 people braved Ballarat’s cold 7 degrees winter’s day to attend the rally.
Rally started at Catherine Kings office and all then at 11:30 processed down to Queen Victoria Square in front of the Town Hall  spending 45 minutes being very visible to traffic and pedestrians.

Ballarat RAR and Grandmothers will also be at the Melbourne Rally on Saturday 21 July 2018 – Meet at 11.12 am Wendouree Station or 11.18am Ballarat Station

19 July 2018

Albany (WA) – Denmark and Albany combined vigil, 11am –  12 Noon – Outside the office of Rick Wilson MP for O’Connor
345 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie, WA. Further information – 

Albury (Vic)
12 Noon – 1pm QEII Square on Dean Street

Armidale (NSW)
1.   10am – 11.30am – Armidale Mall, Armidale
2.   12:30pm – 1.30pm – University of New England
3.    5pm to 5:30pm – cnr Marsh and Dumaresq Streets, Armidale

Bendigo (Vic)
12 Noon Hargreaves Mall, outside the office of Senator McKenzie – also deliver a letter to Lisa Chesters MP for Bendigo


Bentleigh (Vic)
10am to 4 pm – Outside the office of Tim Wilson MP for Goldstein
Berwick (Vic)
10am – Outside the office of Jason Wood, MP for La Trobe
3/16 Langmore Lane Berwick

Buderim (Qld)
4.30pm-6pm  St Marks Anglican Church









Camberwell (Vic)
11.30am – 12.30pm outside the office of Josh Frydenberg MP for Kooyong
695 Burke Road Camberwell 

Castlemaine (Vic)
12 Noon-1pm – In front of the Market Building, Mostyn St, Castlemaine – 

Daylesford (Vic)
4.30pm – 5.30pm – In Vincent Street near the ANZ Bank

Darwin (NT)
12-3pm outside Immigration Office – Cavenagh St, Darwin

10am-4pm – on the lawn outside the Echuca Library
Echuca Moama RAR will hold a silent vigil with 12 Empty Chairs

Edgecliff (NSW)
1pm-2.30pm, office of Malcolm Turnbull, PM & MP for Wentworth,
287-289 New South Head Rd

Geelong (Vic):  Rolling protest
3:30 pm – outside the office of Richard Marles MP for Corio, (Yarra St, Geelong)

4:30 pm – outside the office of Sarah Henderson MP for Corangamite (cnr Rossack Drive and Colac Rd Waurn Ponds)

5:30 pm – Highway lantern vigil, corner of Latrobe Terrace and Ryrie St Geelong
For more details – 

AIRAR will be joining with SCRAR and CRAG outside Sarah Henderson MP’s office at 4.30 and then on the side of the Highway in Geelong.


Great Western (Vic)
2pm 1477 Western Hwy, Great Western

Hamilton (Vic)
2pm – 7.30pm Outside Hamilton Performing Arts Centre where the Film Society will be having its monthly showing of a film
Hamilton and District RAR will be supported by the Dunkeld Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support group

4pm – 5pm – oitside the office of Kevin Hogan MP
61-63 Molesworth Street, Lismore

Marrickville (NSW)
4.30-5.30pm office of Anthony Albanese, MP for Grayndler
334A Marrickville Rd

Moonee Ponds (Vic)
12 Noon – Outside the office of Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition, MP for Maribyrnong
Suite 1A, 12 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds

Moss Vale (NSW)
12.15-1.30pm, Leighton Gardens, Argyle St

5pm -6pm in front of Newcastle City Hall, Kind Street, Newcastle.

Nowra (NSW)
12 noon – 2pm – Outside the office of Ann Sudmalis MP for Gilmore
59 Junction Street, Nowra, NSW

Parramatta (NSW)
5.30pm – 6.30pm Centenary Square, Parramatta (Sydney, NSW) (Church St. 3 mins walk from Parramatta Train Station)
For information

Penrith (NSW)
Details tba – 

Revesby (Sydney, NSW)
11am-1pm Outside Coles Supermarket
(Next to Revesby Train Station, Cnr of Dixon Lane & Blamey St, 20-30 Blamey St)
For information –

Rosny Park (Tas, East Hobart)
12pm-2pm, outside the office of Julie Collins MP for Franklin
18 Ross Avenue, Rosny Park, East Hobart

Sydney CBD (NSW)
Time TBC, Pitt St Mall –
Grandmothers Against Detention – For information – 

Taree (NSW)
12-2pm – Outside the office of David Gillespie, Assistant Minister for Children and Families, MP for Lyne
144 Victoria Street, Taree

Tweed Heads (NSW) – Far north coast will support the Lismore Amnesty event
4-5pm at the office of Kevin Hogan MP 61-63 Molesworth Street, Lismore

Wangaratta (Vic)
12 Noon -2pm – Outside the office of Cathy McGowan MP for Indi
117 Murphy Street, Wangaratta
RAR welcomes supporters from Wangaratta, Mansfield, Benalla, Beechworth, Albury Wodonga, Alpine and surrounding areas to attend for all or part of theWangaratta vigil.

Windsor (NSW)
12 noon, 299 George St Windsor
Whyalla (SA)
10am – 1pm Outside the office of Rowan Ramsey, MP for Grey
45a Playford Ave, Whyalla, SA
4pm til 4:30pm – 128 High St (outside the Coles’ supermarket car park in High St) Woodend –

Friday, 20 July

Adelaide (SA)
5pm – 6pm – King William end of Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Brisbane (Qld)
5pm King George Square

Warrnambool (Vic)
12 Noon – Outside the office of Dan Tehan MP for Wannon
73 Kepler Street, Warrnambool

Saturday, 21 July

Adelaide (SA)
2pm Pilgrim Uniting Church with speakers Imran Mohammad who was on Manus and is now in America, Dr Paddy Mclisky from doctors for refugees, Claire O’Connor SC Barrister and human rights advocate.
At 3 pm we move to the Mall to be a visible public presence

Benalla (Vic)
10am – Bridge Street, Benalla

Cairns (Qld)
2pm-3pm 2pm-3pm Esplanade on the lawn near the stones (just south towards Fogarty Park)

Canberra (ACT)
1pm Commonwealth Ave

Coffs Harbour (NSW)
10:30 am Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, where the farmers markets are held.

Melbourne (Vic)
2pm State Library

Perth (WA)
1pm Corner of Murray Street Mall and Forrest Place

Sydney (NSW)
1pm Town Hall

Sunday, 22 July

Kerang (Vic)
7.30pm – 8pm St Johns Anglican Church Kerang

Newcastle (NSW)
3pm Wheeler Place