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Print and send to Senators in your state – see names of Senators for your state here
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND TO THEIR NON-CANBERRA ADDRESS.
We understand that the amendment to the legislation will be voted on Monday (31AUG2020) by the House of Reps, and if passed there, by the Senate on Tuesday next week.
It’s very important that the Labor and crossbench MPs and Senators hear from you asap – see below.
The amendment to allow the removal of phones is not listed for voting by House of Reps and Senate on MONDAY & TUESDAY
Email and call you state senators NOW and tell them you want them to vote NO to the proposed amendment of the Migration Act. See attached listings. Find your state senators here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members
As we all know mobile phones are a lifeline. They enable access to families, loved ones, legal representation, health support and the outside world…..and make it possible for people to shine a light on what’s really going on inside immigration detention centres. The government hasn’t made a reasonable case this grab-bag of powers, when police can already investigate any allegations.
Points to mention in your emails and calls:
- Police already have powers to remove illegal substances and items
- Immigration detention centres are not prisons – and detainees should not be treated as prisoners
- Refugees and people seeking asylum are in administrative detention because the government has not resolved their visa status. These people do not pose a security or criminal risk.
- The intention to remove mobile phones must be seen as an attempt to silence those held in detention, and to prevent public scrutiny and access to advocates and other support people.
- Mobile phones can enable detainees to hold staff accountable for their actions and place some constraint on excessive use of force detention staff.
- Most refugees and asylum seekers have been held in detention for very long periods, and their mobile phones are their lifeline and link to the outside world, including maintaining contact with family members here and overseas, and legal and other support contacts. Being able to maintain some connection to the world outside is essential maintaining mental health
THIS IS IMPORTANT – PLEASE EMAIL & CALL TODAY
Here is a postcard you can copy and send too.
Thanks to the Aireys Inlet RAR Letter Writing Team, Southern Highlands RAR, and other RAR members for these Postcards
Most of the postcards can be printed as A4 (both sides) – then cut, to make 4 Postcards (A6 size)
Three Types of Christmas Cards which can be printed as a Card, Postcard or images shared on Social Media.
#tonz Postcard for PM – A4 pdf version
#tonz postcard for PM – A4 Word version
The below postcards are with regard to the ongoing inhumane detention of the Daughters of the Tamil family from Biloela Queensland. The group asked that you sign and post the postcard.
- RAR19-057 Flyer picture – Biloela Resident fights for PR 9 June
- RAR19-057 Flyer picture – Biloela Tamil Daughters still in MITA 9 June
- RAR19-057 Flyer picture – Biloela Vigil 9 June
- RAR19-057 Flyer wording – Biloela Tamil Daughters still in MITA 9 June
- RAR19-057 Postcard – Biloela Tamil Daughters still in MITA 9 June
The below postcards are from March 2019.
- RAR19-053 Postcard image – Inhumane and humiliating detention in Australia – 10 March
- RAR19-053 Postcard letter – Inhumane and humiliating detention in Australia – 10 March
- RAR19-053 Market Flyer- Inhumane and humiliating detention in Australia – 10 March
ARAN – Australian Refugee Action Network
Print the dove on light cardboard – cut out and hang on xmas trees
Designed by RAR Southern Highlands
Designed by RAR Daysleford
Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018