Actions and Rallies:
• Send Senator Lambie a message about the Mobile Ban Bill
(From 10 September 2020)
Tasmanian Sentaor Jacqui Lambie want’s your opinion on the Migration
Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020
aka the Immigration Detention Mobile Phone Ban Bill.
This bill will soon go before the Senate and Senator Lambie’s vote
will the critical:
Lambie outsourcing casting vote on asylum seeker phone ban to public poll
(SMH – 13 September 2020).
Banning mobile phones in immigration detention would make an inhumane
system even crueler (The Conversation – 1 September 2020).
Tell Sentaor Lambie what you think of the Bill.
Send her a message now!
• Auswide: Migration Act amendments: phone ban bill
(28 August 2020: updated 10 September 2020)
The Senate is due to consider this bill soon.
We understand that the amendment to the legislation will be voted on Monday by the House of Reps, and if passed there, by the Senate on Tuesday (1 September).
It’s very important that the Labor and cross bench MPs and Senators hear from you before Monday so here’s an urgent action for this weekend: lobby your MPs and senators now!
Email and call you state senators now and tell them you want them to vote no to the proposed amendment of the Migration Act.
Contact details for your state senators.
As we all know mobile phones are a lifeline
They enable access to families, loved ones, legal representation, health support and the outside world. They also 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 .
Independent MPs email addresses: Helen.Haines.MP@aph.gov.au Bob.Katter.MP@aph.gov.au Rebekha.Sharkie.MP@aph.gov.au Zali.Steggall.MP@aph.gov.au Andrew.Wilkie.MP@aph.gov.au
Independent Senators email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Covid-19 Crisis
As the Covid-19 crisis continues it is affecting refugees & people seeking asylum.
Here’s what you can do to help them.
• Events Calendar
Rural Australians for Refugees events calendar
Please let us know about your rallies and actions – we will post the times and places here.
Vigils and regular actions
Please note: some regular street actions may have been suspended during the Covid-19 restriction period.
Past actions and events
Meetings, Community Awareness & Education Events
• Australia wide: 6 to 12 September
National Week of Solidarity (during Child Protection Week)
A week of digital and on-site events reaching out to the networks among tertiary institutions, colleges and universities, spreading the word state-wide and nationally to support the call to campaign for children and families seeking asylum gaining access to a social safety net during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Part of the #NoChildLeftBehind campaign RCOA have organised webinars to show their support with students seeking asylum.
More information and registration at nochildleftbehind.com.au
• Brisbane: Sunday 13 September 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Solidarity Sunday: Faith Vigil #FreeTheKP120
721 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane
People of faith please come a prayerful vigil and silent meditation in support of the KP120 (i.e. the people indefinitely detained at the Kangaroo Point Alternative Place of Detention or APOD).
More detail on Facebook Events.
• Australia wide: Tuesday 15 September 2020 10am – 12pm
Refugee Communities in Cultural Transition Forum: sharing our stories, showcasing our successes.
Presented by the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).
Speakers include Chris Sidoti plus a panel discussion.
Register on Zoom.
• Saturday 19 September 2020
Regional and Rural Australia: RAR Annual General Meeting
Rural Australians for Refugees.
• September and November 2020
Cultural Connexions: Esmat Noori talks about his flight from the Taliban and his four year journey via detention in Indonesia to Australia.
May, September and November 2020
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Parke Street Katoomba 2779
There’s more information and booking details at Eventbrite
Hosted by Cultural Connections.
• Wednesday 28 Oct 2020 10.00am – 1.00pm (AEDT)
The Politicisation of Seeking Asylum
A free webinar with Alison Mountz (Wilfrid Laurier University), Behrouz Boochani (Ngi Tahu Research Centre, Canterbury University/UNSW) and more.
Co-sponsored by Challenging Racism Project and the Diversity and Human Rights Research Centre (Western Sydney University) and Academics for Refugees.
Register on Zoom.
Community awareness and community education events are listed on the RAR calendar which can be searched on date, location (state) and key words.
To submit your calendar event via the ARAN website, add the details to the form below and click the ‘send’ button.
Publishing events on the calendar are at the sole discretion of RAR.
Submit details of your upcoming actions,
rallies, vigils and events