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19 July Actions – 10 Years Too (bloody) Long   

List of actions       Resources for 10 Years Too Long actions    Refugees Off PNG campaign   Background – Offshore detention since 2012

On Wednesday 19th July 2023, it will be 10 long years since former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that anyone seeking asylum who arrived by boat would be ‘never allowed to settle in Australia’ and would be subject to offshore detention.  This resulted in the regime of cruelty under which thousands of men, women and children suffered years in appalling conditions in detention on Nauru and Manus Island. See further detail on background here

In the week of 19 July, we are calling for an End to 10 Years of Trauma:

  • Bring refugees from PNG to safety
  • Permanent visas for ALL refugees
  • Replace the broken ‘Fast Track’ system
  • End Offshore Processing

Media release is here (Word Doc)

Listing of 10 Years Too Long Events   ( 19 – 23 July)   



  • Sydney:    Sunday 23 July 2023, 1.00pm – 3.00pm    Sydney Town Hall
    Rally – Labor’s refugee shame: Ten years too bloody long
    Organised by Refugee Action Coalition (Sydney RAC) 
    Facebook event:    

  • Armidale:  Wednesday 19 July 2023  5.15-6.00 pm

    Vigil  – 10 Years Too Long
    Central Park, Armidale (near the Rotunda)
    Organised by Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees 
    Further detail

  • Blue Mountains: 
    Wednesday 19 July  1.00pm

    Silent Vigil – outside Susan Templeman’s office in Lawson
    Also social media campaign – what were you doing 10 years ago?
    Organised by the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group

    Sunday 23 July 
    Vigil in Springwood
    Organised by Grandmothers for Refugees

  • Newcastle:  Wednesday 19 July  4.00pm
    Action at MP Sharon Claydon’s office
    cnr Hunter/Auckland St Newcastle
    Focus on the 80 refugees abandoned in PNG
    Organised by Hunter Seeker Asylum Awareness (HASA)
    Facebook event:

  • Wollongong:  Wednesday July 19th 3.00pm
    Vigil outside Alison Byrrnes’ (MP for Cunningham) Office
    74 Crown Street, Wollongong

    Organised by Refugee Action Collective Illawarra
    Facebook event:


  • Melbourne:  Wednesday 19 July 5.00pm,  State Library of Victoria
    Sing for Refugee Rights – 10 years too long 

    Organized by:  Love Makes A Way

  • Melbourne:   Rally on Saturday 22 June   2.00pm,  State Library of Victoria, Swanston Street Rally:  10 years too bloody long: permanent visas for all now
    Organised by Refugee Action Collective (Vic) 
    Facebook event:

  • Melbourne:   Vigil Action on Friday 21 July at 11.00am

    Minister O’Neil’s office, 17 Atherton Road, Oakleigh
    This vigil action will mark the 10th anniversary of the policy of Offshore Processing.
    For further details contact

  • Alexandra:   Vigil Wednesday 19th July at 10.00am  Alexandra Rotunda
    Organised by Alexandra (Vic) RAR
    Enquiries :

  • Ballarat:    Wednesday 19 July  11.30am – 12.30pm

    11.30am    Gathering at MP Catherine King’s office, Lydiard Street North
    Followed by Vigil at Queen Victoria Square (opposite Town Hall)
    12noon    Alfred Memorial Bells will ring 10 time for 10 years of trauma Organised by Ballarat Rural Australians for Refugees

  • Bendigo:    Banner Making Workshop on Saturday 8th July and Vigil on Friday 21st July

    Organised by Bendigo RAR
    Banner making workshop on Saturday 8th July at 2.00pm – 4.00 pm Trades Hall, View St, Bendigo – this is for the Ten Years Too Bloody Long vigil
    Ten years – too bloody long vigil on Friday 21st July at 4.30pm at the corner of Rosalind Park, opposite the fountain

  • Brunswick:    Sunday 16 July  12.00pm – 1.00pm   260 Sydney Road Brunswick Ecumenical Prayer Vigil  – 10 Years Too Long
    Come together to pray in lament and hope for refugees on the 10th anniversary of Australia’s offshore processing policy
    Organised by Brunswick Uniting Church
    Further detail:
  • Yea:   Vigil Wednesday 19th July at 10.00am  Main Street Yea
    Organised by Alexandra (Vic) RAR
    Enquiries :



  • HobartFriday July 14 from 5.00pm – 6.00pm  cnr of Murray and Macquarie Sts

    The Tasmanian Refugee Rights Action Group will be holding their monthly honkathon on the 14th July with “10 yrs too bloody long ” and similar messages on placards

  • HobartFriday July 21 from 11.30am – 12.30pm  cnr of Murray and Macquarie 
    The Tassie Nannas will be having their usual knitting vigil with “10 yrs too bloody long ” messages and postcards to sign. They will then make their way to Senator Carol Brown’s office to gather outside the office with placards.

  • HobartFriday July 21 at 12.30pm
    Walk to MPs offices – leaving from Elizabeth Street Mall
    Refugee Rights group and Tassie Nannas will walk to Senator Carol Brown’s office for a display of placards. A letter asking for the refugees from PNG to be brought to Australia will be delivered to Senator Carol Brown’s office.  Letters will also be delivered to Senator Katryna Bilyk in Kingston and the Minister for Housing and the Homeless Julie Collins M.P.


  • Adelaide:  Wednesday 19th July 12.00pm – 1.00pm

    Refugees in Limbo – 10yrs too long – Actions at MPs offices:   all 12-1pm 
    21 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide – Office of The Hon Mark Butler MP Office (J4RSA) – see FB event
    232 Main S Rd, Morphett Vale -Office of The Hon Amanda Rishworth Office (J4RSA) – see FB event 
    70 Franklin St, Adelaide – Office of The Dept of Home Affairs (Adelaide Vigil)  – see FB event 
    Actions organised by Justice 4 Refugees SA (J4RSA) and the Adelaide Vigil

    The J4RSA Management Committee will also be sending letters/meeting with key MPs and Ministers, and we are asking our members/supporters to also send letters and meet with MPS.



19 July     7 – 8pm  (in Greece)     (AEST  20 July   2am – 3am)
Thessaloniki solidarity action – Kamara
Australia’s Refugee Shame: #10YearsTooBloodyLong
Australia’s draconian and inhumane policies have been a terrible example across the world, not least here in Greece. Boat pushbacks are now part of the Mitsotakis government’s practice, and closed detention centres are being built on the Aegean Islands.
Organised by KEERFA:!KEERFA-Salonikis 
Facebook event:

International Alliance Against Mandatory Detention group is encouraging solidarity actions outside Australian embassies and consulates (and/or in prominent places if no such embassy exists).  Actions may be organised in London, Rome, Setubal (a small city in Portugal), and Los Angeles.
Facebook event:


Take Action: 

Tell them no one should have to live in limbo for 10 years.  All refugees in Australia need a pathway to safe and permanent resettlement – they need a safe and secure future. People seeking asylum need a fair and timely assessment process – not 10 years in limbo. People still held in PNG need the option of being brought here.

You may find the ARAN letter kit helpful – find it here 
You can also send a postcard (download below)

Find your local federal MP here  
See contact details for Labor and other selected senators here
See tips for writing to MPs here

Resources to support your local 10 Years Too Long action


You might also like to support the ongoing Refugees Off PNG campaign    – see details here

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Regular vigils and actions

Regular events you can attend in your part of the world:
New South Wales
South Australia
WA Qld and Territories.

Please note: some regular street actions may have been suspended during the Covid-19 restriction period.

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Past actions and events

ARAN’s archive of past actions, protests and rallies across Australia
Includes: 7 Years Too Long, July  2020.

ARAN’s archive of past events and meetings across Australia

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• Palm Sunday 2023 National Day of Action
Find out more here


Palm Sunday 2022 National Day of Action
Find out more here

June 2021 World Refugees Day actions and events
Find out more on on the ARAN World Refugee Week page.

• NT: Darwin: Mass letter write-in
Tuesday 1 June 2021 6.30pm
Lucky Bat Cafe Nightcliff

Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network (DASSAN) 

• NSW: Sydney  Grandmothers vigil
Tuesday 1 June 12.30-1.30pm
Sydney QVB vigil
at the Queen Victoria statue
Bring your homemade placards if possible; banners will also be available.

• Vic: Geelong – Melbourne
Sunday 30 May 2.00pm
Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) community protest
Park Hotel Melbourne
Bring banners of support for the people locked in detention.

• Auswide: Government to rush through protection interviews
Take Action Now! Call Minister Andrews on (02) 6277 7860 and demand that she cancels this unfair and harmful decision and gives people reasonable and sufficient time to prepare their cases with legal support.
For background see:
Asylum seekers face ‘interview of their lives’ as caseload blitz launched
(The Age) 11 May 2021

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• #Time For A Home #Free the Refugees

A campaign for the release of refugees from detention and for their safe resettlement. Here is a list of actions you can be part of that are coming up soon:

• Home to Bilo Actions

Detained on Christmas Island, the Biloela Family needs your help:
Find out what more you can do.

Other Actions and Rallies

• NT: Darwin – Release the Darwin 7 Saturday rallies
   End their indefinite detention!

Nightcliff markets
Plus the weekly Home Affairs Protest
Every Wednesday lunchtime
Home Affairs Protests at 12.30pm
21 Lindsay St Darwin

Find out more on the Darwin Asylum Seeker Support
and Advocacy Network DASSAN Facebook page.

• Qld: Brisbane – Solidarity protest, free all the Medevac refugees
Friday 30 April 4.30pm
Permanency not poverty for those released
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 
(Grey Street Entrance (opposite ABC studio)
Find out more on Facebook Events
Refugees Action Collective (RAC) Qld


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Meetings, Community Awareness & Education Events

•  Auswide: ARAN member groups national discussion about the
July 19 actions 8 Years Too Long actions to draw attention to situation
for those refugees still on Nauru and in PNG after 8 long years.
Tuesday 25 May at 7.30pm
On zoom: message ARAN for access details

• NSW: Sydney – Grandmothers NSW Face to Face meeting
Thursday 17 June 10.00am
Pilgrim House 264 Pitt St. Sydney.
Due to Covid restrictions, numbers will be limited.
Details to come.

• Launch of The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law
Tuesday 25 May 6.00 – 7.00pm
Register on EventBrite

• Auswide: Grandmothers online event
Wednesday 19 May 1.00pm,
Refugee advocate Graham Thom has been working for freedom for refugees and advocating for their settlement here and in New Zealand. He is particularly worried about the increasingly dire situation of the Rohingya people and will share with us these concerns. Registration is essential for this meeting:


Post your own
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