2019 Palm Sunday

Rallies were held across Australia
on Palm Sunday 14 April 2019

2019 Palm Sunday Rallies called for Peace, Justice for
Refugees and A Fair Go for All.

Media Release for Palm Sunday 14 April 2019.

Find out more about the 2019 Palm Sunday rallies:
Images, video and stories links from around Australia.

Some of the wonderful speeches from the Melbourne Walk for Justice for Refugees are available here.






Read Richard Flanagan’s rally speech.


Mark Isaacs said: “Yesterday there was an unmistakeable sense of optimism in the air. People were smiling. The chants were strong and defiant. The people can feel the tide turning against cruelty and towards justice.”

Video clip from Canberra Rally here

And RAR groups were in Melbourne, Sydney and across the country

Around 50 members of the Blue Mountains Refugee Support group travelled down to attend the Palm Sunday Rally in Sydney yesterday, very visible in our blue t-shirts! Our banner was held up high by our members during the march to Victoria Park, after hearing some stirring speeches in Belmore Park, including that of Socceroo coach Craig Forster. The rally was well attended, with over 5,000 people there, and when you consider that rallies were held all over the country yesterday that number swells to many thousands more, representing groups such as: RAR, Teachers for Refugees, Mums4Refugees, Refugee Action Coalition, People Like Us and the Grandmas – as well as many churches and a large contingent from The Greens.




Some of the Media hits

Richard Flanagan’s rally speech

Postcards for Palm Sunday 2019

Palm Sunday Walk for Refugees 2019 photos gallery

Friday 12 April

  • Bowral: 5.30-6.30pm, Justice for Refugees Vigil
    Corbett Plaza, Bowral
    Facebook event here
    Photos from our vigil, which was accompanied by beautiful music of Jeremy and Alex, are available on Southern Highlands RAR Facebook page. We called for Justice for asylum seekers and refugees on Manus and Nauru, for all Australian children and refugees to be brought home, and to restore funding for those who have been waiting for years for status resolution
  •  In Yass

Sunday 14 April

  • Adelaide: 2pm. I CHOOSE HUMANE.
    Victoria Square, Adelaide
    Facebook event here
  • Alice Springs: 9am, Safe Harbour Community Art Launch
    John Flynn Uniting Church, Safe Harbour art launch
    Facebook event here
  • Armidale: 11am. Walk for Justice for Refugees.
    11am Meet at Central Park.
    11.30am Walk to Armidale Mall.
    Return to Central Park for Speakers
  • Lennox Head: 11am. Ballina Region for Refugees Palm Sunday Rally
    Foreshore at Lennox Head near the bus stop and across the road from the shops at The guest speaker is Dr Gabrielle Rose from the Refugee Medical Evacuation Support Group.
  • Bendigo: 12 Noon Justice for Refugees Vigil
    Meeting at 12 noon at
    St Andrew’s UCA, St Paul’s Cathedral, Sacred Heart Cathedral, St Killian’s,
    or at the Poppet Head in Rosalind Park,
    and walking to the Bendigo Library Gardens.
    Facebook event here
  • Brisbane: 2-4pm. Palm Sunday Rally for Peace and Refugees
    Speakers Corner, outside Parliament House, Corner of George and Alice Streets, Brisbane.
    Facebook event here
  • Cairns: 10am. Walk For Justice For Refugees – People Just Like us 
    Cairns Western Events Lawn
    Cairns Esplanade
    Facebook event here
  • Canberra: 1pm. Enough is Enough: Palm Sunday 2019 Rally for Refugees
    Garema Place, Canberra
    Facebook event here
  • Forster: 11am. Justice for Refugees rally
    Forster Main Baths then a walk via footpaths across the bridge to Tuncurry to the park for a 30 minute where a silent vigil will take place.
    Facebook event here
    For more information:http://www.greatlakesrar.org/contact-us/
  • Hobart: 2-4pm. Refugee Rights on Palm Sunday
    Parliament Lawns, Hobart
    Facebook event here
  • Launceston: 12.30pm-2.30pm. Walk for Refugee Justice 
    BYO picnic in Princes Square from 12.30pm.
    The Walk starts at 2pm sharp, making its way from Princes Square via the Brisbane St Mall to City Park.
    A simple celebration will take place in City Park from approx. 2.30pm.
    Wet weather arrangements: 2pm in Milton Hall, 13 Frederick Street,
    over the road from Princes Square.
  • Newcastle: 12-2pm. Newcastle Says Yes To Refugees Palm Sunday
    Foreshore Park near Tramshed.
    Facebook event here
  • Perth: 1-3pm. Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees 2019 
    St George’s Cathedral
    Facebook event here
  • Sydney: 2-4pm. Say Yes to Refugees
    Belmore Park, 191 Hay StHaymarket, NSW.
    Facebook event here
  • Townsville: 4-6pm. Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees
    The Strand, Townsville
    Meet at the Rockpool and walk to the Gregory St Amphitheatre
    Facebook event  here
  • Whyalla: 2:30-3:30pm. Compassion and Justice for Refugees
    Corner of Hincks Avenue and Nicolson Avenue, Whyalla
  • Wollongong: 12.30pm – 2.30pm.
    Wollongong Palm Sunday rally for refugees!
    Wollongong Town Hall
    Facebook event here
  • Yass: 2pm. Stand with Us on Palm Sunday
    Riverbank Park, (at the Gazebo, near the poplars), Yass, NSW
    Facebook event here

Townsville 1
Townsville Multicultural Support Group‘s Sibbo Sengabo, Isla Swan, Tahlia Briggs, Shinila Varghese, Sally McGovern, Rukiye Apaydin, Johanna Kodoatie-Cahill, Amy Dhewayani and Peter Hanley from Amnesty International ahead of the 2018 Walk for Justice. Picture: Shae Beplate

Palm Sunday Media Release – RAC Sydney

RAR Media Release for PALM SUNDAY

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Supporting statement for Palm Sunday Rally
from Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group (BMRSG).

If the Australian Government and Federal Opposition honoured the United Nations Refugee Convention to which we are a signatory, the humanitarian crisis we have created would be alleviated and those seeking asylum in Australia would be given a secure and safe haven.
Offshore processing, mandatory  and indefinite detention, the turning back of boats,deportation of refugees and asylum seekers to the country they have fled, impermanent visas, the discretionary powers of the Minister,the inadequate support of refugees and asylum seekers in our community,the prisons on Manus and Nauru, the denial of human rights to those coming by boat and the treatment of the refugee issue as a security issue and all that entails MUST BE STOPPED.
The Palm Sunday Rally seeks to help restore human rights to those who seek our protection and we will not rest until that becomes a reality.

Supporting statement for Palm Sunday Rally
Justice for Refugees SA

Join us and show your support for:

  1. An Australia that treats people seeking asylum humanely and in accordance with Australia’s international obligations, ensuring access to a fair application process, irrespective of mode or date of arrival.
  2. An Australia where people are free to live in the community while their claims are transparently processed.
  3. An Australia that expands alternative migration pathways for refugees, increases access to family reunion and creates opportunities for increased community involvement in the refugee resettlement program
  4. An Australia that shows leadership in working with governments and people in the Asia-Pacific to address the causes of refugee displacement and increase access to sustainable humanitarian solutions that include aid, active diplomacy and resettlement.