Past Campaigns & Actions

An archive of past campaign, actions, meetings and events information originally published on the ARAN website’s campaigns and events pages.

Past Actions and Campaigns


•  Australia wide: Wednesday 29 July: Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 [Provisions]
A Senate Committee is finalising its report and recommendations on changes to this legislation, which if enacted could see asylum seekers in detention have their mobile phones taken from them.
It’s very important that senators hear about your concerns:
The Committee members include: Qld Senator Amanda Stoker , Vic Senator Kim Carr, Tas Senator Claire Chandler, Qld Senator Anthony Chisholm, Vic Senator Sarah Henderson and Tas Senator Nick McKim.
• Write to your state senators and also the senators on the Committee now.
Find inspiration for your emails in the submissions already made to the Committee.
All Contact details are on the ARAN website letter writing page.
Sign the DialItDownDutton petition.

• WA: Monday 20 July: Priya from Biloela has been medically evacuated from Christmas Island to a hospital in Perth
You can take action now. Here’s how.

7 Years Too Long, July 2020

• Brisbane: Tuesday 28 July 2020 6.00pm
Unions for Refugees organising meeting
Spizzico Restaurant 721 Main St, Kangaroo Point
There’s more information on Facebook Events.

• Brisbane Sunday 12 July 12:00 noon – 3:00pm
Brisbane Community Solidarity Day at the Blockade

721 Main St. Kangaroo Point
More details at Refugee Action Collective – Qld (RAC) Facebook events.

• Thursday 2 July 2020 6pm
Freedom from Detention! Online Rally
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Vic
Refugee Action Collective – Qld
Join in at

• Thursday 2 July 5.00pm
The Newcastle Grandmothers weekly vigils resume (unless there are unforeseen circumstances). Meet at the pedestrian crossing across the street from Newcastle City Hall.

• Sunday 28 June 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Community Rally: Brisbane Says Welcome – #FreeTheKP120
Raymond Park, Baines Street, Kangaroo Point.
Details on the Refugee Action Collective – Qld (RAC) Facebook Events page.

• Brisbane Thursday 25 June
Peak hour solidarity protest: 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Outside the Kangaroo Point Hotel
721 Main St, Kangaroo Point
There’s more information on Facebook Events.

How to welcome a refugee
Want to sponsor a refugee? There are some words of advice in this
YouTube video

• Queensland
Brisbane Exercise4Refugees:  Every Friday afternoon
The next: Exercise 4 Refugees Week 7
Friday 29 May from 4.45 to 5.30pm
With asylum seekers in Brisbane detention on Walmsley St. Kangaroo Point. Refugee Solidarity Brisbane / MeanjinRefugee Action Collective Queensland (RAC). More detail on Facebook Events.

The Senate Select Committee on COVID-19
The inquiry into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the closing date for submissions is 28 May 2020.

• Victoria: Free the refugees! Defend the right to protest! A week of action.
Tuesday May 5 to Sunday May 10, 2020.
There’s more information at
A continuous action hosted by Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)

Grandmothers for Refugees NSW virtual vigil (in place of the 1st Tuesday QVB vigil). Tuesday 5th May. #hometoBilo. Make a sign, take a picture and send it to Download and print the cockatoo image for your sign if you like.

• Victoria: Refugee racism is a health risk – defend the right
to protest online forum
Monday, 4 May 2020 from 6.30pm.

With Julian Burnside, Craig Foster, Chris Breen and Moz from Manus.
There’s more information including registrations at
Hosted by Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)

• New South Wales: Digital rally to free Priya, Nades and their girls.
Saturday 2 May 6.00pm. Guest speaker Vashini Jayakumar.
Hosted by the Tamil Refugee Council and Socialist Alternative – Red Flag.
A Facebook live stream.

• Rolling action: exercise in solidarity with refugees
Friday 24 April  2020 from 4.45pm.
There’s more information at
Hosted by Refugee Solidarity Brisbane / Meanjin and
Refugee Action Collective Queensland RAC

•Tele-Town Hall meet: close immigration detention now
Thursday April 30, 2020 from 7.00pm
There’s more information at
Hosted by Young Labor Left – NSW and Labor for Refugees.

• PhoneJam Keneally
Thursday 14 May 2020 from 11.00am

Vote No to new BorderForce laws in detention Centres
Hosted by Whistleblowers Activists and Communities AllianceFLAC-Melbourne
and Close the Camps Action Collective. More detail on Facebook Events.

• 4.45pm, Friday, 17 April 2020
Snap Action: Solidarity with Asylum Seekers in Brisbane Detention
Walmsley Sy, Kangaroo Point, Qld.
Facebook event

• Global Refugee Struggles in the Era of Covid-19 – online forum
Tuesday 14 April 2020 at 6.30pm
Find out more on the
Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) Facebook Event page.

• Make Phone Calls for Freedom
Wednesday 6 May 2020 Midday to 1.30pm
Calling key Members of Parliament asking for fairness for people seeking asylum. More information on Love Makes a Way Facebook.

• Car Cavalcade: Detention Is a Covid-19 Risk, Free the Refugees!
Friday 10 April 2020 from 2.00pm. More detail on the
Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) Facebook Event page.

Palm Sunday 2020
5 April 2020

• Stop the cruelty – protest at Brisbane’s detention centre
Saturday 8 February 2020 2.00 – 3.30pm

100 Sugarmill Rd. Pinkenba Qld.
FB Event here.

Past Meetings and events


•  Online: Thursday 6th August 12.30pm – 1.30pm (AEST)
Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) Information session
The federal government is currently reviewing its refugee sponsorship policies and we are hopeful that a suitable federal program could be available next year.
Register to attend or to receive further information.

•  Qld: Wednesday 29 July  6.30pm
Refugee Action Collective Queensland (RAC) organising meeting
Online: RAC-Qld.

• Thursday 2 July Online 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Pressing ‘Reset’ on Resettlement: How a lifeline can survive COVID-19
A Kaldor Centre webinar
An expert panel including Kate O’Malley (UNHCR Canberra), Sally Pfeiffer (Department of Home Affairs), Paul Power (Refugee Council of Australia) and Melika Yassin Sheikh-Eldin (AMES Australia) in a conversation moderated by Kaldor Centre Director Jane McAdam.
Register on Eventbrite.

• Wednesday 24 June Online
Children and Young People in Asylum and Refugee Processes
Book Launch
Wednesday 24 June, 6.00 – 7.00pm
Join RACSydney and Professor Simon Bronitt, Dean of Sydney Law School for the launch of an important new book.
Register online (Sydney University webinar booking)

The Human Rights Law Centre Our Fairer Future Appeal
Launches on Monday 1 June.
Read the Refugee Advocacy Network’s (RAN -Victoria) submission.

• Webinar: All in this together? The pandemic, people seeking asylum, and refugees in Australia
 Thursday, 14 May from 1.00pm – 2.00pm
A free Kaldor Centre virtual discussion with a panel of experts will bring you up to date on the impact of COVID-19 on refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. Send us your questions so we ensure we cover as many perspectives as possible in this one-hour lunchtime webinar.  Register on Eventbrite.

•  RAC General Meeting – via Zoom
Thursday 6 August 2020: 6.00pm -7.15pm
RAC General Meeting Zoom Link.

• A Conversation on Decarceration
Thursday 6 August 2020
An ‘in conversation’ between David Mejia Canales and Aran Mylvaganam
Hosted by Behind the Wire and Road to Refuge
More detail on Facebook Events.

Our Pursuit of Happiness
A project that shares stories of hope from women who have sought refuge in Australia.
Thursday 30 July 2020
Details at

• Watch Cruel Policy from by Farhad Bandesh, featuring contributions from across the world, including Stateless actor Fayssal Bazzi, lead singer of Hothouse Flowers Liam Ó Maonlaí, lead singer of Goanna Shane Howard, actor Damian Callahan, comedian The Merger, Craig Foster (ex Socceroo), Lidia Thorpe (Senator) and Nick McKim (Senator) along with people who are detained.

• Australia wide: Thursday 30 July 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Our Pursuit of Happiness
Road to Refuge in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence have been supporting newly arrived refugee women to create Our Pursuit of Happiness, an ebook that shares stories of hope from women who have sought refuge in Australia. Celebrate the launch online via the Zoom link for the launch.

• Refugee Council of Australia
National Asylum Policy Network (APN): Wednesday 22 July Midday
Zoom meeting: contact for access details.

•  Thursday 2 July 1.00 – 2.00pm
Pressing ‘reset’ on resettlement: how a lifeline can survive COVID-19
A free Kaldor Centre online discussion.
More information and registrations on the Kaldor Centre website.

•  View this: Imagining A More Welcoming Australia
Recorded on World Refugee Day Saturday June 20th July 2020, this video is an edited version of the World Refugee Day forum and features the online discussion with panel members.

This forum was hosted by the Australian Refugee Action Network (ARAN).

•  Listen now
The Andaman Sea Crisis: 5 years podcast
Kaldor Centre’s special series marking the five-year anniversary of the Andaman Sea crisis when 8,000 Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi migrants were left stranded at sea
Listen on the Kaldor Centre website.

Campaign, actions, meetings and events2019


2019 Federal Election

Palm Sunday 2019

Make Australia kind again
Detainees at a high-security detention centre in Melbourne’s north say they are concerned for the welfare of a severely mentally unwell Canadian woman who has been locked up in the facility.
The 64-year-old woman is understood to be suffering from serious mental health problems. Detainees have been told the woman has dementia, but it’s unclear whether she has been formally diagnosed by a psychiatrist.
To sign this petition go to

I Choose Humane: 
As the Federal election looms we’re sending a message to politicians that we want policies for people seeking asylum that are humane, not cruel. Sign the pledge today to show your support!
To sign this petition go to

Petition to Scott Morrison re Rajan:
Our government has kept Rajan locked up in immigration detention for almost 10 years. Now he has been diagnosed with leukaemia. Please let Rajan live in our community with the support of the many friends who care for him.
To sign this petition go to

Campaign, actions, meetings and events 2018

#KidsOfNauru 2018

Stop Racism 2018

GetUp! No Business in Abuse

Close Manus and Nauru

5 Years Too Many
5th Anniversary of Offshore Detention
Monday July 16 to Sunday July 22 2018.
Find out more.

Super Saturday By-Elections
Federal By-Elections Campaign July 28  2018

Citizenship Bill
Submissions closed on April 27 2018.
Don’t miss your chance to say “NO” to proposed changes to citizenship law. The Parliamentary Committee online survey which allows you to express your view on the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Commitments for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2018 closes at 5pm on 27 April 2018 AEST.
The proposed legislation would require an eight year wait to apply for citizenship, instead of one year. The Bill also demands much higher-level English competency for citizenship.
Long waiting periods for citizenship and excessively high English competence are unjust, unfair and cruel barriers to the most vulnerable new arrivals, who have so much to contribute to Australia as citizens.
Written submissions can also be sent to Please circulate this message to community members and stakeholders.
See sample submission on the Bill here.

Palm Sunday 2018
Thousands took to the streets across Australia in 2018.
Palm Sunday rally photos 2018 and on our Facebook page.


Four Year Anniversary 2017

Rohingya Crisis Response 2017

Manus Crisis 2017
Manus crisis actions 2017.

National Day of Action
Rallies were organised for a
National Day of Action on
Sunday October 8 2018.

Current events in all states and territories

Current Campaigns around Australia


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