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


•  Saturday – Sunday 3 & 4 October
Melbourne: Rally-in-Pairs outside the Mantra Hotel
Refugee Action Collective Victoria says #Free the Refugees #Phones are a lifeline.
Please register your availability and/or upload your photo
for the hologram protest

Friday 2 October 1.00pm
Melbourne Online Rally to Defend the Right to Protest, Free the Refugees
Before the contest mention hearing for Chris Breen, who was charged with incitement for helping organising a safe car convoy protest outside the Mantra prison hotel in May.  Register on Zoom.

• Mobile Ban Bill Update (October 2020): Senator Lambie has announced that she will block the mobile phones ban bill. This means the Morrison Government does not have enough votes to pass the bill through the Senate. Together we have sent a loud and clear message from the community to reject this dangerous bill – and our politicians listened (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – ASRC).

• Brisbane: Saturday 10 October 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Protest for Refugee Freedom: Free all detained refugees immediately!
Shut down detention centres offshore!

King George Square, Brisbane
Full details on Facebook.

• Brisbane Wednesday 7 October 8:00am to 9:00am
Refugee Action Collective leaflet Central Station
Central Station / King George Square
More detail on Facebook Events.

• 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 Senator Lambie what you think of the Bill.

Send her a message now!

Ads-Up Letters to Senator Lambie and the PM and Home Affairs Minister.
Ads-Up Refugee Network works with partner organisations in Canada to sponsor onshore and offshore, current and former, Manus and Nauru detainees through Canada’s unique Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program.

•  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:       

Independent Senators email addresses:

• Wednesday 30 September 7.45am to 9.00am
Brisbane: leaflet Central Station
Join Refugee Action Collective Queensland (RAC) activists to hand out leaflets to advertise the next refugee rights protest. More details on Facebook Event.

• Saturday 26 September 2.00pm
Melbourne event: Upholding the Right to Protest during the Pandemic
Co-hosted by the Refugee Action Collective, Justice for David Dungay campaign, and Melbourne Activist Legal Support (MALS)
Details on Eventbrite.

• Monday 14 September 12.30pm Online
Grandmothers Guest Speaker
Session with Yarrie Bangura
Yarrie is a 26 year old young woman who fled war-torn Sierra Leone with
her family as an eight year old.
Register for this event on Zoom.

• Hobart:  Saturday 12 September 2020 10.30am – Midday
Parliamentary Lawns letter signing stall

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In solidarity with Refugee Council Of Australia’s No Child left Behind Campaign.
Across two hours, we had 50 letters to the Prime Minister.
Amnesty International Refugee Rights Group Tasmania.
Find out more on Facebook.

• Brisbane: Vigil for Omid Masoumali: a victim of systemic neglect
Wednesday & Thursday 2 & 3 September 09.15am to 10.30am
Brisbane Magistrates Court 363 George Street Brisbane.
Hosted by Refugee Action Collective Queensland RAC and
Refugee Solidarity Brisbane / Meanjin.
Find out more on Facebook Events.

• Auswide: Phones are a Lifeline: #ShameAlanTudge Calling Party
Tuesday 1 September 9.00am to 11.00pm (AEST)

A calling party and encourage you to contact Alan Tudge’s office to let him know that Australians will not stand for the removal of phones from refugees in detention.
Find out more on Facebook Events.
Call and email Alan Tudge: (02) 6277 7790
Shame Alan!

Brisbane: Tuesday 18 August 7.45am  – 7.45am
Peaceful March Against Sending Refugees to Christmas Island

Brisbane Speaker’s Corner outside Queensland Parliament House
More detail on Facebook Events.

• @SafelyHomeWithUs: August 20202020-@safelyhomewithus-refugees-australia
There is real concern that the federal government is planning to transfer detainees to Christmas Island and possibly transfer people held in the eastern states to Yongah Hill in Western Australia.
Find out more, including what you can do to help stop this

•  Brisbane: Saturday 8 August Postponed – now on Saturday 15 August
Mass Sit-in on the Story Bridge: #FreeTheKP120
Midday – 3.00pm
Raymond Park Baines Street Kangaroo Point
More info on Facebook Events.
Read the reasons for the change on Facebook.

•  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 Forum Wednesday 21 October 6.30pm AEDT
Genocide and flight: the plight of Rohingya refugees
Refugee Action Campaign Canberra (RAC).
Join the forum on Zoom.

• Queensland Wednesday 21 October 6.30pm
RAC Qld Organising meeting – online.

We are in need of supporters to help us build a stronger grass roots refugee rights campaign.
Join via Zoom.

• Canberra Thursday 8 October 6.00pm – 7.15pm
Refugees Action Campaign (RAC) Canberra General Meeting
Be part of the discussion as we chart a way forward for the refugee rights campaign here in Canberra for the remainder of 2020. All are welcome.
Zoom Meeting link.

• Australia wide Friday 9 October 7.00pm
Refugee Advocacy Network (RAN) screening of Island of the Hungry Ghosts. An evocative film set on Christmas Island in 2018. Q&A session follows with Christine Cummins, a counsellor who worked on Christmas Island with refugees in detention and Pamela Curr OAM, prominent refugee advocate will give an update on the current situation for those currently detained on Christmas Island.
Free online event: join via Zoom.
If you would like to make donation go to the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project.

•  Darwin Thursday 1 October 2020  Deckchair Cinema
Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network (DASSAN) present
Chuaka: Please Tell Us The Time.
Tickets from the NT Writers Centre.

• Canberra/Melbourne/Sydney: Wednesday 30 September 2.00pm to 3.00pm
Virtual meeting with Madeline Gleeson from the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and award-winning author of Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru. 
Register on Zoom

• Saturday 19 September 2020
Regional and Rural Australia: RAR Annual General Meeting

Rural Australians for Refugees.

• 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.

• 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

• Thursday 10 September 2020 6.00pm – 7.00pm (AEDT)
Moments for Change; a conversation.
Online with Behrouz Boochani, Grace Williams and Julian Burnside.
The Live Panel and Q&A.
Find out more.

• Qld: Wednesday 9 September 6.30pm
Refugee Action Campaign (RAC)

Organising meeting: everyone is welcome
Online via Zoom.

• Manus Recording Project Collective
How are you today? Where are you today?

Every day for a month, beginning on 1 August, you’ll receive a text message with a new ten-minute audio recording from Farhad Bandesh, Farhad Rahmati, Samad Abdul, Shamindan Kanapathi, Thanush Selvraj or Yasin Abdallah.
Find out how to hook in to this project.

• Online Q&A with Craig Foster
Monday 31 August 2.00pm – 3.00pm (AEST)

Join us for a zoom discussion with Craig, Ambassador for Amnesty, Australia Committee Human Rights Watch, and the UNSW Australian Human Rights Institute.
A Grandmothers for Refugees NSW event.
Register in advance on Zoom.

The next National Asylum Policy Network (APN) meeting
Wednesday 26 August 12.00pm-1.30pm (AEST)
Agenda includes the RCOA survey: housing issues for people on insecure visas.
Refugee Council Of Australia is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

• Online Grandmothers for Refugees guest speaker
Monday 17 August 2.00pm – 3.00pm (AEST)
With Angela Fredericks a Biloela resident and social worker. Since March last year, she has been working alongside other Bilo community members to bring ‘Home to Bilo’ a young Tamil family who has sought safety on our shores but who remain in detention on Christmas Island.
Join Zoom Meeting
Also, if you’re a Novocastrian don’t forget the Newcastle Grandmother’s weekly vigil: every Thursday at 5.00pm outside the City Hall.

• The #NoChildLeftBehind campaign webinar
Wednesday 19 August 6.00pm
More than 16,000 children and young people seeking asylum in Australia, and their families are ineligible for JobKeeper, JobSeeker and some do not have access to medicare.
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) are calling for an expansion of a basic safety net for the duration of the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn, so people aren’t left destitute and completely homeless.
This one hour information session will let you know how you can become more involved. Hosted by RCOA.
More information and registrations on

• Islamophobia and Refugees; the prejudice behind the policy
Wednesday 19 August 6.00pm
This online meeting with Mehreen Faruqi and Jeff Sparrow – and MC’d by ANU Emeritus Professor John Minns – will discuss the racism and prejudice behind the cruel policies towards refugees.
Sponsored by the Refugee Action Committee Canberra
Find out more at and on Facebook Events.

•  Unions for Refugees Zoom Event
Wednesday 19 August 6.30pm
Calling all unionists! Join Unions for Refugees for an online discussion with
Craig Foster, Saif and Nikki Lees.
More information and Zoom link.

• Asylum Policy Network teleconferences
Wednesday 26 August midday to 1.30pm (AEST)
Australian Refugee Action Network ARAN
These will be held on the second Wednesday of each month across 2020-2021
Join the meetings via Zoom.

• Sector Advocacy Teleconference
The Australian Refugee Action Network invites you to attend this
important meeting:
Thursday Aug 13 2020
Midday – 1.00pm (AEST)
More details including registration: email

• Poetry and Decarceration
Thursday 13 August 2020
A digital poetry night with readings from Hani Abdile and Awale Ahmed.
Road to Refuge
More detail on Facebook 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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