Dutton, Paladin, the US … your support for refugees is needed more than ever

THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL ELECTION RESULT WAS DEVASTATING FOR VERY VULNERABLE PEOPLE

Manus Province governor calls for immediate removal of refugees as self harm spikes (Click link to hear report on ABC radio)

 

And since the election, the news has continued to be bleak:

Peter Dutton takes over refugee services prompting calls for ‘cultural shift’ (click on link to SBS report)

US rejects 300 refugees from Manus and Nauru (Fairfax report); Australia accepted accused Rwandan murderers as part of US ‘people swap’ deal (Fairfax report)

and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s responses to questioning on Insiders in regard to the Medivac bill, the Christmas Island facade, the security company Paladin and the US deal only produced more fear mongering or evasive rhetoric (video and transcript via ABC website)

but where Paladin is concerned …

Papua New Guinea defies Dutton and says it will cancel Paladin contract on Manus Island (The Guardian)

People seeking asylum in Australia and those still left on Manus and Nauru need to know that there are human beings with reason and understanding who know of their plight and want things to change.

People in government who use those disadvantaged to achieve political ends by maligning, fear mongering and even lying need to know that those they represent oppose their policies and their actions.

 

SO THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO:

1. Email Empathy or Email Accuracy to government representatives

2. Attend peaceful protests to join like-minded people reminding the government of the existence of compassionate Australians. Some of the organising groups across Australia are:

Refugee Action Coalition Sydney
Refugee Action Committee, Canberra
Refugee Action Collective – Queensland
Refugee Action Collective – Victoria

Also AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL  LOCAL ACTION GROUPS:
ACT; NSW; QLD; SA; TAS; VIC; WA

3. Join a group whose members might share your current life circumstances and generational level of understanding

Mums4Refugees
Grandmothers against Detention of Refugee Children
Youth Action Project

4. Volunteer locally through organisations like:

Brisbane

Brisbane Refugee & Asylum Seeker Support Network (BRASS)

Adelaide

The Welcome Centre

Sydney

The Refugee Council of Australia

Perth

First Home Project
Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees & Detainees (CARAD)

Hobart, Launceston or Devonport

Southern Tasmanian Migrant Resource Centre (03) 6221 0999
Migrant Resource Centre, Launceston (03) 6332 2211
Migrant Resource Centre, Devonport (03) 6423 5598

Canberra

Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT (MARSS)

Melbourne

ASRC

5. Donate to the ASRC or Refugee Legal

Click here to go to our most recent post about these organisations.

6. Host a dinner for new arrivals through The Welcome Dinner Project

… where sharing stories through personal encounters can lead to ongoing transformations, both personal and communal.

7. Share your feelings and accurate information on social media to ensure that the tide of inaccuracies doesn’t continue to overwhelm the truth. 

And share this post using the buttons below to give others suggestions about showing their support.

 

EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS.

EVERY DEMONSTRATION OF COMPASSION CAN SHOW SOMEONE THEY ARE NOT ALONE. And that is truly meaningful.

PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN

3 Replies to “Dutton, Paladin, the US … your support for refugees is needed more than ever”

    1. Thanks so much for reading the post. Very interesting to read YOUR perspective on the Aus response to refugees. It’s important that people who look into the facts of the situation put the information and their feelings about it out there. It’s the only way that change will happen.

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