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 …
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:
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:
3. Join a group whose members might share your current life circumstances and generational level of understanding
4. Volunteer locally through organisations like:
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
5. Donate to the ASRC or Refugee Legal
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.
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