Category: Fact sheet

US deal inadequate and uncertain

| June 28, 2017 | Reply

The Coalition government’s resettlement deal with the US is an admission that Manus and Nauru are a dead end. But the band-aid deal is inadequate and uncertain. The election of racist Donald Trump as President has put a question mark over how many of the refugees the US will accept. Progress has been appallingly slow. […]

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Let them stay union model motion

| February 15, 2016 | Reply

Pass this motion at a union or staff meeting, or religious or community group: Let Them Stay! This meeting of ______________________ notes: (i) that 267 asylum seekers, including 91 children (37 of whom are babies born in Australia; and 36 at school) are presently in Australia having been brought here by the immigration department from […]

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Life in Cambodia: the facts

| May 7, 2015 | Reply

As part of its deal to send refugees to Cambodia, the Australian government has produced a ‘factsheet’ promoting the ‘opportunities’ available to people who take up their offer. Minister Dutton has also appeared in a video spruiking his deal. Both include outright lies and misrepresent the real situation for people living in one of the […]

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Proposed TPV legislation

| October 22, 2014 | Reply

Scott Morrison is hoping to get legislation to re-introduce Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs) through the Senate after a deal with Clive Palmer. But his legislation also goes much further, removing appeal rights and making a number of sweeping changes to the Migration Act. It would introduce TPVs as well as a new safe haven visa. […]

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Busting the myths on refugees

| August 7, 2014 | Reply

There is no queue There is no queue, only a ticket in a lottery, in the official refugee resettlement process. In most countries that refugees come from, like war zones, there is no way to apply for refugee status. The waiting time in the world’s refugee camps is so slow that at current rates it […]

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What really happened on Manus Island

| March 17, 2014 | Reply

This was a brutal attack, not a “riot” On 17 February, local G4S personnel brutally attacked asylum seekers on Manus Island, armed with guns, machetes, pipes and sticks. A fence was pushed down from outside, enabling PNG Police and the PNG ‘mobile squad’ to enter the facility. This resulted in the murder of Reza Barati, […]

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Refugees: the facts

| January 12, 2014 | Reply

Who counts as a refugee? The 1951 UN Refugee Convention, which Australia has signed, defines a refugee as someone who has a wellfounded fear of persecution in their own country, because of their race, religion, nationality, or political or social affiliation. In other words, refugees are ordinary people trying to escape war, persecution and horror. […]

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West Papuans taken to Port Moresby airport

| October 12, 2013 | Reply

The seven West Papuan asylum seekers secretly removed from Australia to Port Moresby in late September have been taken by police to the Port Moresby airport.

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Villawood visiting and refugee activism

| March 29, 2013 | Reply

Visitors play an essential role for people in detention. Asylum seekers know only too well that the government and the Department of Immigration do everything to stigmatise them in the eyes of the public. Visiting is a powerful antidote to this, and proves that there are many Australians ready to welcome them to this country […]

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| December 23, 2012 | Reply

You can donate to RAC by: Sending a cheque Make out to “Refugee Action Coalition” and post to PO Box 433, Newtown NSW 2042 or Making a direct deposit At any Commonwealth bank or via your internet banking transfer money to: Account Number: 10118562, Account name: RAC, BSB: 062018 (Commonwealth Bank account)

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