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Newsletter 5 August 2015 - Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts

Hi Everyone and welcome to the twelve new supporters who signed up at Valla markets last Saturday to our weekly newsletter.

This newsletter is stored here for archival purposes. You can read it by clicking on "read more" below

We now have about 500 supporters adding together the likes on Facebook and our email list, adjusting for some overlap between them.

At the end of this newsletter is information about our Facebook and Blog.

Thursday Picket of Luke Hartsuker MP's office 6 August 2015 

Don't forget our Thursday Picket outside Luke Hartsuyker's office every Thursday between 10am  and Noon. Bring a placard and join our dedicated team sending a message to our government. 

We seek to keep the pressure up on the government over their horrendous policy. 

Luke's office is at 39 Little St Coffs Harbour. We hope to make this a weekly event. Coffs Growers market is on at the same time so give our MP a message and then go and support our local producers.

Next Market stall is at Bellingen on Saturday 15 August 2015

We are continuing organising stalls by rotation at the Markets at Valla Beach, Coffs Harbour Jetty and Bellingen. 

It’s a great opportunity to meet people and to show solidarity for the plight of asylum seekers, especially those held in indefinite detention on the mainland or on Manus or Nauru. We will be handing out information sheets, collecting signatures for our petition and we will be a strong visual presence. Politicians need to understand that we will not be silenced and that we will continue to advocate peacefully and steadfastly for the just and humane treatment of asylum seekers. 

So if you can spare an hour or two to join us on 1st August, please email Mike at:  or phone him on 6569 5419.

Report on Valla Beach Markets Saturday 1 August 2015

A big thanks to over a dozen volunteers that turned up to Valla Markets for our RAR stall. Interest remains strong and as usual many people signed our new petition. Our new petition calls on opposition leader Bill Shorten to stop supporting Tony Abbott's inhumane policies and calls on the ALP to close Nauru and Manus. People expressed disgust with the current policies and the ALP's decision to include boat turn backs as part as their policy on asylum seekers. 

Chilout Newsletter for July 2015

The latest newsletter from Chilout has arrived and can be read in full on the blog under the Chilout tab or click below

They report

Number of Children Still in Detention 
According to the Government’s latest statistics dated 30 June 2015, there are:
  • 127 children in immigration detention facilities within the Australian mainland; and
  • 88 children in immigration detention facilities in Nauru.
Despite the Government’s promise to release children by the early months of this 2015, the number of children in detention has virtually remained stagnant for the past four months. Many of these children have been held in detention for years and, appallingly, it was recently reported that one child has been in detention for 1,113 days.

Guardian article - Manus Island rejected asylum seekers to be deported by PNG

There can be no more cruel decision than this for people who have been locked up on Manus Island for 2 years.

Where are the boats?

An asylum seeker boat arrived on the Western Australian coast in July. The asylum seekers have been flown back to Vietnam and the curtains of secrecy has been closed again.

Is is that simple?

We are staring a conversation on this subject


Sign the petition  to repeal the privacy provisions of the Border Force Act

From National RAR

Please sign Chris Cummins important petition (link below) and forward through your networks.

Warm regards
Could you please support and share this petition. It is vitally important that the professional ability to advocate for vulnerable people is not permanently removed.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation's photo.
With kind regards
Christine Cummins

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