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Newsletter for 12 August 2015 - Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts

Hi Everyone

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

This newsletter is going out a little early to give more time for you to consider joining the Thursday picket . In future the newsletter will be sent out on Tuesdays to give more time for announcements relating to the current week. 

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

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. 

There is another picket on Thursday with the Coffs Climate Change Group meeting outside the Commonwealth Bank to thank them for not supporting coal! We intend to join them at 11am

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

Our next RAR market stall is planned for this Saturday  in Bellingen. John and Mike will be setting up at 7.00 am and we are looking for volunteers from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm to help with encouraging people to sign our latest petition, join our supporters’ group and generally interact with the public in the friendly atmosphere of the market. 

We also have our new RAR T shirts on sale, plus a new supply of tea towels and shopping bags. In addition, we have just taken delivery of RAR bumper stickers which will be on sale for the first time at 50 cents each. 

It’s all about spreading the word that, as a nation, we can do better than we currently do in our treatment of asylum seekers. Why not come and join us on the stall for an hour or so on Saturday?  

If you can help, please email Mike on:, or give him a call on 6569 5419. We look forward to hearing from you.

How this man died in Detention

There is an article in the Saturday Paper about a tragic death in custody at Perth Yongah Hill Immigration Centre.

While the bad treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru is known, despite the secrecy, it seems the same lack of care is happening on the Australian mainland.

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.

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 starting 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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