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Labor for Refugees New South Wales

18 November 2020


Dear <<First Name>>


What Labor's draft National Platform means for Refugees - Online discussion tomorrow evening


LINDA SCOTT Sydney City Councillor

KATE LEANEY Campaigns and Communications Manager for Welcoming Australia
JENNY HAINES NSW Co-Convenor of Labor for Refugees and
ESTA PASHALIDIS-CHILAS from Settlement Services International
tomorrow at 6pm for a discussion of "What Labor's draft National Platform means for Refugees". 

To register click:  What Labor's draft National Platform means for refugees.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend. You do not need to be a member of the NSW Left to participate.


Hear what Jenny Haines has to say about our L4R submission and support us by endorsing our submission prior to the 30 November deadline.  The steps you need to follow, are set out in the following item.

12 days left before the deadline to make your submission

L4R's final submission, comprising a covering front page signed by our two National Convenors, followed by our amendments which appear in different coloured font, follow at L4RSubmissionNPF18Nov20

If you want to read the ALP Consultation Draft, the link is Consultation Draft


To make your own submission in support of our L4R submission, a step-by-step instruction follows:

       1. Click the following link to make a submission

       2. Insert your personal details (or that of your organisation)
       3. Check 2 boxes.  One beside "Chapter 7: Australia's Place in the World" and one beside the box "Statements in Detail"
       4.  Where it asks "Which headings or statement in detail does your submission refer to?" please insert the following 4 items -

  •             Strong borders and a strong humanitarian immigration program; 

  •             A nation built on migration; 

  •             Australia's Humanitarian intake, settlement services and refugee assessment;

  •             Australia's border and immigration detention.

       We suggest you then add in that same box, the following statement -

       "I endorse the submission made by Labor for Refugees and urge the National Policy Forum to adopt all the amendments
        recommended by Labor for Refugees".

        5.  Where it says "Your submission:  Add File", please submit our submission which we have provided via a link in this newsletter.  
            You can just cut and paste our link into the submission.    


Next L4R Meeting - Wednesday 25 November @ 6pm


Our November meeting will take place by Zoom next Wednesday 25 November 2020 at 6pm.

Our Zoom link is

The Minutes of our last meeting can be accessed at L4RNSWmin28Oct20
A reminder email with the Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of our meeting,


Refugees & Asylum Seekers – Covid’s Impact:  What Do You Need to Know and Do? 


Online Event – Thursday 26 November 2020 7pm-8pm
Four eminent speakers will explain the humanitarian crisis currently facing refugees and asylum seekers and how you can help.
Please register at and you will receive an email giving you a link to join the webinar.



#TimeForAHome Campaign Update

The #TheTimeForAHome campaign calling on the Morrison Government to immediately release refugees from immigration detention and to commit to a pathway for their resettlement is gaining visibility and momentum.
Labor for Refugees NSW has signed up to support this campaign.
Since the broad coalition of individuals, organisations and grassroots groups held their launch one week ago, the campaign has received significant social media attention, been promoted in the news and Parliament house, and attracted hundreds of sign-ups from people wishing to add their voice to the campaign each day.

Here are some highlights from the week:

  • 100 organisations and grassroots groups have now signed up to support the campaign. 

  • A powerful VICE article interviewing the incredible Betelhem Tibebu. 

  • Andrew Wilkie MP speaking about #TimeForAHome in Parliament, calling on the Government to end indefinite detention and for the community to get behind the campaign. 

  • Over 75 people representing partner organisations and grassroots groups joined the campaign briefing and helped to map out possible moments for the #TimeForAHome campaign. 

  • Recent polling conducted by Essential showed that the majority of Austraians agree that those found to be refugees should be released immediately. 
    The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which is co-ordinating this campaign, has asked people to support a Week of Action:

    From 3-12 December:  The ASRC will collectively drive local change, inform and empower communities and call on the Government to act. The Week of Action will aim to demonstrate the community’s commitment to #TimeForAHome and show solidarity with people in indefinite detention. 
    Will you organise an action? Your event can be anything from a letter writing session or phone-in campaign to your local MP, to a banner drop or creative action.
    Please save the dates and start planning your action. You can send your ideas through to so that the ASRC can start compiling them as part of a calendar of events. 
    Looking for other ways to join the campaign?

  • SIGN-UP: Already 100 organisations and grassroots groups who have signed up to support the campaign. Encourage others to sign up here.

  • CONNECT: The ASRC has set up a dedicated WhatsApp channel, which is being used to power the campaign. You can join the channel by following this link.

  • Petition:
    The ASRC is encouraging groups to mirror the #TimeForAHome petition. Organisations and groups can set up a mirror petition on their own website using these words: "We call on the Government to immediately release people seeking asylum and refugees from immigration detention facilities, and commit to their resettlement in a safe, permanent home by World Refugee Day, 20 June 2021."
    At the right time in the campaign thr ASRC will combine all received petition signatures and present them to politicians in Parliament House as a sign of unity and power. 

  • Western Sahara - the COVID-9 situation

    A virtual event on the COVID-19 situation in Western Sahara will take place this evening, Wednesday November 18 at 6pm.  Apologies for this very short notice.

    • Tecber Ahmed (Head of African Union Department, Ministry of Public Health in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic - SADR)

    • Haissam Minkara (Country Director for Oxfam in Algeria)

    • Lyn Allison (Former Australian Senator, President of the Australia Western Sahara Association - AWSA).

    Register your attendance

    You will have the chance to ask questions about how the emergency response of international NGOs is being rolled-out, the health promotion activities implemented in the camps and the impact of COVID-19 on the daily lives of Saharawi refugees.
    And you will hear how you can take action to assist the emergency response and stand with Saharawi refugees as they confront the pandemic.

Kind regards

Nizza Siano
Secretary L4R NSW


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