EVENTS FOR THIS MONTH
22 October 2015
Dear <<First Name>>
OCTOBER MEETING NOTICE
Our October meeting will take place next Wednesday 28 October, 2015 commencing at 6pm in the Board Room, Level 36 State Chambers, 52 Martin Place, Sydney (entrance in Phillip St). All welcome.
DEBATE IN LABOR CAUCUS RE OFFSHORE DETENTION CENTRES -
LETTER TO MPs MELISSA PARKE AND ANNA BURKE
Labor for Refugees wrote to Melissa Parke and Anna Burke on the 15 October last, wishing them luck in their intention to argue in Labor Caucus, that offshore detention centres for asylum seekers be closed. Melissa stated that conditions at the two offshore centres on Nauru and Manus Island have deteriorated over the past 16 months and if human rights standards and oversight can't be improved, they should be shut down.
Our letter can be read via the following link - L4RLetterParke&Burke
On Tuesday of this week, we learnt that Labor deferred this vote in Caucus until 10 November because Senators were not available for the debate.
Read the motion - CaucusMotionManus&Nauru10/11/15
Please take this opportunity to send an email to Bill Shorten, Richard Marles and your local ALP Member of Parliament.
Use the message below or write your own message.
If you do not have a local member send it to an ALP member that represents an electorate in your area.You can also send it to any ALP Senator.
Email addresses are available at http://www.aph.gov.au
Richard Marles MP
Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Bill Shorten MP
Leader of the opposition
I understand that on 10 November, Labor Caucus will discuss a motion regarding offshore detention of asylum seekers/refugees.
I hope that you will support this motion. For too long Labor has pursued the cruel and inhumane policies of indefinite detention and offshore processing.
It is time for this to end. We are better than this.
Name of ALP Member
(alternatively, your name and address)
CHILDREN'S WEEK - LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN
Children’s Week takes place annually from 24 October to 1 November. It celebrates the right of the child to enjoy childhood. I urge members to support our letter writing campaign to NSW MPs.
Please read the details of this event at the following link Children'sWeekCampaignOct15 which will also provide you with the email addresses for the Sydney Morning Herald and NSW MPs. You can send them your letter, highlighting the plight of children locked up in Australian Immigration Detention. Please take advantage of this celebration to demand that our politicians must do better.
The Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015
Yet another very worrying piece of legislation was tabled last week, by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, to strengthen requirements for people who are not refugees as described in the Migration Act, but cannot be returned to their home country due to risk of harm.
This Bill seeks to rule out protection for people who face a "generalised" risk, can change their behaviour and can relocate to a safer part of their home country.
The potential laws have been labelled as dangerous by human rights lawyer David Manne.
Mr Manne, the executive director of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, told the ABC the proposed laws could see asylum seekers deported to war zones such as Syria.
The bill has been referred to the Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, with a report due early next year.
IT MUST BE OPPOSED.
TWO EVENTS COMING UP
THE REFUGEE CRISIS
How Should The World Respond?
Saturday, November 7, 2015 (12pm - 2pm)
Union Hotel, 271 Pacific Highway, North Sydney
Dr Anthony Billingsley
- Senior Lecturer on Middle East Politics and International Law at UNSW.
- Former Australian Diplomat.
- Contributor to ABC’s The Drum and The Sydney Morning Herald.
- Social commentator and spokesperson for The Refugee Action Coalition.
- Contributor to Solidarity Magazine, ABC’s the Drum and Crikey.
- Regularly appears on SBS World News and ABC Radio National.
The Hon. Matt Thistlethwaite MP
- NSW Barrister.
- Co-Convener of Labor for Refugees.
- Has appeared on ABC Radio National.
- Federal Member for Kingsford Smith.
- Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
- General Secretary, ALP (NSW) 2008-10.
LIGHT ON THE HILL SOCIETY PRESENTS:
AUSTRALIA - REFUGEES & ASYLUM SEEKERS
Thursday 19 November at 7pm at the Revesby Workers' Club, 2B Brett St Revesby
Guest Speaker: Shane Prince, NSW Barrister and National Co Convenor of Labor for Refugees
The Light on the Hill is a non-profit society which presents an opportunity for people in south west Sydney (including the electorates of Werriwa, Fowler, Hughes, Blaxland, Barton and Banks) to gain insight into, and information about, significant issues of the day.
You are all welcome to attend.
Secretary L4R NSW