17 March 2021
Dear <<First Name>>
A chance to change Labor's refugee policy
In November last year, L4R made our submission to Labor's National Policy Forum (NPF) with a view to changing Labor's refugee policy in the ALP Platform.
The NPF rejected all our proposed amendments. We expected to have a final say when the NPF sent members its final recommendations but that did not happen. Instead, ALP members received an invite to submit an amendment/resolution to the Draft Platform for the Special Platform Conference. This online National Conference is due to take place on the 30/31 March 2021.
L4R will take the opportunity to lodge an amendment to the Draft Platform. The link for the ALP National Platform - Final Draft is ALPNatPlat2021Dft
Please go to this link to access a printable version of our L4R resolution L4RAmdtALPNatPlat2021
It also follows:
LABOR FOR REFUGEES RESOLUTION FOR ALP SPECIAL PLATFORM CONFERENCE 2021
Labor for Refugees asks that Labor’s Policy be framed to provide a positive and compassionate approach by a Labor Government to the treatment of refugees, rather than a reaction to the punitive and cruel approach of the Coalition Government. Refugees and those seeking asylum in Australia are to be welcomed under a Labor Government as assets who enhance this nation and our economy and provide positive contribution to our strong multicultural society.
To achieve this goal we urge Labor to adopt the following four policies in the Party Platform:
End offshore detention and the offshore processing regime
Provide a clear pathway to citizenship for any person who is granted a permanent protection visa by recognizing all time that the person has spent in immigration detention, offshore detention or on a bridging visa as qualifying time for purposes of qualification for citizenship.
People seeking asylum are to be accommodated in government-run and urban-based reception centres.
Create an independent Refugee Review Tribunal following abolition of the Immigration Assessment Authority. The Tribunal will be free from political appointments and only judges, retired judges, and senior counsel will be eligible for appointment by the Attorney-General. The Tribunal will apply the same procedure as applies in the General Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Rank and file ALP members can also assist in promoting our refugee policies by moving our refugee motion at your next branch meeting and if supported, your Branch Secretary should submit it to the ALP NSW Conference which takes place on the weekend of the 5/6 June 2021. The deadline for NSW Conference agenda items has been extended to the 1 April 2021.
Next L4R Meeting - Wednesday 24 March @ 6pm
Our meeting will take place by Zoom next Wednesday 24 March at 6pm.
We are continuing to have online meetings as this allows our members who live in regional NSW to participate. So please join us, especially if you live outside of Sydney.
A reminder email with the Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of our meeting,
The Minutes of our last meeting can be accessed at L4RNSWmin24Feb21 Please bring a copy of these minutes with you to our Zoom meeting.
Appeal for donations
Labor for Refugees has never charged for membership and does not ask for donations. We do sell merchandise, usually at Labor Conferences but we've not had any conferences since COVID-19. Neither has it been possible to organise an event to raise funds. We have had expenses for using a Zoom account for our online meetings and that expense is ongoing. However, our largest expenditure by far, has been our donations over the years to refugee groups in need.
It was therefore resolved at our last meeting, that Labor for Refugees NSW launches an appeal among its members, to raise funds with a target of $3,000 and that members be asked to donate an amount with which they feel comfortable.
If you can donate, even a small amount, it would be very much appreciated. The most practical way would be by a direct bank transfer to our account.
Our account details are:
Please state your name on the Bank Transfer
To: Commonwealth Bank Account: Labor for Refugees, NSW
BSB: 062006 Account No: 10405538
Send a cheque in favour of “LABOR FOR REFUGEES NSW” to Jenny Haines, 48 Chestnut Drive, Glossodia NSW 2756
Palm Sunday Rally
Labor for Refugees has endorsed the Palm Sunday Rally which will take place on Sunday 28 March @ 2pm at Belmore Park, opposite Central Railway Stn.
Our Labor for Refugees banner will be flying so please look out for us.
THIS WILL BE A COVID SAFE RALLY: REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPANTS
- You must register on the day by approaching one of our marshalls who will have
- Please do not attend if you feel unwell or have any cold or flu symptoms, or have
visited a location or venue in the last 14 days for which the NSW government has
issued a self-isolation alert (see the list
at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and- alerts.aspx)
- Please wear a mask and bring hand your own sanitiser to use at the event
- Participants must spread out and separate into groups and maintain physical
distancing of 1.5 metres between groups
- Please bring your own water bottle and snacks and avoid shared food and drink
- Marshalls will be present at the event in fluro vests with extra masks and hand
sanitiser for anyone who needs them
- Please avoid crowding on public transport through arriving early or using private
transport to get to the event where possible.