L4R newsletter - keeping you informed and up to date on our current issues and challenges.
Labor for Refugees New South Wales

22 March 2018


Dear <<First Name>>  

L4R meets next Wednesday 28 March @ 6pm


We will meet next Wednesday 28 March 2018 at 6pm at UNIONS NSW, TRADES HALL TRAINING ROOM 1, 377 SUSSEX ST SYDNEY (NEAR CNR GOULBURN ST) AT 6PM.


Link to the minutes of our last meeting in November follows - L4RMinutes28/2/18

Support for our refugee motion


Please don't forget to promote our proposed refugee amendments to the ALP Platform at your next ALP meeting.   A number of ALP Branches and FECs have endorsed our submission and sent both the short motion and a copy of our submission to the Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Shayne Neumann at email: also to Labor's National Policy Forum at email: plus their FECs.  Branch and FEC Secretaries have until the 18 April to submit our motion plus L4R amendments to NSW Labor to have it included on the agenda for the NSW Labor Conference

The motion reads -
"That this …………….. of the ALP calls on NSW Labor to support and lobby for a National Conference policy and platform on refugees and people seeking asylum, that Labor in government will implement in practice, which adopts the principles adopted by Labor for Refugees.  It’s time for Labor to restore a fair and humane policy on refugees and people seeking asylum.”

If NSW Labor rejects our motion for the NSW Conference, it should then be forwarded to the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party and added as an agenda item for the National Conference in July.  It is paramount that we get to debate our refugee amendments at the National Conference.  This is where ALP policies are decided every three years.  Once we know the names of Conference Delegates, we can start lobbying them.


The link to our submission with our proposed amendments highlighted in red font, can be accessed at

We thank all those ALP members who have supported the refugee amendments which L4R submitted to the National Policy Forum.

National Conference Delegates - Secretary Nizza Siano elected

As reported in last month's newsletter, I nominated once again, to be the National Conference Delegate for ALP members in my Electorate of Wentworth, for the Conference in July.  I did so in order to represent ALP members but also to advance our Labor for Refugees reforms. 

A ballot was held in all Electorates where there was more than one candidate nominating.  A ballot was held for members in my Electorate of Wentworth.  It closed on Monday 19 March.  The count took place earlier this evening.

I have just been advised that I was successful and was elected as a Conference Delegate. 

I would like to extend my appreciation to my ALP colleagues who assisted and supported me in this election process and I will be proud to represent you all at the Conference.


Say NO to Hanson’s Citizenship Bill - vote in the Senate Committee online survey now 

Pauline Hanson has introduced a new bill into Parliament that seeks to substantially change the requirements for migrants and refugees to obtain citizenship. These include increasing the residence requirement to 8 years, requiring applicants to demonstrate competent English, requiring applicants to demonstrate their integration into Australian society, and requiring applicants to make a ‘pledge of allegiance’. As the Refugee Council of Australia has previously highlighted in last year’s rejected proposals, these amendments will exclude the most vulnerable, keep families apart and impact women and the elderly the most.

This survey will close at 5pm, 27 April 2018.  Please pass this on to others and encourage them to vote "no".


Vote 'NO' on Hanson's Citizenship Bill


Fundraiser for Labor for Refugees - cancelled

L4R decided to defer our fundraiser until the second half of this year (unless a Federal election is called).  It was originally booked for Friday 6 April but it was decided that with the two ALP Conferences coming up in June and July, it was too difficult to organise another event at this time.  We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to see some of you at the NSW Labor Conference on the weekend of 30 June/1 July 2018 at the Sydney Town Hall at our Labor for Refugees stall.



Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees

Please look for our L4R banner at this Sunday's Palm Sunday Rally.

DATE & TIME:    Sunday 25 March @ 2pm
WHERE:              Belmore Park, city.
THEME:               "Refugees are welcome here"
                            "Not Manus, Not Nauru #BringThemHere"
                            "Justice, peace, unity"

LEAFLET:            PalmSundRallyPoster2018


Nizza Siano
Secretary L4R NSW


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