17 June 2020
Dear <<First Name>>
L4R Zoom meeting on Thursday 25 June at 6pm
Please join us tomorrow week for our L4R meeting via Zoom.
Date: Thursday 25 June
NOTE THAT THIS MEETING IS BEING HELD ON A THURSDAY EVENING, INSTEAD OF OUR USUAL WEDNESDAY.
The Zoom link to our meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3300939844
We welcome your participation and the opportunity that Zoom will provide for members who live outside the metropolitan area, to join us.
The link to the Minutes of our last meeting of the 26 February 2020 follows L4RNSWMin26Feb20
If you plan to join us, please print a copy of the minutes for use at our June meeting.
Kristina Keneally's message to members
You would recall that our Zoom Q&A event with Senator Kristina Keneally, What is Labor Doing? took place on 2 July last and that you were sent a link to the video recording of that event in our last newsletter.
Kristina asked that we convey the following message of thanks to you.
Thank you for attending the Zoom Q&A session. The insights from Labor 4 Refugees are always valued and I value the open
dialogue we have on migration, refugee and asylum issues. Thank you for attending the Zoom Q&A session. The insights from Labor 4 Refugees are always valued and I value the open
Australians are enthusiastic supporters of migration and as I said the other night we are one of the most successful multicultural nations on earth. We can be proud of the role migration has played in our past – and will play in our future. Our identity as a nation of migrants is unifying and we have welcomed people from every corner of the globe. Refugees and asylum seekers continue to – and will always play – a key part in Australia’s story.
We covered a wide array of topics which canvassed the implications of COVID on temporary migrants, the additional powers for Australian Border Force officers in detention centres, Medevac, and a range of other topics. The questions were brilliant, and I thank everyone who took the time to draft and submit one. I’m sorry we couldn’t get to them all.
A prominent issue for the community and one we spoke about the other night is the lack of financial relief or income support for temporary migrants in Australia, including SHEV and TPV holders and the hundreds of thousands of students and other visa holders with work rights – but no work – who have been left without any support.
As I mentioned during the call, we are collecting case studies of people on temporary visas who are facing difficulties here in Australia. I am concerned that the Government does not understand the situation many temporary migrants are currently facing and believe that the Treasurer and Minister Ruston need to hear about the contribution migrants make to our country. If you have a story to tell about temporary migrants you know or know a temporary migrant who wants to tell their story, please contribute here.
Your perspective is appreciated. You can sign up to my regular stakeholder newsletter here, or if you have any additional thoughts or ideas please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take this opportunity to submit examples of people on temporary visas, whose hardship cases will hopefully resonate with Coalition Ministers, when Kristina presents these cases to them.
I hope you are having a fruitful and enjoyable Refugee Week and taking this opportunity to participate in the many Zoom events available to us all.
Last night, Labor for Refugees members participated in one of these events in partnership with the host, Cultural Diversity Network (CDNI).
The Webinar showcased a number of guest speakers, who spoke about their experience of refugees both in Australia and overseas. Some of their stories were quite moving and we learned about the work these individuals were doing to improve the lives of refugees.
The video recording of this Webinar will soon be made available on the CDNI website at https://cdni.org.au/