Nicolette Sullivan

  • End the stupid cruelty. Bring them here now.

    Sign the petition to #BringThemHere

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    GOAL: 22,035 signatures

    Take action. Call your MP to ask our government to #BringThemHere.

     

    It is clear that Manus Island and Nauru are completely unsafe for refugees and people seeking asylum.

    The people on Manus Island and Nauru must be brought to safety in our community. The evidence is clear, Australia’s cruel, off-shore detention system, is unsafe, damaging and imperils people's lives.

    As a community we cannot turn away and ignore the deplorable situation our government has created. It is time to end the system of abuse and bring people to safety in our community.

    The Australian Government has been avoiding facing the reality of its own policy’s failure. Now, we, as a community, must show them the way forward.

    #LetThemStay showed that more people than ever supported allowing people seeking asylum already in Australia to move into our communities. Now, we must prove definitively that our shared compassion extends to those on Manus Island and Nauru – and that the government must follow the public, and bring those in its abusive camps to safety in Australia.

    Take action. Sign our petition calling on our government to #BringThemHere.

    Close the camps. End the abuse. #BringThemHere

    Take action. Sign our petition calling on our government to #BringThemHere.


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  • #ChangeThePolicy with us in 2018

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    Sign your name to support this statement and add your powerful voice to a national movement to Change the Policy in 2018. Sign the pledge and we will send you one action a month to change the policy.

     

    I want a supportive, permanent and safe home here in our communities for people seeking asylum

     

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    GOAL: 1,817 letters

    Grab a blank piece of paper from your printer or note pad and follow these steps: 


    1. Start with an opening like this:

    Dear Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,

    I am writing to invite you to my home to have a conversation. I want a home here in our communities for people seeking asylum.

    2. Then add in the body:

    Why you want a home in your community for refugees and people seeking asylum.

    Talk about your values

    Here are the numbers to include:

    25-30,000 people living in Australia without permanent protection, work/study rights and at risk of deportation, homelessness and losing life saving support services.

    16,000 people, including families with children are losing income support and won't be able to meeting basic needs like rent and food.

    1800 people detained in offshore processing, facing deteriorating mental and physical health and no certain future.

    3. Finish with:

    I and my family / housemates / partner / children / pets would love to have you over to our home to have a home cooked meal and to talk about how we can support refugees and people seeking asylum to have a supportive, permanent home here in our communities.

    Please let us know when you are free to come over to our place.

    4. Sign your name. Add your suburb and post code underneath

    5. Take your beautiful hand written letter to the post office, get a stamp and envelope, stick the stamp on right hand corner (just in case you don't know) of the front of envelope, write your address on the back and the Prime Minister's on the front:

    PO Box 6022, House of Representatives
    Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600

    6. Take a selfie or photo of you posting it in the mail box. Red is a powerful colour for super hero action!

    7. Post the selfie / photo on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram with #ChangeThePolicy 
    Ask your friends and followers to take the same action in your post. We have six weeks to get all our letters in to the PM!

    If you have done all this - thank you. You have made a huge difference to protecting people seeking asylum.

    8. Please tell us if you have sent a letter by filling out the form.

    9. Share and reach out to your networks by preparing a letting writing lunch time action here

    We will stay in touch for the next collective action to change the policy for good.

     

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    Tell the Prime Minister: We need a fair process

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    The Turnbull Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has started sending threatening letters to people seeking asylum in our community.

    These letters risk forcing people to lodge their asylum claims without getting the legal advice they need to have the best chance of being able to rebuild their lives in peace with their families in our community. 

    We need the Turnbull Government to stop sending these threatening letters.

    We need to give people a fair chance, with fair timelines and appropriate legal support, to make the most important application of their lives.

    That’s why we’re asking you to sign this letter to Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, calling on him to stop sending the threatening letters and ensure a fair process for people seeking asylum. 

    So, please add your voice today by signing this letter to Prime Minister Turnbull. 

    You can find more information in our ASRC media release and reports in The GuardianFairfax Media and Huffington Post

    GOAL: 2,919 signatures

    Dear Mr Turnbull,

    The reminder letters being sent to people seeking asylum by your Government are creating unnecessary fear and confusion in the community.

    The asylum application process is complex and difficult to negotiate without proper access to legal advice which can make the difference between being successful or having a person's application refused. The letters being sent to people in the community threaten to deny vulnerable people the right to claim asylum, to not renew bridging visas and to cancel support payments.

    The letters your Government is sending force people to choose between lodging their asylum claims without legal advice or risk losing their access to support payments or even the right to ever seek asylum in Australia. It is an unjustifiably harsh approach. Give people a fair chance, with reasonable timelines, and appropriate legal support to make the most important application of their lives.

    People seeking asylum who want to rebuild their lives with their families in our community deserve to have their claims assessed fairly, with the support of lawyers who can help negotiate the complex process the Department of Immigration and Border Protection oversees. This issue shows that we need an asylum process that treats people with and respect and which offers them an opportunity to rebuild their lives in peace in our community.

    A process that treats all people fairly and with respect should:

    - Be clear, efficient and transparent.
    - Be the same for all people regardless of their date or means of arrival.
    - Have a timeframe that allows for proper advice, access to legal help and to fully prepare applications.
    - Restore funding for legal assistance
    - Ensure decisions about asylum are subject to proper review processes and the rule of law
    - Provide permanent residence for people once they have been found to be refugees.

    Our community wants fair treatment for people seeking asylum.

    Please act now. Stop sending these letters.

    Provide people seeking asylum with reasonable timelines and allow them to access the legal support they need.

    Give people a chance of having their asylum claims assessed fairly.


    The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) recognises the importance of protecting the privacy and the rights of individuals in relation to their personal or sensitive information. Our privacy policy and full collection statement is available online at asrc.org.au/privacy
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