Sabena Lund

  • 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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  • #ChangeThePolicy with us in 2018


    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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  • Call Julie Bishop MP



    #EvacuateNow Samuel and everyone on Manus and Nauru, needing medical treatment to Australia

    Australian doctors are increasingly concerned for the medical condition of people seeking asylum and refugees on Manus and Nauru.

    Australian Border Force (ABF) has been blocking or delaying medical transfers for people to access urgent medical treatment for complex and serious conditions like heart attacks, kidney stones and neurological damage.

    ABF is repeatedly ignoring diagnosis and recommendations of treating doctors and medical specialists, while people’s health deteriorates and they are kept in prolonged physical and mental pain and distress.

    Our indefinite mandatory detention system continues to traumatise vulnerable people and abuse their human right to medical care.

    Read more on Khan’s story on Nauru or listen to the ABC Radio National Breakfast report.


    Australian doctors concerned for the medical conditions of refugees and people seeking asylum on Manus and Nauru

    ABC 7.30 report has exposed Australian officials exerting political influence to delay and deny urgent medical treatment for people detained on Nauru.

    Dr Nick Martin was in the role of Senior Medical Officer on Nauru from November 2016 to August 2017.

    Having worked in some of the toughest places in the world over 16 years as a doctor with the British Navy, he has been so shocked and traumatised by his time on Nauru that he has spoken out at great personal risk.

    This is a highly ethical doctor living up to his professional obligations, and a brave Australian.

    Even after several deaths on both Nauru and Manus as a result of lack of timely medical care, and several inquests, it is clear that the Australian government continues to brazenly place people’s lives at risk for political gain.

    The government and the opposition cannot continue to ignore the humanitarian crisis unfolding in our offshore detention facilities.

    Everyone who needs treatment on Manus and Nauru must be medically evacuated and brought to Australia now.

    Call Julie Bishop MP and tell her that people seeking asylum on Manus and Nauru who need medical care, be brought here.


    Step 1: Prepare what you want to say

    What we stand for:

    - We must treat people seeking asylum with dignity and respect, not deny them basic support and intimidate them

    - Everyone who needs treatment must be medically evacuated and brought to Australia now. We must #BringThemHere


    Tips for calling Julie Bishop's office:

    - State your name and let the person know who you are

    - Ask to speak with Julie Bishop and/or leave a message

    - Think carefully about your ask and make your pitch about why you care.

    - Ask Julie Bishop to bring everyone who needs treatment on Manus and Nauru to be medically evacuated and brought to Australia now.

    - Don’t rush and don’t worry about impatient staff – just stay relaxed, clear and polite.

    - Ask the staffer what they think - this helps open the conversation

    - Thank them for passing on the message


    Step 2: Call Julie Bishop's office


    Step 3: Debrief with others

    Debrief about your experience by filling in the feedback form below or email us at - We'd love to hear about your experience!

    And if you don't hear from your MP/Senator within two weeks, follow up!

    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


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