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  • Sign the petition: Freedom to own a pet

    Freedom to own a pet

    GOAL: 2,905 signatures


    People applying for asylum in Australia have lost the freedom to own a pet.

    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has issued a notice to people seeking asylum living in Australia with a policy restriction on pet ownership. 

    The Department can decide if people can own a dog, cat or even a gold fish.

    ASRC Director of Campaigns, Jana Favero said, "This is another terrifying display of arbitrary powers to decide the rights of people seeking asylum, this time their freedom to own a pet and the ability to take of care of their pet's health'. 

    Veterinarian at Best Mates charity vet clinic Jason Rapke said, "For people struggling in life, especially those with few family and friends, their pets can be a huge source of support and motivation.”

    Sign now and add your voice to the growing community in Australia calling for fairness, dignity and respect for people seeking asylum.

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull  


    Every person in Australia enjoys the right to enormous benefits of an animal's companionship. 


    The Victorian Government has granted every tenant the right to have a pet in their rented home. 


    Yet your Department of Immigration and Border Protection has a new policy removing the freedom to own a pet for people applying for asylum who live in Australia.


    People seeking asylum already experience high rates of mental ill health, isolation, depression and anxiety, much of it due to Australia's cruel and arduous process to apply for protection.


    Please reinstate this basic right to the companionship of a pet while people wait for their applications to be processed.

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  • #RightTrack - Contact Hon Bill Shorten

    Call Hon Bill Shorten MP to #BringThemHere


    A ninth person has died on Manus Island. 


    Australian health care and service providers are leaving in 30 days, and more people will be at even greater serious health if we do not #EvacuateNow and #BringThemHere


    54 people have left Manus Island and Nauru for the US including mainly single women and a small number of families who are together, thankfully. But the resettlment is taking too long! They can't stay there and wait. 


    Two thousand people remain: 169 children and 1783 people are already assessed to be refugees, with no hope or prospects of resettlement, anywhere.


    Those left behind include some families with immediate family members who are permanent residents of Australia and we must keep them together and #BringThemHere


    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 crisis. Now, we, as a community, must show them the way forward.


    Our movement shows that more people than ever support people seeking asylum.


    Close the camps. End the abuse. #BringThemHere


    Call Bill Shorten MP today. Ask him to show leadership and call for the immediate evacuation of people on Manus & Nauru to safety in Australia and take a stand to reunite families. 




    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

    - Of the remaining 2000 people on Manus and Nauru, some have immediate family members who are permanent residents in Australia. We must keep them together. We must #BringThemHere


    Tips for calling Bill Shorten's office:

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

    - Ask to speak with Bill Shorten and/or leave a message

    - Think carefully about your ask and make your pitch

    - Ask Bill Shorten’s Labor party to stay true to it’s values; bring everyone on Manus and Nauru here and keep families together in Australia 

    - 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: Contact Bill Shorten's office at (03) 9326 1300 or


    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!


    I contacted Bill Shorten!

  • Sign the petition: Tell the Prime Minister: We need a fair process

    Tell the Prime Minister: We need a fair process

    Example of the 30-day letter being sent

    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: 2,916 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.

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