Mariya Coblenz

  • 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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  • Freedom to own a pet

    GOAL: 2,911 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.


    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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