Simone Dawson-Walker

  • Sign the petition: Hand write an invitation to your home for PM Turnbull

    GOAL: 1,818 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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    #EvacuateNow Medical Emergency

     

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    Labor, Greens and Independent leaders vote in support of New Zealand's offer to take 150 men from Manus

    On November 4, every Labor and Greens sitting member of Federal Parliament voted in support of safely resettling the 150 Manus refugees in New Zealand. Over 600 men on Manus are currently being held within incomplete, unsafe and inadequate nearby facilities.

    Together, let's say thank you for their leadership and ask them to keep fighting with us to end our inhumane indefinite mandatory detention system and #EvacuateNow.

    Ask your local MP if they voted yes, and say thank you!

    If they voted no, ask them why and tell them you support respect, fairness and dignity for refugees and people seeking asylum.


    Join our powerful community movement to #EvacuateNow

    Follow the steps below to prepare.

    Then call Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on 02 6277 7700 and register your urgent request to #EvacuateNow everyone on Manus to Australia for medical treatment, before someone dies. 

    AND

    Tweet / post the response you get and tag the MP.

     

    Let's send a loud and clear message that Australians care about the human rights of people seeking asylum and will prevent men dying from treatable medical conditions. 

    Watch Manus medical emergency footage

     

    Join our movement by signing up below!


    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

    Tips for calling MPs office:

    • State your name and let the person know who you are
    • Ask to speak with MP or leave a message
    • Think carefully about your ask and make your pitch
    • Ask your MP 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 the Prime Minister and your MPs offices

    Find your local MP 

     

    Sample Script:

    Hello, my name is _____. I live in [suburb, electorate and state]

    I am calling today to ask {name ] MP / Senator to end the humanitarian crisis unfolding on Manus Island and Nauru by evacuating the 2000 refugees and people seeking asylum to Australia for medical treatment and safety. 

    Can I speak to the MP?

    Can I leave a message for [name] MP / Senator ?

    Does [name] MP / Senator know that refugees and people seeking asylum on Manus? 

    • have run out of water and don’t have working toilets
    • don’t have access to daily medication
    • are peacefully protesting because the facility they are being transferred to is not finished, has no security and therefore they are vulnerable to violence by local people who don’t want them there.

    Does [name]  MP / Senator know?

    Australian officials are exerting political influence to deny and delay doctor's directions for people detained on Nauru who need urgent medical treatment.

    I ask [name] MP / Senator to

    • please make a statement in the media and take responsibility
    • acknowledge that The PNG Prime Minister has asked the Australian Government to take responsibility for the crisis and safety of people on Manus seeking our protection
    • acknowledge that thousands of Australians want leadership on human rights 
    • respect Australia’s multiculturalism and acknowledge that our country is built by refugees and migrants 
    • end human rights abuses
    • we want you to #BringThemHere now

    Thank you very much for your time. Please pass on my message urgently. 

     

    Step 3: Tweet and post the response, tag the MP / Senator

     

    Step 4: Debrief with others

    Debrief about your experience by filling in the feedback form below or email us at campaigns@asrc.org.au - We'd love to hear about your experience!

    And if you don't hear from their offices within two weeks, follow up! 

     

     

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