Marina Etherington

  • 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!

    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


    I contacted Bill Shorten!

  • #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


    Sign up

  • 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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