Astrid Reinke

  • #EvacuateNow Medical Emergency



    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. 


    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 - 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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  • Freedom to own a pet

    GOAL: 2,908 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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  • Sign up to #RightTrack


    We are a community that stands up for freedom, fairness, and dignity for all. 

    Last year, communities across the country stood with people seeking asylum to demand our leaders #LetThemStay, and the Government had no choice but to back down on its threats to deport people seeking protection in Australia back to harm on Nauru and Manus Island.

    The Government has now begun its second attempt to force people living in our community back to Nauru and Manus Island, without any plan for a safe future for the people who have already been imprisoned there for more than four years.

    Join us in standing with people seeking asylum in our community and in our Government's care offshore. Sign up and join the movement by calling your local MP to demand the Government #LetThemStay!

    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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