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Do you want to get involved in creating lasting social and policy change for people seeking asylum in Australia?Become a volunteer
There are many ways to get involved.
Getting on the #RightTrack is up to all of us!
In 2017 ASRC is campaigning to create a welcoming community where we are guided by our values and committed to fairness.
Getting on the #RightTrack means working alongside people seeking asylum and diverse communities from all sides of politics to frame a conversation where our values guide the way we treat each other.
Getting on the #RightTrack means creating a system that assesses people’s cases for asylum fairly, offering permanent protection, and which treats people with dignity and respect while living in our communities.
There are many ways to get involved. ASRC Community Action Workshops, running in Victoria, Brisbane and Sydney throughout 2017, will share tools, strategies and actions to achieve a sustainable shift in community attitudes and help create more welcoming and harmonious communities.
Join with us as we work together to create a shared future with people seeking asylum that is guided by fairness, dignity and decency.
Getting on the #RightTrack is up to all of us
In 2016 our Government tried to pass laws that would stop people who sought asylum by sea since July 2013 from ever setting foot in Australia. Labor leader, Bill Shorten, described these proposed laws as “ridiculous”. He’s right, and Labor committed to voting against these cruel laws.
Since the Government's policy was announced, thousands of people have contacted their MPs and Senators personally. This response helped stop these laws and showed what happens when our community stands together for decency and fairness. This is what getting on the #RightTrack looks.
We need Labor and crossbench Senators to maintain their commitment to voting against the law if it is ever brought before the Senate. We now need to demonstrate the strength of public support for refugees and people seeking asylum.
In 2017 will you call your MP and Senators and ask them to commit to voting against this law?
As the daughter of a man who risked his life to seek asylum by boat, Gulima personally knows what it means to have a chance to escape persecution and build a life of peace in Australia.
She is asking you to join her in calling on MPs and Senators to vote against this inhumane law in Parliament.
There is a simple and effective thing you can do to stop this awful proposal. Call your MP and Senators and ask them to stand for decency and commit to blocking these laws.
It is time to bring people to safety in our community, where their claims can be properly assessed, and where people can be supported through genuine pathways towards permanent protection and citizenship.
As a community we can act to change these unfair policies. Help us send a message to our government by calling your Federal MP and Senators and tell them it's time to get on the #RightTrack to becoming a welcoming community.
Email us and let us know how you went.
Call your local MP or state Senators
Call your MP and Senators and tell them you want change
You can find the name and contact details of your local representative via the Australian Parliament House website. Simply enter your postcode to find the details for Members and Senators and their electorate offices.
What our community wants:
- We must end our cruel detention system and focus on assessing people’s cases for asylum in a safe space while they rebuild their lives in our community
- We need a refugee determination process that is fair and which treats all people seeking asylum with dignity and respect
- We must restore funding for legal assistance and support the right to legal representation for applying for protection visas
- We must ensure permanent, not temporary, protection for everyone
Tips for calling an MP’s office:
- First state your name and let the person know that the MP you’re calling is your local member, if that’s the case
- Ask to leave a message
- Explain what you’re asking [use the right wording i.e. “I am calling to ask [MP’s full name] to support ending offshore detention of people seeking asylum and bringing them here. “]
- Explain why you’re asking it (choose three main reasons and write them down just in case)
- Ask for the MP or Senator to follow up on the call as this keeps them accountable
- Thank them for passing on the message
- Speak from the heart, be polite, and make sure you get your point across
- Don’t rush and don’t worry about impatient staff – just stay relaxed, clear and polite.
Skeleton script if you want more guidance:
Hi, my name is ______________________ [full name], from ____________________ [suburb, state].
I want to speak to ________________ [MP’s full name].
If they are unavailable: In that case I would like to leave a message for __________________ [MP’s full name].
I am calling today in regards to our government’s current system of harsh, unfair and unjust treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum.
We need to change.
We know that our government’s system of indefinite detention is cruel and abusive.
We know that our current refugee determination process is unfair and directly affects 11,000 people in Victoria and over 24,000 nationally right now.
I am calling to ask ________________ [MP’s full name] to support the right of people seeking asylum to a refugee determination process that treats all people fairly and with respect.
I would like you to make a note of the reasons I am asking ________________ [MP’s name] to hear the community’s call to commit to creating a fairer system that treats people seeking asylum with dignity and respect.
[Tell them what you want to see happen – see potential ideas above] I would like to hear from the MP about what their plan is to restore dignity to our whole community and protect people seeking asylum from harm and abuse.
Finally we’d like you to tell us about the experience. Let us know who you called and how it went by completing the form on the right. Together we can hold our politicians to account and call on them to change.
3AW 693 Melbourne
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Outside Melbourne: 13 13 32
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New South Wales
ABC 702 Sydney
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ABC 612 Brisbane
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Regional ABC radio You can also find the contact details for your local regional ABC radio stations.
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Submit online: The Age
The Age guide to writing letters to the editor
The Herald Sun
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Leader newspapers Send a letter to your local Leader newspaper.
New South Wales
Sydney Morning Herald
Post: GPO Box 3771 Sydney NSW 2001
SMH guide to writing letters to the editor.
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South Australia Courier Mail
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The West Australian
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Local regional newspapers The Australian
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You can find comprehensive state-based lists of local regional newspapers at the newspapers.com.au site.
Rhys Stephens 51sc
Former Campaign Support Coordinator at Asylum Seeker Resource Centre