The Pledge to Asylum Seekers

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Bendigo: 5th June from 4-5.30pmRally for Refugees flyer June 2015

Rally for Refugees, hosted by the St Killian’s Parish Social Justice Group Bendigo

An important call to action to:

  • Rescue the Rohingyan asylum seekers
  • End turning back boats
  • Settle Rohingyan refugees in Australia

Come along and add your voice!

Details on the flyer. Meeting at the fountain end of Rosalind Park.

Please note: the Pledge to Asylum Seekers is staunchly non political, however wherever possible we will support any endeavour that aims to change current asylum seeker policy in Australia.


Past events

These have been left here as you may be interested in contacting the organisers to see if anything is planned for the future.


Bendigo: 25th October from 9am-4pm

FB imageOur Refugee Story, hosted by Bendigo RAR (Rural Australians for Refugees)

Discover compelling stories, talk with local advocacy groups and tune in to illuminating conversations.

Full details here.

Note: Your place at the talks with Najaf Mazari and Julian Burnside must be booked! Places are going so fast they’ve had to book a larger venue! Book at

Geelong: Saturday 11th October at 11.15am


Book launch

THE DROWNINGS’ ARGUMENT: Australia’s inhumanity: Offshore processing of Asylum Seekers

Special Guest: Ged Kearney President of the ACTU

Geelong Trades Hall – Lower Hall
127 Myers Street, Geelong

Download the flyer here.

Please RSVP by 19th September to Chris by email: 

rac-protest-11-october-2014Melbourne: Saturday 11th October, 2pm

Rally protesting one year of Operation Sovereign Borders

Speakers who have reconfirmed for the new date so far include:

  • Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP
  • Lisa Chesters ALP MP for Bendigo
  • Reza Yarahmadi – Iranian Refugee

Download the flyer here.

Geelong: 11th – 19th October from 10am – 5pm

Queenscliff RAR presents a new exhibition ‘OUT OF THE DARKNESS’ October 11th-19th in Geelong


Wesley Church Hall
100 Yarra Street, Geelong
Free entry

Since 2004, a group of artists from Queenscliff Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) has created a series of exhibitions that were shown both locally and throughout regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. The exhibitions attracted many thousands of visitors, and played a significant role in bringing about community awareness and stimulating change around asylum issues.

The inspiration for these exhibitions came from witnessing the heartache and despair faced by asylum seekers who had been imprisoned in Australia’s notorious Immigration Detention prisons.  The first exhibition ,’Pillows of Tears’, told the stories of those whose voices could not be heard from behind the razor-wire.

Subsequent exhibitions , ‘Beyond Tears’ and ‘Tears from the Heart’, focused on other aspects of Australia’s refugee policies: the cruel Temporary Protection Visas with no family re-union; the forced returns to danger; the plight of those trapped in dangerous homelands; and the reasons for seeking asylum.

Now it is time for the artists to present their fourth exhibition ‘Out of the Darkness’.

The exhibition is presented as a large installation combining paintings, fibres, graphics, photography, sculpture and text.

The artists hope that this powerful and beautiful exhibition will encourage us to re-affirm our commitment to our core values, to honour the UN Refugee Convention that Australia has signed, and to confirm that we, as a humane and caring society, can shine a light in the darkness.

Download the flyer here.


Daylesford VIC: Saturday, 9th August, 2pm to 4.30pm

entering-daylesfordPublic forum: It’s time to rethink ALP policies on asylum seekers

Daylesford Town Hall, Vincent Street, Daylesford VIC

This is a free public forum open to all ALP members and all members of the public who wish to contribute to a discussion and possible re-shaping of ALP policies relating to asylum seekers.


  • Anna Burke, Federal Member for Chisholm
  • David Manne, Lawyer and public advocate assisting asylum seekers
  • Julian Burnside, Lawyer and public advocate assisting asylum seekers


  • Current ALP policies on asylum seekers will be explained.
  • Each speaker will then present their view on the adequacy of or suggested changes to the ALP policies.
  • The audience, guided by the Chairperson, Dep. Mayor Cr. Kate Redwood, will have the opportunity through a Q&A format to express their views or ask questions.
  • All attending will have the opportunity to submit written thoughts on the current policies and possible changes.

 More details here

 Calendar of LOTS of events!

Compassion Without Borders have put together a calendar of events – check it out and see what’s coming up in your area!

Here are a few things coming up this month – what’s on near you? Go to the calendar for full details:

Ascot Vale, Victoria: Regular Art Class for Asylum Seekers
Sat, 16 August, 12:00 – 15:00

Everywhere: Action Hour for refugees
Tue, 19 August, 13:00 – 14:00

Sydney to Canberra – The Walk for the Silent Many
Sat, 23 August, 08:00 – Mon, 1 September, 20:00

Ballarat: Ballarat Rural Australians for Refugees urgent fundraiser event
Tue, 26 August, 18:30 – 20:30

Gold Coast: March Australia
Bega: March Australia
Sat, 30 August, 12:00 – 14:00

Brisbane: March Australia
Bundaberg: March Australia
Adelaide: March in August
Sun, 31 August, 11:30 – 12:30

Thanks so much to Compassion Without Borders for putting this together. :-)

If you have an event you’d like to promote contact Compassion Without Borders through their Facebook page. If you’re not on Facebook we’d be happy to pass it on to them: contact us here.

walk-for-the-silent-many-mapVillawood (Sydney) to Canberra: Saturday 23rd August to Monday 1st September

The Walk of the Silent Many, led by Anne Hilton.

Donate now so they have the resources they need

Follow progress, both before and during the walk, here.


lecture-flyer-for-cria-alastair-nicholson_imageMelbourne: Thursday 28th August, 5.15-7.00pm

Children’s Rights International and
International Social Service Australia present:

A seminar on the detrimental effects
of Operation Sovereign Borders

When: Thursday 28th August, 5.15 – 7.00pm

Where: GM15, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton

Download flyer here.

The ongoing imprisonment of hundreds of children in Australian detention centres both on and offshore is a direct consequence of Australian government policy. It flies in the face of international opinion, contravenes the rights of children and is a shameful departure from human decency.

Operation Sovereign Borders aims to block as many asylum seekers from coming to Australia as possible, and to make those who reach Australia suffer so terribly that others will be deterred from making the attempt. While this policy may appeal to the more fearful and racist among us and garner votes for whichever political party is seeking election, internationally Australia is perceived as a selfish nation lacking humanity and compassion.

Chaired by the Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC, Chair, Children’s Rights International, Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne


Professor Louise Newman AM, Professor of Developmental Psychiatry and Director of the Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology

Dr Norman Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer, UNICEF Australia

Ms Katie Robertson, Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyer

Registration is essential for this free event

RSVP Contact: email or phone 9670 4122.


grandmothers-for-refugee-childrenMelbourne: Saturday 6th September, 1.45pm for 2pm launch

Official public launch of Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children

On the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne (on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Street, diagonally opposite Flinders Street Railway Station)

We will all wear purple scarves. If you already have one, please wear it. If not, don’t worry, we will provide!

Please also bring a percussion instrument to play – e.g. tambourine, triangle or small hand drum.

Preparation working bee on Saturday 23rd August:

We will also be holding a working bee to prepare for the launch from 10:00am to 12:30pm on the morning of Saturday 23rd August at the St Andrew’s Uniting Church hall, Duncan Street, Fairfield (corner of Gillies and Duncan Streets).  We will be making paper doll chains to represent the 1,000 children in detention, attaching banners to poles, cutting up purple fabric etc.  If you are free, please drop in with your scissors for all or some of the time to help.

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