UPDATED RALLY DETAILS: We will be meeting at the State Library at 12 midday for a 12.15 march to the Melbourne Museum on Nicholson St, where we will hear from Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry. From there we will march to the EMERGE Festival at the Fitzroy Town Hall.

The recent decisions to freeze processing of all claims by asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, and to re-open the notorious Curtin detention centre, are taking us back to the dark days of Australia's recent past.

Refugees should be welcomed to this country, not vilified, victimised and used as political footballs to secure electoral advantage. Seeking asylum is not a crime - it is a human right.

Many Australians were involved in the campaign to resist the demonisation of refugees before and after the infamous "Tampa election" in 2001. We need to make our voices heard again. We need to make sure that it is not only those promoting intolerance and inhumane policies who are heard in this election year.

A broad coalition of individuals and groups, under the unbrella of the "Refugee Advocates Network", have got together to organise a major rally on World Refugee Day, Sunday June 20.

We will be calling on the government to reverse the freeze on processing asylum claims, and opposing the re-opening of Curtin Detention Centre.

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  • Supporting organisations Act for Peace – National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), Amnesty International, Australian Education Union Vic, Australian Jewish Democratic Society, Australian Nursing Federation, Australian Services Union (Vic Private Sector Branch ...
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  • Melbourne rally details MEET 12 NOON AT THE STATE LIBRARY (SWANSTON ST, CITY) ON SUNDAY JUNE 20. We will be meeting at the State Library at 12 midday for a 12.15 march ...
    Posted Jun 6, 2010, 10:52 PM by Refugee Advocacy Network Melbourne
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