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To: The Morrison Government

Launch of 150 days of action for people seeking refuge in our land

Launch of 150 days of action for people seeking refuge in our land

For the past twenty years, refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia have experienced inhumane and cruel treatment. Today, in the name of Joseph the refugee, we embark on a further 150 days of focused action. We robustly demand the Federal Government:

1. To provide income support and a financial safety net for all people seeking asylum in Australia

2. To end temporary protection visas and create a clear pathway to permanent residency

3. To ensure access to family reunion for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia remove temporary protection visas and provide a permanent and safe resettlement pathway for all refugees and those who arrive here seeking protection.

Why is this important?

This year is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate and reflect on Joseph, described by Pope Francis in his apostolic letter, Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), as a beloved father, a father who is creatively courageous, a father in the shadows. Francis names Joseph specifically in his letter as “the special patron of all those forced to leave their native lands because of war, hatred, persecution and poverty.”

To honour and acknowledge this, a coalition has come together to initiate 150 days of action across Australia, to engage with people of goodwill, and advocate to change our country’s attitude and policies towards those seeking protection in Australia.


Reasons for signing

  • I am saddened that our nation has become so hard hearted on refugees. We should share our good fortune with refugees as we did in the past after the Vietnam war & after WW2.
  • Recent Australian Governments show a progressive harshness and towards Asylum Seekers. Governments knowingly put asylum seekers in indefinite detention situations that cause mental and physical illness, and abuse and that go against the Refugee Convention. No wonder the Chinese challenge our right to raise Human Rights abuses with them when we ourselves perpetrate them daily and serially. Coalition leaders in particular have an unhealthy obsession with and fear of refugees arriving by boats.
  • Our government's policies towards asylum seekers and refugees becomes crueler by the day. It is time to become compassionate & to provide for 'the alien in our midst'. What was the Lord telling us when the Gospel reading on the so-called Tampa Sunday was about the rich man and Lazarus - the poor man - who was at the rich man's door, hoping to get some crumbs from his table? (Luke 16: 19-26)

Updates

2021-06-23 17:59:35 +1000

500 signatures reached

2021-06-15 22:08:28 +1000

Thank you for all your support. Please keep sharing this petition with your family and friends so we can affect real change in our community!

2021-06-15 20:28:24 +1000

100 signatures reached

2021-06-15 16:37:57 +1000

50 signatures reached

2021-06-11 19:31:37 +1000

25 signatures reached

2021-06-10 21:16:33 +1000

10 signatures reached