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Join our solidarity protest

Free ALL the Medevac refugees - permanency not poverty for those released

When: Friday, 30 April 2021 @4:30 pm Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre - Grey Street Entrance (opposite ABC studio)

RSVP: RACQld Facebook event page

Peter Dutton and other LNP politicians are having an all day fundraiser at the Brisbane Convention Centre finishing at 5pm.

So we're taking our message to Dutton and the other LNP politicians to free all the Medevac refugees now.

The Medevac refugees detained in the Kangaroo Point hotel for over a year have been moved, but they still aren’t free. Most of them are now being detained in the Park Hotel in Melbourne.

The Refugee Action Collective is calling this demonstration to show the men that they are not forgotten. We will be connecting with the refugees in Melbourne and other places on the night of the protest.

There are still many Medevac refugees - innocent people - being detained by our government around the country:

24 in the Park Hotel in Melbourne

35 in the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA)

11 in the Adelaide Immigration Transit Accommodation (AITA)

4 in the Villawood detention centre in Sydney

22 in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA).

They should ALL be immediately freed.

These are innocent people who came to Australia seeking protection, and they should never have been sent to Nauru and PNG. They should have been processed under Australian law and given permanent protection in Australia.

Over six years of detention on Nauru and PNG has left them with mental and physical health problems. They were brought to Australia because they needed medical care but they just got more detention. They need to be freed and given proper care.

Even those people who have been released into the community are still being mistreated. They’ve been given Final Departure Bridging E Visas. These visas allow them to work but if they can’t find work or are unable to work, they do not get Centrelink support. This is a recipe for poverty and reliance on charity.

They are also meant to be making arrangements to leave the country, even though they are refugees and can’t return to their homes. It is time to stop the cruelty and free them all now and give them all permanent protection.

Please join us at the Convention Centre on Friday to help send a strong message.


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