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Phones are a Lifeline: #ShameAlanTudge Calling Party

Public event hosted by Julia Stuart and Mostafa Azimitabar

Moz is in detention in the Mantra in Melbourne. Moz asks all supporters to urge as many friends & supporters as possible to accept the Facebook invitation to this Calling Party on Sept 1.

Phones are a lifeline, especially to refugees far from home and in detention.

Please do what you can to spread the word.

Can you imagine living in lockdown without access to your friends and family via the internet on your phone or computer? The refugees detained in the Mantra and Kangaroo Point hotel prisons will be facing living in solitary confinement, with no outside contact, if Alan Tudge gets his way.

On 1 September we are hosting a calling party and encourage you to contact Alan Tudge's office to let him know that Australians will not stand for the removal of phones from refugees in detention.

When: Tuesday 1 September 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 pm AEST

Call Alan Tudge's office: (02) 6277 7790 Email Alan Tudge: #ShameAlanTudge

The refugees detained in the hotel prisons have already spent seven years confined in detention centres on Manus Island or Nauru, just for seeking asylum, which is a human right. They have now spent a year detained inside these hotels, 24/7 inside a lifeless building, no freedom to take a walk in the park or to go outside at all, no freedom to choose what to eat, surrounded by security guards, as least one of which has tested positive for COVID-19. Their only lifeline is a phone for external human contact. Now, the Australian Government want to take away their final freedom, the dignity of communication with family, friends, and the outside world.

Over the past weeks, federal acting Immigration Minister, Alan Tudge, has begun using the power of language to cloud the truth and manipulate the people of Australia for political gain. He would have the public believe that all refugees in detention are criminal child abusers that can’t be trusted with mobile phones. He is doing this to gain support for a parliamentary bill to confiscate the phones of refugees in detention, even though the Australian Government already has the ability to confiscate phones and to prosecute if criminal activity is detected.

These phones are essential to the health and wellbeing of those detained, allowing them to remain in contact with family, friends and legal support, to keep them sane while they are locked in the Mantra and Kangaroo Point hotel prisons, and to continue to hold the government to account.

Minister Tudge is well aware that every single one of the refugees transferred to Australia under the Medevac legislation has undergone extensive background and criminal checks and were individually approved by his own Department to be transferred to Australia.

We need your help to stand up against this injustice!

We would love for you to share your ideas and messages about what Minister Tudge is doing; this is a forum for you to share your thoughts with us, and with Minister Tudge.

Call Alan Tudge's office: (02) 6277 7790 Email Alan Tudge:

Talking Points

  • What do you think when you see that this person is spending more than $30M to keep two children detained on Christmas Island?

  • What do you think about him spending billions of dollars to keep innocent refugees locked in cages?

  • How do you feel about him trying to silence refugees by taking away their mobile phones?

  • What do you think when you see adults being flown to Christmas Island to play with two little girls, who should have the freedom to play with other children?

  • What do you think about him calling refugees child abusers?

  • How do you feel about him blatantly lying about the refugee status of asylum seekers brought here under Medevac?

  • What do you think about the manipulative and derogatory language he uses to take away people's dignity?

Hosted by

Julia Stuart


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