#LetThemStay – Inhumane policies “not in our name”
370 men, women and children seeking protection, including 37 babies and 90 children, are at immediate risk of destitution in our communities after the Australian Government announced the end of income support and provision of accommodation.
Last year Presentation people with many groups protested to the Australian Government against its attempt to send vulnerable people back to offshore detention centres at Manus Island and Nauru. It worked – but now we must cry out at the new callous and cruel treatment being meted out to these same people who were brought to Australia by the government for medical reasons and safety.
National refugee support services, asylum seeker centres, St Vincent de Paul Society and the Salvation Army, as well as law services and other community groups are coming together to plan a response including aid, accommodation and a public campaign. Presentation people in various states and cities are ready to join these efforts.
The first part of the campaign this week, following the 27 August 2017 announcement, is to telephone, write letters and emails to the Prime Minister, your local MP, the Opposition Leader and your Senators.
For more information and a fact sheet from the Australian Churches Refugee Task Force, click on the following link http://mailchi.mp/b05e00399eb4/sanctuary-cohort-being-removed-from-financial-support?e=b8e39df79a
If you would like to assist you can go to the sector coordinated website hosted by Refugee Council of Australia at www.refugeecouncil.org.au/take-action/let-them-stay-donate