“Of the 222 minors who were on Nauru at its peak in 2014, only seven remain. Four have been accepted for resettlement in the United States, along with their families, leaving only three children from two families.” (SMH: 8 January 2018)
Over 167,000 everyday Australians have joined the call to get #KidsOffNauru.
This campaign belongs to everyday people and any Australian organisation who believe we should put children first in the asylum seeker and refugee debate.
Migration Amendment (Kids Off Nauru) Bill
2nd Reading – 22 October 2018
Text of Bill
In essence, this Bill requires that all children on Nauru be brought to Australia for medical treatment, accompanied by their families.
It is co-sponsored by –
Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie,
Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie,
Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt
Three state AEU branches – NSW Teachers Federation, AEU Victorian branch and the Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) will walk off the job on November 20, Universal Children’s Day, to demand the federal Coalition government gets kids and their families off Nauru.
“As teachers, the treatment of refugee children on Nauru is an anathema to our professional ethics and the care with which we support the learning and welfare of our students every day.”
The Australian Education Union and the Independent Education Union of Australia
Please sign this letter to the Scott Morrison and help get the children off Nauru.
2.30pm – 4.30pm – Tuesday, November 20, 2018 – Melbourne
Teachers Walk off for Nauru & Manus – State Library of Victoria. Facebook event here.
If you are not a teacher – Teacher Supporter Badges – Blue– print cut and fit in Badge holder and wear in solidarity with the teachers.
- #KidsOffNauru Actions
- #KidsOffNauru Campaign Resources
- #KidsOffNauru Campaign Images
- #KidsOffNauru Reports & Media
The campaign was initiated by World Vision Australia.
382 Endorsing Organisations as at 6/11/2018
- And/or email all senators and MPs using the list at List of all MPS and Senators<https://australianrefugeeactionnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/federal-mps-and-senators-email-and-phone-details-may-2018.xlsx>
You can copy all senators email into the BCC box and address your email Dear Senator… and do the same for all MPs, address your email to Dear Member of Parliament
- Email or call the Prime Minister and Bill Shorten to tell them that this shameful and cruel abuse of innocent people must stop, and to bring people to safety.
Prime Minster Phone: (02) 6277 7700 https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm
Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition Phone: (02) 6277 4022 Email Bill.Shorten.MP@aph.gov.au
Find contact details for your local MP here
… consider sending your email (BCC as a group) to all MPs and Senators.
4 Main Messages:
- Locking up children is never the answer
- You wouldn’t let your child grow up like this
- Our political leaders must end the harm
- Australians deserve the truth
- 6 out of 10 Australians don’t know there are children detained on Nauru
- Operation Sovereign Borders and offshore processing statistics – 03/08/18
- Save the Children Australia joins campaign to free 119 children trapped on Nauru
- Rural Australians for Refugees Press Release
- Pacific Island Forum Heads of State briefing paper– ARAN
- Letter to PM. Scott Morrison – Removal of children from detention – Dr Barbara Vernon, Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Healthcare Australasia. 31 Oct 2018
- Media release (proforma) for ARAN groups to use –
PDF version here or download Word version here
Please share this video clip – A group of young Aussie kids have appeared in an Advertising Campaign launched today asking the Prime Minister of Australia to save young children in desperate trouble on Nauru.
Images for use in the #KidsOffNauru Campaign here
Resources – here – sample posters, postcards, letters, etc. #KidsOffNauru Campaign
Frequently Asked Questions – #KidsOffNauru here
National RAR Open Letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison here
Unbelievable !!! –
60% of Australians unaware refugee children detained on Nauru, poll finds
Take Action Right Now
The world’s refugee crisis is a complex problem but …
- Locking up children is not the answer
- Around 117 children remain on Nauru with no certainty about their future
- Officially, the government says most are now free to move around.
- However, they all remain effectively detained as they are trapped on an island, which is less than half the size of Melbourne airport.
Refugee Council of Australia petition – Kids Off Nauru
GetUp Petition – Demand Politicians get #KidsOffNauru
ASRC Petition to evacuate Kids Off Nauru in 100 days
PLAN International – Add your name to get #kidsoffnauru
Amnesty International – END THE HARM AND BRING THE KIDS IN DETENTION ON NAURU TO AUSTRALIA
MSF – Evacuate refugees and asylum seekers from Nauru
Summary of campaign
#KidsOffNauru is a sector wide campaign calling for Turnbull and Shorten to act to bring the 119 children and their families currently detained on Nauru to safety in Australia before Universal Children’s Day on November 20, 2018.
Note from World Vision re photos of children being used in this Campaign Please be reassured that these photos have been thoroughly checked and approved by both the families with informed consent given and with the Australian Council for International Development and World Vision Australia to make sure we’re truthfully representing the scenario.
Key Dates for the Campaign
- 19.08.18 – Campaign Media Launch & World Humanitarian Day
- 20-24.08.18 – Parliamentary Sitting Period (2nd week – both houses)
- 21.08.18 – 1.09.18 – Launch Social Media Activity
- 3-6.09.18 – Pacific Island Forum on Nauru
- 24.09.18 – First Day back at School
- 10.10.18 – World Mental Health Day
- 11.10.18 – International Day of the Girl Child
- 24.10.18 – International Children’s Day
- 20.11.18 – Universal Children’s Day
Q. What does the #KIDSOFFNAURU campaign want? What is the solution?
A. The Australian Parliament must act to bring every child and their family to Australia by Universal Children’s Day, on November 20.
- They should be either resettled in Australia or in another suitable country which welcomes them.
- Children in detention should not be discriminated against and must be given a fair chance for survival and development.
- All decisions taken about offshore, indefinite detention must first and foremost consider the best interest of the child.
- This is to ensure that these children will be able to face their futures with certainty and finally start to pursue their hopes and dreams.
Whatever the solution, locking up children is not it.
Here’s an idea:
Next time you order a coffee and they ask your name, say “Kids off Nauru” then when your coffee is ready they will call out “Kids Off Nauru” for the whole cafe to hear.
Media and Reports related to children on Nauru: here