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Upcoming events
Palm Sunday rallies 25 March 2018
Chauka Please Tell us the Time screenings
Regular rallies and vigils
Other national events lists

Upcoming events


Refugee Rights Movement Strategic Planning Day
15 March, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Australian Red Cross, 155 Pelham Street, Carlton, Victoria Organised by Refugee Council of Australia. Please join us for our next movement strategy planning day, where we’ll strategise together to more effectively campaign for justice for refugees and people seeking asylum. Book and more information here.

Regatta of Hope – Jan 31-March 11 – Across Australia

Walk to emphasise that most Australians do not support offshore detention as part of our asylum seeker policy. Hold a walk in your local area and take a photo of yourself or your group holding a sign with #RegattaOfHope and #RefugeeRegatta2018. Anyone in a group photo who is not holding a sign can cross their arms above their head symbolising peaceful protest against offshore detention. Then post you photos to social media using the hashtags, and upload them to the event page on Facebook.
More information at Facebook event here

Rural Australians for Refugees National Conference

6-8 April, Wodonga Catholic College, 1 Bowman Court, Wodonga, Victoria Book here
Building the Future is a 3-day national conference which will bring together, from across Australia, supporters and advocates for people seeking refuge and asylum. Participants will discuss initiatives for positive change towards a more realistic and humane response to the Australian and global refugee situation. The conference will cover a range of priorities, including: campaigning, rural resettlement, youth, and future directions. More information at the RAR website here


Paint the Town Refugee: Evacuate Manus and Nauru
Friday 16 February, 5:30 pm, State Library
Join a RAC working bee to cover the streets of Melbourne in posters, stickers, chalk stencils, banners, leaflets and more with the ‘welcome refugees’ and ‘bring them here’ message, and advertisements for the Palm Sunday refugee rally. We’ll approach bars and cafes and cover bollards, poles and footpaths across the CBD, just as the “Yes” campaign did. We will have plenty of materials, but feel free to bring your own material and ideas of optimal places for our message. We’ll work in groups, so it’s a good chance to meet other refugee activists on the night.
If you can’t get into the city, or you can’t wait til the date, feel free to hold a local “paint the town refugee” in your own suburb. Post photos of your work here.

Action to support a Tamil man facing deportation
Sunday 18 February, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, MITA, 120-150 Camp Rd, Broadmeadows.
More information at Facebook event here.

Geelong Regatta of Hope Walk
Thursday 1 March, 7pm (after Combined Refugee Action Group general meeting)
Leaving from Trades Hall, 127 Myers St and walking along Geelong Waterfront. Bring banners and placards calling for an end to offshore detention and processing.

The Power of Good People Book Launch
Sunday 4 March, 4pm, Queenscliff Uniting Church, Hesse St, Queenscliff
Para Paheer grew up in war torn Sri Lanka, and with his family, faced tragic consequences of violence and ruthless politics. He was thirty-one when he was rescued from the Indian Ocean while sailing to Australia to seek asylum. While in Christmas Island Detention Centre Para became penfriends with Alison Corke, a member of the Apollo Bay branch of Rural Australians for Refugees, in Victoria. On his release from detention in 2011, Para moved in with the Corke family. The Power of Good People is the collaboration of Alison and Para, who will be the guest speakers at this event.


Rally to launch the Sydney to Canberra Regatta for Hope
24 February, 12:00 noon, Town Hall in George St

Food For Thought curry dinner cooked by Tamil refugees
Sunday 4 March 6-9pm, Redfern Town Hall, hosted by Teachers for Refugees Book your ticket here

Palm Sunday rallies 25 March 2018

Adelaide 2pm, Victoria Square, march to Parliament House Facebook event here
Brisbane 2pm, King George Square Facebook event here
Canberra 1pm Garema Place
Sydney 2pm Belmore Park Facebook event here
Melbourne 2pm State Library of Victoria Facebook event here send endorsements to
Newcastle 3pm Wheeler Place Facebook event here
Lennox Head, NSW 11am, Ballina Rd bus shelter at north end of shopping centre
Wollongong 12pm, Crown St Mall Facebook event here

Perth 1pm, St George’s Cathedral Facebook event here

Chauka Please Tell Us the Time screenings

Shot on his mobile phone from inside detention on Manus Island and sent to filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani, this film by Kurdish-Iranian refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani is a unique record of life inside detention.

Parramatta, Sydney: 6.30pm Wednesday 28 February, Event Cinemas, Westfield Parramatta Tickets available here
Illawarra: 6.30pm Thursday 15 March, Gala Twin Cinemas, 204 Cowper Street, Warrawong Tickets available here
Murwillumbah 2pm Sunday 4 March, Regent Cinema, 5 Brisbane St Tickets available here

Regular rallies and vigils


Ballina: Fortnightly on Wednesdays. 4.30pm-5.30pm – at the traffic lights, on the river side of the intersection of Kerr and River St, Ballina.
Ballina Region for Refugees – Vigil

1) Every Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Crn Hunter & Auckland Sts, Newcastle – Vigil against Detention of Refugee Children
and also on Newcastle Rd at Jesmond Park on Thursdays at 5:00 pm.

2) First Saturday of every month – 2pm – Wheeler Place,
Newcastle – #CantStandBy

Lismore: Every Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, outside MP Kevin Hogan’s office, Molesworth Street, Lismore.

Nowra: Every Friday, 10am -12 noon, Vigil outside Ann Sudmalis’ office, Suite 3, 59 Junction Street, Nowra

Sydney: Every Friday 6-7pm at the Queen Victoria statue in front of QVB Facebook event here


Every Friday, 4:30 – 6:30, near train station, Adelaide city. #BringThemHere Weekly Vigil.


1) Every Friday from 11:00 until 1:00. Tassie Nannas knit and interact with passers-by in the Elizabeth Mall in Hobart (toward the Liverpool Street end . You don’t need to be a knitter (tuition, wool and needles are available) or a nanna to join us. Further information:

2) Monthly – 5-6pm, first Friday of every month, Honk-a-thon.
Hobart locals raise their voices and horns to highlight the Australian Federal Government’s human rights abuses towards people seeking asylum. Corner Murray and Macquarie streets, Hobart. Amnesty Tasmania Refugee Team.


Bendigo: Monthly – 5.00pm – 5.30pm On the Friday following the second Tuesday of each month. Bendigo Roadside Demonstrations – #CloseTheCamps, #BringThemHere
Corner of Pall Mall and View Street, Bendigo (near the Fountain)

Geelong: Fortnightly on Thursdays (from October) – Geelong. 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Silent Vigil, outside Myer, Lt Malop Street. Geelong Vigil Group.

Melbourne (Coburg): Every Tuesday, 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children weekly vigil. Cnr. Bell St. and Sydney Rd. Coburg.

Melbourne (Box Hill North): Every Thursday 4.15-5.15 pm, Corner of Belmore and Elgar Rds, Box Hill North. Chisholm-Deakin Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children.

Wangaratta: The first Friday of each month, 3.30-4.30 pm (until December), outside Cathy McGowan’s office – 117 Murphy St. Wangaratta.

Warrnambool: Rotating days each week at 11:00 am outside Dan Tehan’s office, 73 Kepler Street, Warrnambool. Contact Love Makes a Way for roster.


Nationwide phone marathon: Every Wednesday. A nationwide phone marathon to tell politicians that Australians want a complete amnesty for all the asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru. Call or email your local MP and the Senators for your state, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

#CantStandBy: 2pm 1st Saturday every month. Choose from 147 pre-planned locations in five capital cities across the country.

Other national events lists

    1. RAR Events Calendar
    2. RCOA News and Events
    3. RCOA Events Calendar