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Post Election letter suggestions – June 2019 
Download and tweak to suit your need

  1. Letter to Coalition MPs and Senators
  2. Letter to ALP MPs and Senators

Tips on Writing Letters to Politicians – click here

Printable Postcards here

Engage Hearts & Minds: A Toolkit for Refugee Action: from CAPSA: Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum  Toolkit for Refugee Action

Guidelines for Writing to Politicians
Sara Haghdoosti, an Iranian-Australian campaigner, has created a five-step messaging guide for communicators and campaigners in non-profit organisations who want to talk about Christchurch terrorist attack. A full PDF version of the guide can be found here.

Election 2019


Presentations from ARAN Conference 2018

  1. Attracting Media to your actions – Wes Cusworth
  2. CASPA – Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum – Glenn Jessop
  3. Creative Activism Workshop – Nicola Paris, CounterAct
  4. Establishing and Building Activist Groups – Jan Govett, RAR
  5. Lobbying & letter writing workshop – Linda Cusworth
  6. Meeting with MPs – Linda Cusworth
  7. Planning for Palm Sunday Walk – Kerry Phillips
  8. Social Media Digital Activists – Mums4Refugees
  9. Tips for Writing Letters to Newspapers -Linda Cusworth
  10. Tips for Writing to Politicians -Linda Cusworth
  11. Tools for the Campaign Planning Toolkit – Samuel Dariol

Articles and Essays:

Refugee status determination in AustraliaKaldor Centre – UNSW Sydney

Essay:  “19 July 2013” – Five Years Have Passed – Tanya McIntyre, DASSAN
Print version (pdf with footnotes) here


Posters, flyers, infographics and images

Resources for vigils and protests for death of Salim on Manus Island:
List of 11 deaths on Manus and Nauru here
Photo of Salim at right (click on it for a larger version) or download from this link

Posters: Don’t abandon Naseem and Imran in PNG

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Video, films and audio

Bring Hope to Refugees – Love Makes A Way Powerpoint Slideshow
The Norwesterlies  first video clip called ‘Five Years

Five Years is dedicated to the men, women and kids who have endured Australia’s hellish refugee detention regime for way too long (for many it’s close to six years) …
hope it becomes irrelevant soon.
The Norwesterlies
ARAN is happy to share Moz’s song – The Birds, by Moz with Ruth Mundy

The Merger – preview –

Poetic and hypnotic, Island of the Hungry Ghosts presents a unique and moving meditation on politics, people and primeval nature. As trauma therapist Poh Lin gently coaxes detainees to tell their stories, Christmas Island’s willing residents perform “hungry ghost” rituals for spirits whose lack of proper burial has doomed them to wander its jungles for eternity; meanwhile, the crabs march across the land in their millions, in an endless cycle that repeats every year.

Border Politics – This film by Julian Burnside brings a sense that Australia is not being true to its image of itself.  This contemporary story is about the threat to human rights, the loss of democratic values and our increasingly heartless treatment of ‘the other’.

Stop the Boats – Stop the Boats tells the story of how Australia used a three word slogan to demonise people seeking asylum fleeing war and persecution, condemning them to indefinite offshore detention and torture in prison camps on Manus Islsand  and Nauru. The stories of the experience of asylum seeking are told by asylum seekers including children from within detention centres, secretly filmed in Nauru and Manus.

Manus Island: Australia abandons refugees to a life of despair.
YouTube: Added by Amnesty International Australia, 31 January 2018
Amnesty International researcher Kate Schuetze speaks with ABCNews24 about Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum.

The Truth About Manus Island
YouTube: Added by Studio 10, 19 November 2017
Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, Hugh de Kretser, speaks with us about the crisis on Manus Island.

Don’t take them – warning from a former Manus Is guard: RNZ Checkpoint
YouTube: Added by RNZ, 13 November 2017
A New Zealand man who worked at the Manus Island refugee detention facility is warning the government against taking any refugees, saying the ones still at the centre are dangerous men.

UNHCR Urges Humane Approach on Manus Island, 10 November 2017

Explosive footage from inside the Manus Island detention camp. (Recorded by GetUp – Nov 2017)

Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time trailer, co-directed by Behrouz Boochani and Arash Kamali Sarvestani

Refugee Film Festival 2017 films

The Forgotten Children: Four Corners visits Nauru
YouTube: Added by ABC News (Australia), 17 October 2016
There are 755 refugees on Nauru and 128 of them are children. Both the Nauruan and Australian governments say they want the refugees moved on from Nauru, but they have been unable to reach agreements on where else they could be sent. While that stalemate continues, many of these children are struggling to hang on to hope.

How Different Are We Flashmob 2016
YouTube: Added by How Different Are We, 16 July 2016
A dance flashmob to raise awareness about the treatment of people who are asking for safety and protection. Celebrated on Nelson Mandela Day in Federation Square, Melbourne, the dancers question what Nelson Mandela might think about Australia’s current policy of detaining vulnerable people indefinitely.

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Voices of People with Lived Experience

Radio program: “Why I settled in Tasmania”, Hobart FM, Broadcasting 22 July – 2 September 2017, every Saturday from 10am – 11am at Hobart FM 96.1-92.1 FM.
Access through: Hobart FM More info at Multicultural Council of Tasmania

‘All The Same’ – Moz, Added 29 August 2017
YouTube: Asylum Seeker ‘Moz’ releases song recorded in Manus Island detention centre August 30, 2017. ‘All the Same’ produced by O’Brien, Skov & Pilkington @Audrey Studios

Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island” Documentary by Lukas Schrank
YouTube: Added by the CGBros, 9 September 2016
**Award Winning** CGI 2D/3D Documentary. Check out this award winning CGI Animated documentary…An animated short film, narrated by two asylum-seeking men detained in Australia’s Manus Island Offshore Processing Centre, recounting the dangerous journeys that brought them to the island and their memories of the riot that erupted in 2014.

15 years in a refugee camp. How did I learn? Tulsa Gautam at TEDxJCUCairns
YouTube: Added by TEDx Talks, 7 December 2015
After her parents fled religious persecution in Bhutan, Tulsa was born and spent the first 15 years of her life living in the refugee camp in Nepal. This experience fueled her passion for helping others and for education. Tulsa has an inspiring story of overcoming obstacles to achieve your dreams.

Being a refugee is not a choice Carina Hoang at TEDxPerth
YouTube: Added by TEDx Talks, 15 January 2014
Refugees are often marginalised, their humanity ignored as their stories go untold. In this remarkable and emotional talk, however, author and former refugee Carina Hoang discusses her experience as a “boat person”. It’s a powerful account that is impossible to ignore.

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