Federation is urging members to join their colleagues and the broader community at a rally at Sydney Town Hall 1pm this Saturday, August 27, to demand the Australian government show leadership by complying with its legal and moral obligations to those seeking asylum.
The rally will start at 1pm and the crowd will later march to Circular Quay via the Papua New Guinea Consulate.
On Saturday, thousands of Australians will be taking a stand against the inhumane regime of mandatory detention and call on our government to close the camps and bring them here at rallies across the country.
Months after Papua New Guinea declared the detention of asylum seekers illegal and the Nauru files were released documenting systematic abuse of men, women and children, we must add our voices to this growing movement for change.
Refugees cannot be permanently settled on Nauru or in Papua New Guinea and with no third country arrangements they need to be brought to Australia immediately.
Speakers at the rally will include:
- Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Morey
- whistle-blower from Manus Island detention centre, Nicole Judge
- critic of asylum seeker policy, Father Rod Bower from Gosford Anglican Church.
Let’s take action to ensure that those legally seeking asylum from persecution in their homelands have the opportunity to settle in Australia, to try to heal their wounds and look forward to a future of hope and peace.
Federation knows public school and TAFE communities await them with open arms.