THOUSANDS TO RALLY: KIDS OFF, EVERYONE OFF; CLOSE MANUS AND NAURU
Thousands of people are expected to rally in Sydney and Melbourne tomorrow (details below), Saturday, 27 October 2PM, to call for an end to the refugee crisis on Nauru and Manus Island; for all children and their families to immediately be brought to Australia; for separated families to be re-united and for all asylum seekers and refugees to be evacuated from Nauru and Manus Island.
At least one more family with four children was flown from Nauru to Australia today, as the medical crisis continues to engulf medical services on the island. Refugees are being turned away from the RON hospital.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has so far refused to give a timeline to get all children and their families off Nauru, but the pressure is increasing by the day. Labor could help end the crisis by backing Andrew Wilkie’s Nauru bill and voting to bring the children and their families to Australia.
With Labor’s backing and dissident Liberal MP’s support, Parliament could override Morrison’s opposition and vote to bring the children and re-unite the separated families.
“Labor must stop dragging out the crisis,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “By backing Wilkie’s bill, there would be real pressure on Scott Morrison. There will be no end to the crisis on Nauru and Manus Island until all refugees and asylum seekers are off the islands and brought to Australia.”
Melbourne rally: 2PM, Saturday , 27 October, State Library, Swanston Street
Sydney rally, Saturday, 27 October, 2pm, Hyde Park, Speakers include: George Newhouse, principal solicitor National Justice Project; Father Rod Bower, Anglican Gosford Parish priest; Nicole Judge, Manus and Nauru whistleblower, recently returned from visiting Manus Island; Najeeba Wazefadost, Afghan refugee, president Hazara Women of Australia; Cailtin Doyle-Markwick, Refugee Action Coalition
Two singers, Malaika Green, and Jasmine Crittenden will perform at the start of the Sydney rally.