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To: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton

Teachers say close Manus and Nauru, welcome refugees

We call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton to immediately:
- Close Manus Island and Nauru detention centres, and
- Bring all refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru to Australia for processing and resettlement.

Why is this important?

We, the undersigned teachers stand in solidarity with the family camp asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru who have been holding daily protests against their ongoing detention and offshore processing since the 20th of March.
There is no prospect of safety for refugees on Nauru. The mental health crises, sexual abuse, assaults in the community, discrimination and violence at school and permanent insecurity is intolerable and unnecessary for child and adult refugees.
Now it is clear that the detention of refugees on Manus Island is illegal. Amnesty International described Australia's detention camp there as “tantamount to torture”, after visiting the centre in November 2013. All asylum seekers and refugees on Manus can and must be immediately brought to Australia.
The discrimination of the offshore camps is stark; while some asylum seekers have spent 1000 days in detention on Nauru without a refugee determination, others who shared the same boat journey to Australia have been living in the community in Australia for nearly three years. The cost of running the offshore prisons alone could pay for half of the $4.5 billion the Turnbull government won’t spend on the last two years of Gonski.
As teachers we uphold the rights of all children to live in a safe environment, to have access to educational opportunities and not be subject to discrimination. As teachers, we embrace the opportunity to work with refugee students and colleagues, and we know that when given a proper welcome, refugees enrich school communities. We address justice and human rights in our classrooms, and we teach our students to stand up to bullying, abuse and lies.


Reasons for signing

  • Both major parties have policies which transgress international law and treaties to which Australia is signatory.
  • The government's lack of compassion is an embarrassment to Australia
  • Sending asylum seekers to under developed countries for unlimited periods is inhumane. I do not support the major parties stance on off shore detention.

Updates

2016-05-12 19:44:00 +1000

500 signatures reached

2016-05-06 20:17:36 +1000

Hi teachers, are you able to collect petition signatures from your colleagues? Both Labor and Liberal would be unnerved to know that there are thousands of teachers actively opposed to their refugee brutality- and worse still, actively organising against it. Downloadable petition here for staff room distribution: http://rac-vic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/T4Rpetition.pdf - return to l.m.honan@gmail.com

2016-04-30 08:37:43 +1000

100 signatures reached

2016-04-29 19:01:05 +1000

50 signatures reached

2016-04-29 16:24:34 +1000

25 signatures reached

2016-04-29 15:22:31 +1000

10 signatures reached