Right to Refuge
Campaign Resources

About the Campaign

Everyone deserves to live in safety. Every day, ordinary people are on the move to find a place where they can live in peace. People seeking asylum have the right to seek refuge when their safety is threatened.

In many cases, people seeking asylum have had their homes and lives destroyed. Life as they know it has changed forever. As generous people, we can and should do more to help these people. But the Australian Government is choosing not to do this.

While there is growing awareness of the global refugee crisis and the need for an appropriate response from the world community, successive governments including our own have chosen to deliberately deny people’s basic right to freedom and safety.

Our campaign objectives:

  1. Treat all people seeking refuge in Australia with dignity and respect and in accordance with the Refugee Convention
  2. Increase Australia’s intake of people seeking refuge
  3. Increase access to additional visa categories including skilled visas, family reunification and student visas
  4. Increase aid to countries hosting large populations of people who have been forced to flee

Community activism plays a key role in achieving these objectives. You can make a difference by identifying and reaching out to your friends, family, colleagues and other networks to shift the public conversation on the issue. We need a critical mass of people, supporting a better plan for the world’s most vulnerable people to create the change we want to see.

Are you ready to take action?

  1. Download the Right to Refuge toolkit
  2. Attend a Right to Refuge Conversation workshop in your area – Find your workshop here
  3. Create a plan to shift the conversation by mapping your community and networks
  4. Host an event in your community

…and as always, create your own exciting campaigning ideas!! Contact your state Community Campaigner to discuss other ideas and to get your hands on resources.

Downloadable Resources:

Hard copy petition
Handling objections guide
Conversation framework guide
Community mapping tool (great for identifying who you can have targeted conversations with in your community)

Contact your Community Campaigner to get your hands on posters, stickers, badges, pens etc.

Suggested Films & Documentaries

Cast from the Storm (2016)

Directed by David Mason
Trailer

Cast from the Storm tells the tender story of a group of teenage refugees who share their extraordinary stories when they join Treehouse Theatre, an after-school theatre group. A coming of age story, this uplifting documentary shares the reality of what it means to be a teenager and a displaced person. This is the story of what comes after, and what it means to remake your home.

Visit the film website for information about hosting a screening.

Mary Meets Mohammad (2013)

Directed by Heather Kirkpatrick
Trailer

Mary Meets Mohammad follows the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara refugee Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre, as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie.

Visit the film website for information about hosting a screening.