Keep Pontville IDC Open
  • Petitioned Chris Bowen

This petition was delivered to:

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Australia
Chris Bowen

Keep Pontville IDC Open

    1. OOFRAS Inc
    2. Petition by

      OOFRAS Inc

      Australia

Minister Bowen,

This is a request to keep Pontville Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) open.

The initial six months has been marked by positive community engagement and local employment.

There is no inherent need to close Pontville IDC. Furthermore, closing Pontville IDC is a loss to Tasmania:

- 230 Tasmanian's will loose their jobs: a loss to local families
- 400 men lose visitor support if in a remote IDC: a loss to health and sanity 
- 1.3 million lost wages each month: a loss to Tasmanian economy

Then men in Pontville will still be subject to mandatory detention if Pontville IDC closes. That situation warrants attention and change, but can't be addressed within a week.

So this petition is simply aims to do no further harm to those directly affected:

The Tasmanian community is socially and economically enriched through the employment opportunities of Pontville IDC. Don't take this employment away from our regional economy. (Further information about local support here)

Pontville provides proximity for volunteer visitors to support the dignity and humanity of asylum seekers, the majority who are found to need protection and become fellow citizens in due course. Don't take this community engagement away from our friendly state. (Further information about our local community response can be found here)

We petition your confidence and courage to make a decision based on these facts, not fear.

We ask for and support your decision that Pontville IDC to remains open beyond February 2012. Thank you in anticipation.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. The Age applauds community engagement with Pontville IDC

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Tassie may be the economic runt of the country, but we have a big heart.

      Want the fear to disappear? Engaging together doing things; knitting, gardening, maths, making tea, showing pictures, exchanging gifts, learning slang, swapping stories, making craft, drawing pictures.

      http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/pontville-experience-showcases-our-better-natures-20120220-1tirp.html

    2. Pontville is not a political football to use

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      "At a time when jobs are at a premium in Tasmania, for Eric Abetz to be supporting the closure and the resulting job losses is cold hearted to say the least".

      http://www.unionstas.com.au/index.php/mediaitems/media-releases/351-refugee-centre-should-stay

    3. Discussion shouldn't be ruled by political point scoring

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      We are not ruled by political point scoring - we are smarter than this.

      Even discussion about Pontville needs to be about the actual issues, not political point scoring.

      http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3433587.htm

    4. Why Pontville? Because fear evaporates as we engage. Hard to do in a desert

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Dowload the audio to hear Helen Hortle Tasmanian Centre For Global Learning and Gini Ennals from Students Against Racism shed light on our relationship with fear, strangers and a changing community.

      http://blogs.abc.net.au/tasmania/2012/02/what-makes-tasmainans-welcome-asylum-seekers-.html

    5. Pontville fight mounts

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Economic Development Minister David O'Byrne yesterday thanked Cr Foster for leading the campaign and he urged Tasmanians to sign the petition asking Canberra to rethink its policy.

      The petition has more than 500 signatures.

      Mr O'Byrne said the Government supported the centre's continued operation on humanitarian and economic grounds. Read more here:

      http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/02/14/300881_tasmania-news.html

    6. Tasmanian Government call on Chris Bowen to Keep Pontville IDC open!

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      The premier and the minister for economic development join voices to call for Chris Bowen to keep the Pontville Processing Centre OPEN. Read the press release here:

      http://www.media.tas.gov.au/release.php?id=34224

    7. Add Chris Bowen as a Facebook Friend

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Have you added Chris as a Facebook friend yet? Post on his wall and support others doing the same!

      https://www.facebook.com/chrisbowenmp

    8. Mental Health Matters

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Over 80% become our fellow citizens. Why give them a mental illness to start off their new life in Australia when they work hard and redeem the losses imposed by war, persecution and displacement? Read what the mental health services in Tasmania have to say about it here:

      http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/02/13/300601_tasmania-news.html

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. Listen to a radio interview why Hobart's proximity matters

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Listen to the Bishop articulate why Hobart's proximity enables us to welcome and exercise hospitality.

      Excellent interview!!!

      http://ultra106five.com/index.php/ultra106five/interviews/1398/bishop-john-harrower

    11. Church Plea on Pontville

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Bishop Harrower said Mr Bowen had been wise to set a time limit when he first announced the plan to establish a detention centre just outside Hobart.

      He said the time limit gave the Federal Government an out if the centre became an unwanted burden on the community.

      But he said this had proved not to be the case.

      "The minister should now be assured of the level of local community support. It is more than enough to justify amending his original commitment," Bishop Harrower

      http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/02/11/300121_tasmania-news.html

    12. Editorial: Seems crazy to shut down Pontville so soon

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Seems crazy because it is crazy. Invite your friends to view petition, media links, to sign and SHARE!

      We are 50 away from 500 signatures. . .keep em coming Tassie!

      The comments are powerful too. . . keep em coming Tassie!

      http://tools.themercury.com.au/yoursay/comment_all.php

    13. Did you catch Tassie's response to Pontville IDC on JJJ Hack?

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Comment to record your voice and let people know about the petition!

      http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/stories/s3427122.htm

    14. Share your personal petitions!

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Many people and agencies have submitted personal petitions to Chris Bowen (minister) or Tony Foster (mayor) . Sharing yours, like James Dryburgh, in this link helps gives voice to a proud Tasmania!

      http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/weblog/article/asylum-seekers-battle-keep-pontville-open-done-matey-needs-pic-please-get-u/show_comments

    15. Media Release from Bishop

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the media release from the bishop. More signatures is more evidence of a welcoming community - Facebook, Tweet, Email away!

      http://www.anglicantas.org.au/index.php?item=file&target=media_release_10_Feb_2012

    16. Bishop calls for Pontville to stay open

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      The Bishop rightly points out that it's good for Tassie, good for asylum seekers to have community access and care. SHARE the petition!

      http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2012/s3427317.htm

    17. Reached 250 signatures
    18. Pontville will not close without a record of our dissent!

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Bravo to 232 who have already signed. Pontville will not close without a record of our dissent!

      Your comments affirm a Tasmania we can be proud of. Add Chris Bowen as a Facebook friend and copy your comments onto his Facebook wall.

      http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/02/10/299931_tasmania-news.html

    19. Pressure mounts to keep Pontville open

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Pressure to keep Pontville open comes from all sides. . .it's mystifying why we'd want it closed?

      Demand an actual reason for it to close! Share the petition! Let Chris Bowen know!

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-09/pressure-to-keep-pontville-open/3820124?section=tas

    20. Community of lawyers support Pontville IDC remaining open

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      How can Pontville staying open help human rights and opportunities? Responsive access to volunteer visitors, community engagement, trauma counselling. . .and legal representation as in this article published today. Why should citizens pay the increased cost of remote detention centres for more difficult and unfair access? Pontville IDC should stay open.

      http://www.examiner.com.au/news/local/news/politics/lawyers-back-bid-to-retain-pontville/2449083.aspx

    21. Reached 100 signatures
    22. Thanks for 72 signatures in 12 hrs! We need many more. . .

      OOFRAS Inc
      Petition Organizer

      Please share this petition with your networks; Work friends, Twitter, grandma, Facebook friends, folk in email address book. . .Tony Foster (mayor) is encouraging community to rally too!

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-06/20120206-mayor-lobbies-to-keep-detention-centre-open/3813966?section=tas

    23. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kate Allford TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I've worked there for 6 months and really need a job. Plus the Clients are very nice people that need support from Tasmania

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    • Daniel Panek HOBART, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Whether we like it or not, the combined realities of an increasing global population and climate change impacts point to an increase in people seeking refuge in priveleged countries like Australia - being prepared to meet these people in a humane way is the most appropriate thing we can do - and under the circumstances, having a facility like Pontville IDC makes sense. Let's seize this opportunity to make it a positive example of welcoming immigrants to these shores, seeing as how immigrants have made this nation what it is since the first white boat-people arrived in 1788...

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    • dan haley SANDYBAY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      keep the pontville centre open for the refuges and community alike, the community engagement program is working well

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    • Johanna van Heijster WEST HOBART, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I think that the people currently in detention in Pontville need to be able to stay where they in order to strengthen the relationships they have already built up.I also believe that as many people as possible should be placed in the community as indefinite detention causes mental health problems.

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    • Rosalind Terry SANDY BAY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      It has been good to be part of the Tasmanian community supporting these raumatised men!

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