Peter Dutton: I was violated, beaten & tortured - please let me be free!
I’d rather kill myself than return to Iran - to the hell where my stepfather took my innocence by force. But unless Immigration Minister Peter Dutton urgently intervenes by exercising his discretion and allowing me to apply for a partner visa while in Australia, I’ll spend a life in limbo with the never-ending threat of indefinite detention in Australia or forced return to Iran. My life’s been rebuilt in Brisbane. I went to high-school here, made incredible friends and married a beautiful man. But in just a matter of days my bridging visa expires, and unless Minister Dutton allows me to apply for permanent residency, I could be forced back into detention or worse, to Iran. 5 years ago I escaped Iran to Australia after being violated by my stepfather and then by the brother of a friend whose house I escaped to. I was due to be a child bride to a 60-year-old man to “clean up my name”. Mum begged me to flee the country. So I came to Australia where I learnt about what safety, friendship, education and love really is. Last night my fight for freedom featured on the ABC’s Australian Story. But in a week, I could be given two horrific options: return to detention indefinitely or return to Iran where I’ll risk torture, even death. In all honesty, I would rather die in Australia near to my husband and friends than return to Iran. I’m crying as I write this. I’m thinking about my dream: to be a midwife and start a family. I’m working in retail and saving that money to pay for further education in health science. Please. Ask the government to show some compassion. Sign and share my petition to help me live my new life here, so I can help deliver new lives for you.
Bring Priya and her beautiful family back home to Biloela, Queensland
Priya, Nades and their beautiful little daughters are valuable members of the close-knit rural community of Biloela, in Central Queensland. They have lived here for over three years and are a caring, hardworking family. A few days ago, this peaceful family were going about their early morning routine. Nades was getting ready to go to his job at the local meatworks and Priya was warming a bottle for the baby. At 5am, their home was stormed by armed police and Border Force officers. Their seven month old baby and two and a half year old daughters were ripped from their beds. Priya and Nades were told they were being taken to a Melbourne detention centre and given ten minutes to pack up their lives. Priya and Nades were put into separate vans, driven to Gladstone Airport and flown to a detention centre in Melbourne. Border Force officers told them that if they didn’t sign “voluntary” deportation documents, they would be denied access to a phone, separated and forced back to Sri Lanka. They begged to be returned to Biloela. But after two days of pressure, they gave in and signed the documents. This beautiful, gentle family is now being held in a single room by three armed guards. Priya and Nades were settled in Biloela after fleeing torture and suffering in Sri Lanka. Despite the advice of human right organisations on the ground, our current Government has decided that Sri Lanka is now safe. This is why they are trying to force Priya, Nades and their two beautiful young children back to Sri Lanka. The life awaiting this family in Sri Lanka is uncertain. In a country that represses Tamil people, and where child brides and child sex trafficking exist, the future of Priya, Nades and their two beautiful daughters is grim. Our community is not ready to let this family go. They love living and contributing to our society. We want them here. Mr Dutton, please return this family to Biloela, their home, where they are wanted and welcome
DO NOT "DIS"MISS THE "ABILITY" IN THE DISABILITY, PLEASE LET MY AUTISTIC SISTER STAY!
My aged mother (80 years) FLORENCE ALLEN and my autistic sister (50 years) SHERYIL ALLEN have been living in Melbourne since February 2012. My three brothers and myself along with our spouses and children are responsible, lawful Australian citizens, some of us since 1991. Since my father’s passing, my mother and autistic sister lived in India with my youngest brother up and until he migrated to Australia in 2012. As the entire family lives in Melbourne, I applied for permanent residency for my aged mother and autistic sister. This would enable us to care for our mother and sister. We also have extensive family of Uncle, Aunts, cousins and community groups who have always provided support. All my brothers and myself, including our spouses have substantial jobs and contribute to the Australian economy. Given the fact that we could fund the living expenses, day centre fees and medical insurance for our aged mother and autistic sister I applied to sponsor them for their permanent residency in Australia. The application was progressively rejected and eventually was referred to the Hon Minister Peter Dutton, Minister of Immigration and Border Protection for Ministerial Intervention on compassionate grounds. On 30 August 2017 we were sadly informed that the Assistant Minister decided that it would not be in public interest to intervene. Returning to India would mean my Mum has no relatives who would be capable of caring for her and my autistic sister on a long term basis. My autistic sister will require to be institutionalised. This would cause her great trauma, despair and inconsolable grief as she has never lived a life without her family and has no understanding of any other language other than English (being the language always spoken at home even in India). Hon Mr Dutton, my autistic sister is 50 years old and comes with absolutely no cost to the government. She has been attending a day centre in Melbourne, the fees of which were fully funded by the family. We are so glad Sheryil has the opportunity to enjoy the humanitarian concept Australia adopts of engaging disability within the community enabling mainstream society see ‘perfection’ in the imperfection. Well done Australia! My autistic sister has very simple needs which the family can easily provide. A walk in the park, a drive down the countryside, playing with her dolls and most importantly to be surrounded by her family. She loves her nieces and nephews immensely. Having an autistic aunt in our children’s midst has etched their characters enabling them to be true value driven Australian citizens. My autistic sister is a true blessing in our lives and in her own way wants the family and society to be happy and live a life with no judgement. Please, please Hon. Mr. Dutton do not judge her based on her disability. We will be forever grateful if you just consider her case a without the disability lens and give her permanent residency without access to disability benefits. As for my Mother she is 80 years old. God willing she may have another decade on earth. Her life has been immensely hard, besides raising an autistic daughter, she lost a young son of 24 years to cancer and my Dad passed away quite soon to a heart condition. My three brothers and I along with our spouses and children, want our Mother to just have few of life’s simple and natural pleasures as she ages...like the joy of grandchildren, the love and care of children,time to relax and to eventually be content knowing that her autistic daughter is being safely cared for in the hands of none other than her children. This will not be possible if my Mother has to leave this beautiful country as all her children and grandchildren are in Australia. The failure to recognise unity and care of a family that has considered disability as blessing is likely to result in serious irreversible harm and continuing hardship, not only to my Mum and my sister but also to our Australian family unit. Please sign and plead with the Honourable Minister Mr. Peter Dutton to let my aged mother and autistic sister stay on compassionate grounds.
Peter Dutton: don't tear me away from my three young children
I am an Irish born citizen and I've been living here in Australia for 10 years, married to my Australian wife for 8 of those years. I'm a tradesman and she is a retired paramedic. We have 3 beautiful Australian born children under 6 years old, and two of our kids have special needs. Our four year old is autistic, and it's vital she has routine and stability in her life. Because of an issue with my paperwork (one of my forms apparently went missing during my spouse visa application), Peter Dutton now wants to send me back to Ireland while I resubmit my claim. There is no sense to forcing three young children to be without their father for up to 18 months simply because of a bureaucratic blunder. I put my children to sleep every night, and climb back into their beds in the morning to wake them up. They don't deserve to have their dad taken away from them. My wife and myself have no criminal history and are upstanding members of our community. We pay a mortgage, which comes from my sole income as a site manager. My wife's 74 year old mother also lives with us. If I'm forced out of the country to re-submit my application, my family will be without an income. The bank could repossess our home. And what's worse, the mental and spiritual effect on our children will be catastrophic , especially for our Autistic child whose basic growth and stability is corner stoned on having her Daddy at home every day. Please help my family. Please call on Peter Dutton to have compassion and let me stay in Australia while his department re-processes my forms.
Minister Dutton: Save the Right African Refugees
There is a genocide in the making in South Africa. Farmers, workers and their families are systematically dispossessed of their land and livelihood. In the process they are beaten, raped and murdered. The so-called Rainbow State is returning to tribal warfare and open violence against indigenous Afrikaners and families whose ancestors settled and cultivated the land centuries ago. Australia has generously welcomed refugees from across Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Some were genuine, good people who came to learn, integrate and contribute. Others brought us crime, violence, a hostile ideology and systematic welfare abuse. We believe that over the last decades, we have resettled our fair share from developing and Islamic countries. Now is the time we take in the right refugees: Persecuted South African and former Rhodesian farmers, workers and their families are in urgent need of help. They have no future under tribal rule. These farmers and workers are proud and hardworking people, used to stand on their own feet. They speak our language, respect the same values and share our culture. They simply need a fair go to get back on their feet. This is why we ask Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to ensure that for the 2018/19 budget year, our federal government reserves 80% of available refugee visa places for South African and former Rhodesian farmers, workers and their families. At ALA we stand for a zero net immigration program and helping displaced people close to their homelands. However, if we take in refugees for permanent resettlement, let's give a hand to the right people. PETITION TEXT: We, the undersigned citizens and residents of Australia, ask the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, to ensure that for the 2018/19 budget year, our federal government reserves 80% of available refugee visa places for South African and former Rhodesian farmers, workers and their families. We further ask that travel loans be made available by the federal government to those South African refugees, who had their assets stolen or seized by corrupt officials and cannot afford passage to Australia.
Peter Dutton: Please don't tear my family apart
THIS IS EVERY MUM’S WORST NIGHTMARE In just a few days, the Australian government will tear me and my son apart -- I cannot imagine having to say goodbye to him. He’s only 8. He’s been with me his whole life after his dad and I ended our relationship. His two older sisters will be devastated as well if we have to leave Australia. My boy cries himself to sleep every night and having nightmares, knowing we will soon be leaving him behind. I have lived in Australia for 11 years, work as an Assistant Nurse in an Aged Care facility, pay my taxes, comply with all Immigration’s conditions/law, but my application for permanent residency has only just been rejected after 3 years of waiting the result from the office of the Minister. Now, I and my daughters are forced to leave the country. My Australian-born son can’t come with me because his father is Australian and has partial custody and care arrangement. The Family Court of Australia has ruled out that I will be his PRIMARY CARER due to domestic violence issues. I have raised him for 8 years and I love him more than words could say. Please, I’m begging Minister Peter Dutton to let me and my son stay together. PLEASE DON’T TAKE MY SON AWAY FROM ME.
A refugee left on Nauru to die: Bring Ali* to Australia to die with dignity & comfort NOW
Ali* is dying in pain and fear, far from home and without hope – and Australia put him there. Ali is 63 years old and not expected to live many more months. He is also a member of the persecuted Hazaran minority and has been formally recognised as a refugee, but today he is lying on a bed in an Australian detention centre on Nauru in pain and discomfort dying from lung cancer. He has one incredibly simple request: to come to Australia and receive some relief from the pain and die with some dignity and comfort. Despite being told by doctors that Nauru has no way to support Ali to have a dignified and pain free death, and despite having been found to be a refugee, the Australian Border Force has refused to bring Ali to Australia to spend his final days receiving proper palliative care. It’s no secret that Nauru and Manus Island's refugee and medical services are woefully inadequate. On Nauru the medical facilities on offer to refugees like Ali are completely ill equipped to care for someone requiring around-the-clock palliative care. But despite this, the Australian Government is still refusing Ali proper, humane, end-of-life care in Australia. In an obscene and cynical gesture, Australian Border Force offered Ali $25,000 to return to his home country, a place where he has a very real risk of being persecuted. So, not only is the Government refusing adequate medical care, but they are trying to convince a genuine refugee with end-stage cancer to return to the country he fled, a place where he faces certain danger. This is a new low even for the Turnbull government. It is also in breach of Australia’s legal obligations to protect refugees. We're calling on the Australian Government to bring Ali to Australia to receive proper, palliative care. Ali has no one to speak out for him except you and I. We can’t let him die alone and in pain. You can help us by signing this petition. He has asked to come to Australia to have the care he needs with folks from his community close by to hold his hand and walk this final mile with him. It is a small enough mercy that he asks for even from a cold and brutal country like ours. Cancer is a universal truth for many - so many of us have lost our family and friends to this incurable disease. As anyone who has watched it take over a person, it’s a horrific burden even with the most sophisticated treatments. Without proper medical treatment, the pain Ali is experiencing is unimaginable. Bring Ali to Australia now. - Julie Macken and Luisa Low, Australian Women in Support of Women on Nauru Read more here. *Ali is a patronym, his full name is withheld to protect his family.
OUR RAPISTS NEED TO LEAVE
My name is Tegan Wagner. In 2002, I was subjected to the most horrifying experience a woman can endure, gang-raped over and over again by four Pakistani brothers, scared they would stab me to death if I did not submit. They were jailed for many years and today, one of my rapists walks free. He arrived in Australia from Pakistan in 2000 and was raping teenage girls within two years but because he was given citizenship before he was caught, our laws mean he gets to stay here. I do not want this man and his brothers to live in our beautiful country. They do not deserve it. The law needs to change. How can these men commit such terrible acts and be allowed to stay if they had only lived in Australia for two years? Their only contributions here are as rapists and living off the taxpayer in jail for their awful crimes against me and others who suffer to this day. Please sign this petition. Please send a strong message to our government and immigration Minister Peter Dutton that people who commit acts of violence and terrorise our community so soon after gaining citizenship forfeit the right to remain Australian citizens. Surely, this is what every Australian wants? Thank you. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- My name is Y. I cannot reveal my real name. My daughter still lives with the emotional devastation of what four Pakistani brothers did to her so many years ago. She has tried to hurt herself on numerous occasions and even tried to kill herself. These men destroyed her life and because of it, have destroyed mine. They stole my girl from me. I beg you to sign this petition for our federal government to change the law which protects foreigners who come here and commit awful crimes as new “Australians” but does not protect me, my daughter Tegan or those real Australians who respect our values. It might be too late to have the animals who attacked my daughter sent away, but maybe we can stand up for future victims. Please sign. Thank you.
Save this beautiful family from being torn apart
Please take a moment to read and sign this petition because it might actually help us. Cant you judge a family on how they contribute to the society and not on the mistakes their agent made on paper? Aren't kids taught that its okay to make a mistake and learn from it? why cant we get a second chance to fix our mistakes? why cant we get a fare chance to live and grow up as happy as all the other Australians. My grandmother and Aunt are both Australian citizens. My grandmother has many health issues and lives with us because without us she has nowhere to go and no one to look after her. my Aunt is no able to take care of my grandma as she lives in Perth and has two babies that she needs to look after. Hi, My name is Rahma Aldeiri. Over two years ago. I started this petition because we were give a notice of deportation because our case was rejected by Mr. Peter Dutton. I decided to reopen this petition after being rejected once again, but this time by the federal court. We need urgent help, please, we need as many people to help. Me and my siblings have been growing up in Australia, when we came to Australia legally after facing many issues in our country. When we came, my sisters where in kindergarten and i was in year 4. I am now 15 years old and in year 10 and just got my first job and my sisters are 12 years old and in year 6. My siblings and I are very good in school, we achieve outstanding marks and are always above average. one of my younger sisters passed her selective exam for year 7 but cannot attend a selective school because we are not Australian citizens or permanent residents. We came in September 2011 and we have been here for almost exactly 7 years. That seven years of almost all of our childhood here, growing up in a beautiful and happy country being supported by so many good people. My family has never done anything wrong to deserve this, both of my parents are working and paying Tax, my mother works at a primary school and my dad is a carpet layer, they contribute positively to the society and we do not rely on any funding. I believe, not think, that my family deserves to stay in Australia to help build the society into a better place. i want to understand why Australia is letting the wrong people stay but not us. we aren't harming anyone, as you can see from the amount of supporters, even strangers than have decided to help us even though they don't know us but can tell that we are not trying to harm anybody, we are just trying to live our lives normally, happily and safely like every other Australian family. Thank you for taking the time to read this we really appreciate it.
Malcolm Turnbull, please allow Fariborz's family to bring his body to Australia
The body of Fariborz, a 26 year old Iranian asylum seeker who took his own life, is being held on Nauru against his family's wishes. Despite a history of torture, trauma and threats of execution as a child in Iran, the Australian Government held him in detention on Nauru for years. After months of begging the Australian government for help, Fariborz Karami lost all hope and two weeks ago he took his own life in a mouldy old tent on Nauru. His mother, wife and twelve year old brother have been left behind to find what comfort they can in at least giving their beautiful, son, brother and husband a decent, dignified burial.Known as being athletic, upbeat, and a born leader, Fariborz’s death has come at a shock to the refugee and asylum seeker community held in detention on Nauru. Many are now wondering, "If detention could beat someone as strong as Fariborz, what does this mean for us?"But just as Fariborz's cries for help were ignored, so too are the pleas for compassion and understanding from his mum. She is desperate to have Fariborz’s body buried in Australia where he has family that can tend to his body with the care and respect he needs. They do not want him buried forever on the island that has become hell for them. It's been more than two weeks since Fariborz Karami died on Nauru, yet the Australian Border Force has made no arrangements to meet his family’s request that his body be buried in Australia.This family has already been through enough heartache -- for pity's sake, bury Fariborz in Australia and give his family some peace, Mr Turnbull. The Iranian community on Nauru is trying to support the little family by circulating a petition calling for the Turnbull government to respect the family’s wishes and make immediate arrangements for Fariborz’s body to be brought to Australia. Over 200 refugees and asylum seekers have signed the petition that is circulating in all of Nauru's refugee camps. Can you add your name to this and demand he be brought to Australia for burial? The complete lack of concern from the Turnbull government for the wishes of the family is causing anguish and distress for the family and the whole community on Nauru. Are we really such a vicious and mean-spirited country that we would force this poor family through the ordeal of burying its son and brother in a place that held such despair for him? This is the one last thing we can do now for Fariborz - will you join 200 refugees demanding that he is given a dignified burial in Australia? In solidarity, Luisa Low and Julie Macken