- Minister for Home Affairs
- Minister for Home Affairs
Bring Priya and her beautiful family back home to Biloela, Queensland
As many of you will have seen, just over one week ago Priya, Nades, and their two daughters were separated by guards, bundled into vans, and forced onto a Skytraders plane bound for Sri Lanka. At 11pm, Priya was violently carried onto the plane (where her children and husband were already locked) from a van on the tarmac. The plane taxied down the runway, and we thought this was the end. On the ground, the protesters at the airport sobbed in each others arms. Then, ten minutes later, we got word that a federal court judge intervened after they had taken off and granted an emergency injunction while the plane was still in Australian air space, forcing it to land in Darwin. The family were removed from the plane and are currently in accommodation in Darwin. Then, in the middle of the night the family was transported to Christmas Island. They are the only detainees on the island. Now, the federal court granted an injunction until September 18 so that 2-year-old Tharanicaa’s claim to asylum can be re-considered. The Ministers have the power to step in and let them stay. They could end all this today. Protesting the family’s departure has afforded us a few days to pressure the Home Affairs Minister to intervene and let this family return to their community in Biloela. This family’s fight is now a national priority. Read on for the full story. ************************************ 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.One day, 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
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.
Please let our 3-year-old son stay in Australia!
We are a happy and settled family living in Seymour, Victoria. Our son Darragh was born in Australia on 18 August 2015. Australia is the only home our son knows. On 3 August 2015 we applied for our family to become permanent residents of Australia. A few weeks later our son was born and soon after he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Our family’s application for permanent residency was then refused by the Australian Department of Home Affairs because they assessed him as having a condition which make him a burden on the Australian community. Despite appealing the decision to the Administrative Review Tribunal, the Tribunal does not have the power to overturn the health assessment and as such unless the Hon David Coleman MP or Hon Peter Dutton MP can help us, we will be forced to leave our friends, family, and the life we have built for ourselves in Australia. The Administrative Review Tribunal has made a recommendation for our case to be referred to the minister. Darragh has been doing extremely well considering his condition, and we have positive letters from his doctors and specialist stating that he should live a full life and that his disease progression will be much slower than average. His condition has no effect on his cognitive ability and should he wish to finish school and go to University, he has every chance at being successful in a career path of his choosing. Darragh is a bright boy with a positive future ahead of him. We have always felt extremely grateful to live in Australia. I studied here gaining my Masters in Special Education. I have worked full-time as a school teacher and now as an Acting Assistant Principal and my husband works part-time as a bus driver and also volunteer for SES. We have been living in Australia for almost 10 years and have a strong support network here with our friends and family and we are well settled in regional Victoria. Darragh has the support of his inherited Australian family, our large support network in Seymour and the wider Australian community. By signing this petition, you are showing your support for Darragh and his life in Australia and you believe that he should be allowed to stay in Australia and have the opportunity to contribute to our community. Please sign and help us ask the Minister to let our son stay in Australia.
No Violent Extremism. Gavin McInnes Should Not be Allowed into Australia
Gavin McInnes is coming to Australia on a "comedy tour". Gavin McInnes is no “provocateur". He is not a comedian. This is not satire. It is not about free speech. He is dangerous and should not be allowed in Australia. McInnes is an alt-right leader and founder of the far-right “gang” (his description), the Proud Boys. In a video describing Proud Boys, McInnes says: “We will kill you, that is the Proud boys in a nutshell. We will kill you. We look nice, we seem soft, we have “boys” in our name but... we will assassinate you.” McInnes has also said: “Fighting solves everything. We need more violence from the Trump people, Trump supporters. Choke a m*therf**ker. Choke a b**ch. Choke a tr**ny. Get your fingers around a windpipe.” “Beating the sh*t out of people? I think it's our job to do it and the cops turn a blind eye.” “I want violence." McInnes’ "gang" is true to their own description: they have serially engaged in street violence since they began in 2016, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has listed the Proud Boys as a hate group. I arrived in Australia as a refugee in 2005. I was born in a refugee camp and spent some of my childhood in another refugee camp. I am passionate about social justice and a fairer society. I have found safety and security in Australia. It is my home, the only place I have ever felt safe. The thought of Gavin McInnes coming to this country to spread hate is extremely concerning. The fact that his hate speech is often accompanied by violence which is extremely concerning. A man who encourages violence, who formed a gang labelled a hate group and that serially engages in violence should not be allowed into Australia. We should not allow Australia to become the last hope of such a group. I believe any Australians who care about a fair and just society should not accept this as the norm. We should make it clear that: No, Australia is not the last hope for a violent extremist. Please join my call by signing and sharing this petition, and send a message: Gavin McInnes is not welcome here. Australia is not, and will not be, the last hope for this violent extremist.
Make the Great Barrier Reef an Australian citizen and protect her right to live.
You may not know it, but the world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, has been looking out for you your entire life. She’s been protecting your coastlines, preventing tidal waves & tropical storms from washing away your cities. She’s regulating the carbon dioxide levels of the ocean to combat climate change and keep your air and beaches clean. She’s created a nursery to more than 10% of the planet’s fish species, helping to maintain the world’s fish populations. She’s even contributing to the Australian economy by generating $6.4 billion every year, supporting over 64,000 jobs and holding a modest net worth of $56 billion. (That’s about twice the worth of Aussie bazillionaire, Rupert Murdoch). But despite her massive contribution to Australia, she’s still denied the one basic right of every Australian citizen – the right to live. Coal mining, greenhouse gas emissions, the continued growth of the fossil fuel industry and lack of action against climate change are all threatening the life of the Great Barrier Reef. In fact, more than half of the shallow water corals of the GBR have been bleached to death since 2016 – all due to increasing ocean temperatures that force her to starve herself. And with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approving the dumping of more than 1 million tonnes of dredge spoil within the marine park boundaries, things aren't looking to improve. (https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-dumping-of-1-million-tonnes-of-dredge-sludge-onto-australia-s-great-barrier-reef) But not all is lost. We at LADBible Australia have a plan. On May 8, 2019 (Australia’s unofficial day to be thankful for your Aussie mates) we contacted the Australian Department of Home Affairs to make the living, breathing Great Barrier Reef, an Aussie citizen. WHY WOULD WE DO THAT? Well, by making the Great Barrier Reef an Australian citizen she’ll then be protected by FOUR key Australian rights and freedoms: Article 12.3 The right to the highest attainable standard of physical health. Article 7.1 Freedom from torture or inhuman treatment and punishment. Article 1.2 The right to maintain your own means of subsistence. Article 6.1 The right to life. Put simply, if we recognise her contribution to Australia and rightfully make her an Aussie citizen, then the Australian government is obliged to make decisions in the interest of her health and safety (and in turn take real action against the one thing that’s really killing her – Climate Change!) BUT YOU CAN’T MAKE A REEF A CITIZEN, CAN YOU? SURE, YOU CAN: To become an Australian Citizen you simply need to tick the following boxes: 1) Be a permanent resident ✔ (She’s permanently residing across 344,400 sqm of Australia) 2) Be in Australia when a decision is made ✔ (She’s certainly not taking any holidays abroad) 3) Have spent time in Australia and know about the country ✔ (How does 500,000+ years and literally being a good chunk of the country sound?) 4) Intend to stay in Australia or maintain a lasting link ✔ (Links don’t get much more lasting than this) But seeing as we don’t have the power to grant her citizenship on our own (as much as we’d like to), we’re calling for power in numbers. More specifically your numbers. Every vote of support you contribute will directly notify the Australian Government, to let them know we are a unified voice who believe this living, breathing Aussie icon, should become a living, breathing Aussie citizen. So join us and let's help get the Great Barrier Reef her citizenship to give her the same rights that every living being on this planet deserves – the right to life.
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.
Stop Deportation of Hard-working Single Mother and Aussie Boy.
I came to Australia from Vietnam in 2009 with my boy, Billy, when he was just a baby. I tailored my studies to fit the needs of Australian society so I could contribute my skills to the community. I studied early childhood education and moved to a regional area to fill the shortfall of childcare workers in the region. Unfortunately, this is where my problems began - an outdated, and now amended rule stopped regional workers with Hepatitis B from applying for permanent residence. Little Billy has grown up an Aussie through and through. He doesn’t speak Vietnamese. This is the only life he has ever known. Now we are being deported from the country we call home. I am very concerned about Billy’s future. There are no provisions in the Vietnamese education system to support native English speakers. My son deserves to grow up as an Australian because that is who he is. I arrived in Australia with dreams of being part of a fair country where hard work is rewarded. I have invested over a decade in Australia, working extremely hard and immersing myself in the Australian community. Yet, my case was dismissed by the ministers’ office, despite positive recommendations from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and over 50 personal letters of community support! This is the most frustrating part of our ordeal: as of July 1, the government has changed immigration health rules for migrants with medical conditions. This transforms the way a visa applicant’s potential burden on the health system would be calculated. If I applied today, my condition would be assessed differently. Sadly, this change has come too late for me and my son and they refuse to re-open my case. The immigration minister still has the power to intervene. David Coleman can save Billy from being deported to a country he doesn’t know, filled with people speaking a language he won’t understand. With less than a month until we are deported, I feel like Billy and I are vulnerable birds. Australia is our nest, our home, our shelter. Let us stay where we belong. Please help me and my son by signing and sharing this petition. You can see my interview with Studio10 here. Thank you, Sidney