Sydney, September 14, 2019: This was a different sort of refugee rights march because it was significantly made up of refugees who have been living and working in our society – for up to eight years – without the basic rights most Australians take for granted. The march demanded that refugees be given Permanent Protection Visas not Temporary Protection Visas, which offered them little security and made it difficult for refugee families to resettle in Australia.
Change the rules for refugees
About 100 people attended a forum on April 23 with the theme: "Change the rules for refugees".
The forum, organised by the Refugee Action Collective (RAC), aimed to show the links between the struggles for union rights and refugee rights.
Chairperson Lucy Honan, a member of RAC and the Australian Education Union, said that unionists and refugees are under attack by the same Coalition government. She noted that many refugees are themselves workers.