What Can I Do?

  1. Join BRASA and feel like part of a friendly team
  2. Wear a REGUFEES WELCOME (or similar) badge, to show what your stance is.
  3. Start a conversation with friend about the plight of refugees, using the Conversation Framework, (see below)
  4. It is important that you phone email and/or write letters to politicians.  The PM’s office has put someone on to take calls about the situationof refugees in offshore islands.  Call 02/6277 7700 and ask the Prime Minister …….that these people must not be abandoned in Nauru and PNG, and left in  danger where they fear for their safety, and have no means of support. Australia is responsible for their welfare.  They sought our protection but we took them to offshore destinations on the pretext that they were to be detained there temporarily while their claims for refugee status were assessed, but they have been abandoned there indefinitely, in many cases for over 7 years.
(taken from a RAN -Refugee AdvocacyNetwork, flier)

* Remember, if you want to be heard by a politician, you must always be respectful.



Contact Details of Politicians (click here)

The Hon. Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Home Affairs.


Andrew Giles, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Andrew.gilesMP@aph.gov.au

Letters to all of the politicians above:   PO Box 6022, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600

Senator Nick McKim, Greens spokesperson on Refugees (03) 6224 8899 senator.mckim@aph.gov.au GPO Box 896, Hobart TAS 7001
Senator The Hon. Kristina Keneally. Deputy Leader of theOpposition in the Senate.

Please also phone or email your local Federal MP as well – you can google:  Contact Senators and MPs to find their contact details.


#RightTrack, & the Conversation Framework

ASRC, Words that Work. Making the best case for people seeking asylum (click here)

The structured conversation model is based on a values based framework which uses personal narrative to guide a conversation about the human impact of current Government policies on people seeking asylum.  This conversation model has proven to shift attitudes in people who were previously undecided or unaware of these issues.

Here is a short summary of The Conversation Framework:

The Conversation Framework

Stage 1:  SELF.  Start the conversation with an experience or moment that connects you with the issue.  Share how your values influence why you care about this

Stage 2: PROBLEM.  Frame the Problem that you want to share.  Describe how the problem impacts on people, how this contradicts your values and who is responsible for it.

Stage 3: VISION.  Bring people into the conversation by asking open ended questions to connect people’s values to the issue and establish common ground.  Ask questions about how thing can be different to allow people to consider alternatives.

Stage 4: US.  Invite people to take the next step in finding out more to further connect their experiences and values to the issue

Find out more about the #RightTrack Campaign and keep updated  on coming events at https://www.asrc.org.au/campaigns/righttrack

(taken from the ASRC #RightTrack Conversation Workshop notes)