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. Attend Refugee Rallies to help keep the issue alive among the general public
  4. Start a conversation with friend about the plight of refugees, using the Conversation Framework, (see below).
  5. Consider hosting an asylum seeker in your home through HOMESHARE Melbourne.  This gives a unique opportunity to live with, and experience another person’s culture, and at the same time you will be adding to their wellbeing by providing a stable base, and advice on how life works in Australia.
  6. 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 Manus Island Situation.  Call 02/6277 7700 and ask the Prime Minister …….that these people must not be abandoned in the 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 turned them away.  It’s time to end the cruelty……
(taken from a RAN -Refugee AdvocacyNetwork, flier)

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

” Hey all, I just called (the Prime Minister) to register my concern about Manus Island. They’ve got a whole registry going and it took me only 20 seconds. If you haven’t already, I called 02 6277 7700, they answered immediately, I said “I want to register my concern about the asylum seekers on Manus island” the person asked my first name and then said they would pass it on. Was super quick and easy! “


Contact Details of Politicians (click here)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Malcolm.Turnbull.MP@aph.gov.au  Tel: 02 6277 7700

The Hon. Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection    02 6277 7860 minister@border.gov.au

Shayne Neumann, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6277 4755 Shayne.Neumann.MP@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

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)