Letter writing action: In the last week we have heard heartfelt speeches in Parliament from Russell Broadbent and Cathy McGowan on refugees.  We have seen George Brandis rebuke Pauline Hanson for her stunt in Parliament. 
Write and commend Russell Broadbent, Cathy McGowan and George Brandis for their speeches.  Letters will go out from GADRC NSW but send individual letters as well. State that you are a GADRC member, we need to let our representatives know that we are out there and what we are thinking. Our Parliamentarians need to be recognised when they speak out and say the right thing so let's get writing. Written & mailed letters have more impact than emails. 

Addresses: Mr Russell Broadbent MP., P.O. Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT  2600.

Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, P.O. Box 6100 , Senate, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600.


Ms Cathy McGowan AO., MP, P.O. Box 6022 House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

Asylum seekers on Manus, Nauru should be resettled in Australia, Liberal MP Russell Broadbent says. Full speech:

Cathy McGowan 17th August.    Cathy McGowan, the MP for Indi, calls for federal action to address the conditions of refugees in Australia’s detention centre on Manus Island on Papua New Guinea, as services are withdrawn ahead of its closure. ‘My office is flooded with letters, phone calls, calls of the heart [from her constituents]’. The Guardian 17th August.


Children involved in daily protests on Nauru


Free the Children NAURU

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One man beaten and thrown in jail for having a camera. Police arrested others at peaceful protest. It is illegal to protest on Nauru. It is illegal to photograph protests. It is illegal to have a camera in the so called 'Open Centre'. It is illegal to use Facebook. It is illegal to take a bottle of water, drink, food into the detention centre. IT IS NOT ILLEGAL FOR POLICE TO HIT CHILDREN!, NOT ILLEGAL TO LOCK UP INNOCENT PEOPLE. IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO RAPE. POLICE BRUTALITY IS NOT ILLEGAL. AND IT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE ILLEGAL FOR ABF TO MURDER!

From Free the Children NAURU Facebook posts





Grandmothers at the Sydney Hyde Park #EvacuateNow Evening Rally

On a cold mid winter evening, 20 Grandmothers assembled in the Pitt St Mall, travelling in from the Blue Mountains, Bundeena, Berowra and elsewhere.  We then marched with 3 Banners through the Mall to Hyde Park to join with many others - see article which includes Grandmothers highlighting the plight of children on Nauru.


We are outraged about what our country is doing to vulnerable children.

We are all grandmothers and we take our inspiration from the Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina, and the Canadian 'Grandmothers to Grandmothers' campaign.

We call for release into safe haven.  The central point of the 2000 strong Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children is the necessity to release all refugee children with their families and all unaccompanied minors to a safe haven.  For those who wish to accept the US option their ongoing care must be guaranteed.  The others must be brought here to safety.  Their suffering at our hands is unconscionable.  

We are deeply concerned by the way our country is treating these children, who are dehumanised.  They are robbed of their names and identity to become mere numbers.  Their human rights to security, safety, education and adequate health care are being stolen away.  Australia is robbing these vulnerable children of hope.

We will talk loudly and often to politicians, to friends, to neighbours.

We wish to create momentum across Australia to free all refugee and asylum seeker children from detention and to free them with their families in to safe haven.