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The Seventh of December 2002: Our first birthday

Project SafeCom was incorporated on December the 7th 2001

We have just finished for the year, and we have also celebrated our first birthday. We look back on a year in which we have successfully established ourselves amongst the still growing collection of refugee groups around Australia.

And we commit to growing, developing, working hard and being relevant in the long term as a human rights organisation.

Our Achievements in 2002 include:

  • Almost 75 people per day visit our website, totalling almost 23,000 total visits in one year - and this flow of traffic is unabated to the strongly partisan, educational and informative content on the website;

  • Our Daily Newsletter and Refugee Updates are read by 220 subscribers 2-5 times per week;

  • As the sole distributor of The Refugee Ribbon©, we have sold more than 25,000 Ribbons - most of them in the form of Rolls to Refugee Action groups around Australia - helping them to fund their campaigns;

  • During the June 2002 Woomera hungerstrike, we collected 662 endorsements of groups and individuals within ten days to our call for Ruddock's resignation, sent to 120 news media organisations in Australia and all Federal MP's and Senators;

  • We have maintained a tremendous 'e-pressure' on Federal Labor as well as on the Howard government, and have been successful together with the various Labor4Refugees groups in 'causing' full attention for refugee policies as a central issue to the welfare of Labor;

  • We have built consistent and good rapport with several selected journalists in Australian media as well as the UK Guardian;

  • In WA as well as the remainder of Australia we have cemented a firm place as an outspoken, strong and non-ambiguous voice amongst refugee groups from the left as well from more traditional viewpoints: our messages consistently receive strong positive feedback and affirmation;

  • We were chosen as the WA Delegate for the Rural Australians for Refugees 'Mudgee Muster' in December 2002;

  • In January 2003, we will be amongst the first Australian refugee groups to have the BBC Documentary "Australia's Pacific Solution" (Sarah McDonald, Kate Durham) screened in a Cinema in WA;

  • We have started working to establish Fremantle as the first Welcome Town for Refugees in WA, and will follow this initiative with similar action in Margaret River, Denmark and Katanning;

  • We have Full as well as Associate Members in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Dallas, USA;

  • We are a highly respected organisation because we fight for Human Rights and Social Justice. Please become a member and help us grow!

The Project SafeCom team

And in an Update:

It's many moons later as we write this - to travel further, here are some of our archives for your next choice on the website that now has more than 1,000 pages for your reading!

Our World Refugee Day movie

Project SafeCom's 2007 World Refugee Day event17 July 2007: Project SafeCom's 2007 World Refugee Day readings - This week's Fremantle Herald, a major Project SafeCom sponsor, features major coverage of Project SafeCom's World Refugee Day event as part of its wraparound for World Refugee Day. This page reproduces the entire section, including articles by our speakers for the event who came from The Greens, the ALP, and from Melbourne. Perth Community Television (CTV) filmed the event, and the 15-minute documentary is included on this page.

A musical sample

  • The Scattered People Choir: CD Track Six: Rain - Audio Track with Brian Procopis and Simon Monsour, vocalist Ross Smith, and musician Gary Nunn and others. One of the 12 tracks of the terrific music CD (described here) of the Scattered People's Refugee Choir in Brisbane. (MP3 Audio File, play time 4'38")

Royal Commission

The call for a Royal Commission into detention and the treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees has always been relevant, especially since the 2001 Tampa stand-off. With Downloadable Petition Form!

The Bill of Rights resources archive

3 March 2008: The Bill of Rights resources archive - Project SafeCom's archive of Bill of Rights resources: speeches, papers, presentations and books have seen the light of day right around Australia since the 2001 Tampa standoff and the anti-terrorism legislation introduced during the Howard years. This page brings together our resources on a Bill of Rights for Australia.

Archive of Indigenous Issues pages

13 February 2008: Archive of Indigenous Issues pages - the number of pages dealing with some aspects of Australia's First Peoples has been growing steadily since we started our work in 2001, so it's appropriate we bring them all together on one page. Here's our archive of Indigenous issues.

Blog archives

18 October 2006: The Project SafeCom Blog Archives - This is the page that brings together all entries from our Blog. They are manually entered, so please accept apologies if sudden and new entries are not posted to this page immediately.


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