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The Royal Commission petition
The demand for a Royal
Commission into the treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and immigration
detainees as formulated in the terms of reference outlined in our petition
is steadily gaining momentum: since the launch of the project signatures
have been returning to the office at a rate of between 200 and 400 signatures
at every mailbox check: thank you!
Two weeks ago Dr Carmen Lawrence, ALP Member for Fremantle, tabled the
first 4100 Royal Commission petition signatures in Federal Parliament.
She announced the tabling of the petition with an adjournment speech on
15 June. Dr Lawrence's speech is reprinted on our website.
Current tally: 7,669 signatures
As the first mailbacks from the World Refugee Day weekend arrive in our
mailbox, with dozens of sheets from Refugee
events in Sydney, the regular returns from churches, schools and universities
keep arriving in our PO Box on a daily basis - the initiative is carried
well right around the country. We receive sheets from Catholic, Anglican
and Uniting Church parishes, from students as well as university staff
from Monash University to Adelaide University, the Royal Melbourne Institute
of Technology, from a bookshop in Melbourne, a Deli in Queensland and hospital
wards in Adelaide. In the context of the Cornelia Rau revelations the prisoners
support group Sisters Inside
known to the public through the ABC interviews with Debbie Kilroy, sprung
into action, returning a considerable number of signatures, while the Vivian
Solon-Alvarez deportation debacle resulted in a sustained effort of the
Filipino Community, who explicitly included their wish to investigate the
deportation bungle of Ms Solon in any Royal Commission.
The steady drip of community pressure
Dr Carmen Lawrence was the first Parliamentarian to table petition sheets,
announcing the demand for a Royal Commission with an Adjournment speech.
With the regularity of a dripping tap, the tabling of petitions will keep
taking place throughout the term of this government. We plan to have a
second tabling when Parliament returns from its current recess in the first
week of August.
Your help is needed
This is one of the simplest initiatives you can help to carry right around
the country simply by printing and copying sheets and distributing them.
Please download the petition
from our website, please print
multiple copies, distribute them throughout your office
, the staffroom at your school
or your workplace
leave the petition in coffeeshops
and other places as you find suitable; and if you hold
, don't forget to print
, because the time has now come to start collecting signatures
for the future.
This week's National IR legislation action
The National Week of Action in protest of the proposed Federal Industrial
Regulations legislation is an excellent vehicle for the petition sheets.
Please consider a presence for your group or organisation's stall at the
rallies in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth and take petition
sheets for signing; and, the Royal Commission petition was tabled
at the 19 March Unions NSW meeting
, and supported!
Jack H Smit
Project SafeCom Inc.
P.O. Box 364
Narrogin WA 6312
phone: 041 70 90 130