VAHPA will this year again be participating in the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees on Sunday 9 April 2017.
We can’t ignore the fact that so many men and women and 160 children are spending a fourth year in detention without any hope for the future!
“Successive governments have failed Australia on the matter of refugees and asylum seekers. They’ve breached international law and inflicted unforgivable, and entirely unwarranted, torment on hundreds of people who are in many cases already victims of rape, torture, military conflict and so on. This is a blight on us all; I know the shame I feel as an Australian is shared by many good people,” said VAHPA Secretary Craig McGregor.
“We must continue to pressure government until they see sense. It’s time Australia stops being part of the problem; we must extend a helping hand to those in dire need now,” concluded McGregor.
An estimated 15,000 rallied in Melbourne on Palm Sunday before Easter in 2016 and organisers expect the attendance will grow this year as Australians worry that the refugee punishment policy has gone on for too long.
The 2017 Walk for Justice for Refugees has the support of more than 140 organisations, including VAHPA who will join the Walk along with their families and thousands of concerned Victorians.
Please join us on Sunday 9 April 2017. Meet at the State Library of Victoria, Swanston St Melbourne at 2.00pm.
VAHPA members can purchase a “Close the Camps” t-shirt to wear for the walk.
T-shirts cost $10. Please visit this link to purchase.
Please download this Flyer and share with your colleagues and communities.
We hope to see you at the Walk.