More than 70 people remain indefinitely detained in Australian hotels and detention centres, more than two years after being brought here for medical treatment.
Since December 2020, community pressure has helped nearly 200 refugees win their freedom.
Now, the brief detention of Novak Djokovic has shone a global spotlight on the fate of refugees that the Morrison government is imprisoning in Melbourne’s Park Hotel.
There's a simple solution. Under Australian law, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews can free refugees with one signature.
Take Action Now: Call Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews MP.
Demand that she use her discretionary powers to give all the Medevac refugees their freedom, so that they can begin to rebuild their lives.
PHONE NUMBER: Parliament house office - (02) 6277-7860
TIP: the most effective messages to politicians are those in your own words. Focus on speaking from your heart and values.
Instead of keeping people trapped in dangerous detention, the government should release them into the community.
Everyone deserves a place to call home. No matter where we come from or how we got here, we all want the same things: a safe place to live with our families.
- The Government has already released almost 200 people from detention. There is no reason why they cannot release those who remain in detention. Keeping them in detention is just cruel, but serves no policy purpose.
Watch the 7.30 Report feature story from Monday 10 January: