#KIDSOFFNAURU

#KIDSOFFNAURU

The world refugee crisis is a complex problem - but locking up children is never the answer.

Despite hundreds of thousands of Australians calling for action, 17 children are still trapped on Nauru and it's possible that those evacuated for medical attention will be returned.

Children in detention on Nauru have recently witnessed lipstitching, self-immolation and other suicide attempts. There are limited safe or pleasant places to play because of unshaded, hot phosphate rock and the fear of wild dogs on the island.

The children languishing on Nauru, must be resettled, assessed for psychosocial care, and allowed a normal, healthy childhood.

 

 

This action is authorised by S. Legena, Plan International Australia, 60 City Road, Southbank, VIC 3001

The world refugee crisis is a complex problem - but locking up children is never the answer.

Despite hundreds of thousands of Australians calling for action, 17 children are still trapped on Nauru and it's possible that those evacuated for medical attention will be returned.

Children in detention on Nauru have recently witnessed lipstitching, self-immolation and other suicide attempts. There are limited safe or pleasant places to play because of unshaded, hot phosphate rock and the fear of wild dogs on the island.

The children languishing on Nauru, must be resettled, assessed for psychosocial care, and allowed a normal, healthy childhood.

 

 

This action is authorised by S. Legena, Plan International Australia, 60 City Road, Southbank, VIC 3001

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Call your MP to get Kids Off Nauru

Hearing directly from constituents like you can have a big impact. Use this tool to find and call your local MP. Don't forget to use the section that allows you to report back on their response! We will hold every politician accountable for their actions. They must do everything in their power to get #KidsOffNauru

Thanks for taking a few minutes to help get all the children and their families off Nauru. Before you call your local Federal Member of Parliament, here's a few tips.

  • If you're using your mobile, call using speakerphone, so you can still read these tips.
  • Start by introducing yourself, and tell them which suburb you live in within their electorate.
  • You will probably be talking to someone in their staff. Be kind and respectful but tell them exactly ...

Thanks for taking a few minutes to help get all the children and their families off Nauru. Before you call your local Federal Member of Parliament, here's a few tips.

  • If you're using your mobile, call using speakerphone, so you can still read these tips.
  • Start by introducing yourself, and tell them which suburb you live in within their electorate.
  • You will probably be talking to someone in their staff. Be kind and respectful but tell them exactly how you feel. Ask questions about what your MPs position is and if supportive, what they are going to do about it.
  • You could say something like:

“Hello, my name is ___________. I live in __________ <your suburb>. As your constituent, I want ____________<name of your MP> to take a stand on my behalf in Parliament, and do everything in their power to get Kids off Nauru.

No matter what the problem is, I believe locking up children should never be the answer. We must bring the children being detained on Nauru to Australia, settle them here, or in a 3rd country that welcomes them (like New Zealand).

The Australian Medical Association has demanded a change in policy calling the detention of children on Nauru a "humanitarian emergency requiring urgent intervention." So I want to know, what will <name of your MP>  do about it?"

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Good luck and don't forget to fill in the quick feedback form so we can track how different MP respond. This is extremely important! Here are a couple of rebuttals in case you need them:


  1. If they say: "The Government is getting children off Nauru via the deal with the United States."

    You could say something like: "This deal isn't working fast enough. Only 29% of the refugees the US agreed to take have actually been resettled there, in two years since the agreement started. What about the families from countries that the US has placed a travel ban on?"


  2. If they say: "We don't want to start the boats again / we have to protect Australia's borders"

    You could say something like: " The boats are still coming but they are being turned back or taken back by the Navy. Where is the evidence that locking up children "turns back boats" and regardless, how is it moral or ethical to harm children like this?"

In the end, there's no excuse that can justify your MP or our Governments support for a system that harms children!

Make your call count, tell us how it went