Talk:Australian refugee activists plan protest during minister's speech

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Original reporting notes[edit]

The quotes from the RAC Press release came from a press release sent to various mailing lists. It is quoted in full below. - Borofkin 23:25, 27 July 2005 (UTC)

Refugee Action Coalition press release - 28 July 2005[edit]

Media Alert... Media Alert… Media Alert…

28 July 2005 Refugee Action Coalition

Another day, another DIMIA scandal Refugee activists to hound Vanstone till she resigns

5.30-7pm: Market St entrance of the QVB

Refugee activists will protest this afternoon at Queen Victoria Building, where Amanda Vanstone is due to speak at the launch of an Immigrants’ Rights Kit at 6.30pm.

“Vanstone oversees the denial of basic human rights for asylum seekers and refugees,” said Mark Goudkamp of the Refugee Action Coalition. “How dare she offer her services at the launch of a publication advocating a better deal for migrants.”

“Vanstone is in hot water over Cornelia Rau, Vivian Solon, the Hwang children and upwards of 200 other cases of wrongful detention.

“Now we hear that Mahabub Alam, a Bangladeshi student with a valid visa, was subjected to a search without a warrant, arrest, interrogation and incarceration by immigration officers.

“Vanstone addressing this forum is sheer hypocrisy. Her reputation as immigration minister is beyond repair. John Howard seems to be the only person in the country defending her.

“She must step down, taking Philip Ruddock, who has the hardline minister when many of these debacles occurred, with her,” he added.

For more information, call Mark Goudkamp on 0422078376

Amanda Vanstone a prime Aussie terrorist target?[edit]

Or, on second thoughts, just float her out to sea and let the Japanese take care of her (mistaking her for a whale) ;-))