The 1 October deadline: one year on

Thursday, October 4 2018

Dear Friend, Early last year, the Federal Government imposed an arbitrary and final deadline of1 October 2017 for the 31,000 asylum seekers who had arrived by boat in Australia. Under this ‘lodge or leave’ policy, people were told to lodge a Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) application under the so-called Fast Track process by the deadline, […]

Abhorrent and wrong: Refugee Legal’s Statement on Senator Anning’s Speech

Friday, August 17 2018

This week, Senator Fraser Anning delivered a maiden speech that was abhorrent and fundamentally wrong. It has rightly been condemned across the public and political landscape of our nation. In less than two minutes, Senator Anning proposed a ban on Muslim immigration, a return to what would be akin to the White Australia policy, argued […]

David Manne appears on ABC 7.30

Wednesday, May 23 2018

Hundreds of Commonwealth Games attendees are asking for protection visas Lawyer David Manne says he is representing a number of people who attended the Commonwealth Games and are now seeking asylum in Australia.

Annual appeal donations matched dollar for dollar by anonymous donor

Wednesday, May 23 2018

“Rolling deadlines make this situation beyond urgent – it’s now critical” In recent months, the emergency created by the government-imposed deadline for asylum seekers to apply for protection has morphed into something even worse – a final ruling on their fate. Many thousands of people seeking our help are now in a state of continuing […]

Amali faces her final ruling

Sunday, March 18 2018

Dear Linda, Amali* – a 45 year-old Sri Lankan Tamil woman and single mother of three – is facing the final ruling on her fate. She fled to Australia by boat six years ago, together with her three daughters. She needs our help. Amali is one of thousands of people – 15,000 nationwide – with […]

A message from our Chair Clare Morton on International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 8 2018

Dear Friend, On International Women’s Day we recognise the many refugee and migrant women who have experienced harm on account of their gender. These women have inspired uswith their courage and resilience in the face of gender-based persecution, trauma and separation from their loved ones and communities. We recognise their immeasurable contribution to the Australian community. As a founding Executive Director of […]

Break the cycle of injustice

Thursday, March 8 2018

Dear Friend,I want to provide you with a quick snapshot of where things are at for people seeking asylum under the Fast Track Process – and to seek your help.The issue may have momentarily disappeared from the media, but people seeking asylum in our country face a continuing emergency.Lodging a protection visa application by 1 October […]

End of Year Appeal

Sunday, December 17 2017

Right now you can defend the rights of refugees As I write, people seeking asylum in our country face a continuing emergency. First, they were forced to apply for protection by the arbitrary deadline of 1 October. Now, they face assessment of their applications under the Federal Government’s ‘Fast Track’ process. This process is complex […]

Refugee Legal Annual Dinner

Monday, October 16 2017

‘d be delighted if you could join us for Refugee Legal’s Annual Dinner to be held on Tuesday 21 November 2017. We are honoured that our keynote speaker this year is Mr Thomas Albrecht, the Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra. Mr Albrecht is one of the UNHCR’s most experienced representatives, having worked […]

Refugee Legal Emergency Appeal

Wednesday, March 1 2017