Print a #BringThemHere Poster
You can take these #BringThemHere posters to demonstrations or other events. Or you can take a photo with the posters, share on social media and to show your support! To open the free downloadable file, click here.
Share ChilOut on Social Media
Help us spread the word about the hardships faced by children seeking asylum and the consequences of holding children in detention by sharing ChilOut with your friends on Facebook and re-tweeting us on Twitter.
Facebook and Twitter is a great platform to send a very public message to your local Member of Parliament. The Twitter pages of MPs are regularly monitored, so if they start receiving many tweets on the same topic it will get noticed, and you will either receive a response or be notably ignored. Keep tweets polite and follow @chiloutrevived for the latest news, statistics and issues.
Contact Your Local MP, Senator or the Immigration Minister
Every Australian citizen has the right to question politicians about why children are being detained. You don’t have to be a refugee or a refugee expert to let your local MP know that this issue matters to you and your community. Write letters, organise events and make some noise to let them know that you care. To help you, here is a list of your local MPs contact details.
If you would like to arrange a meeting with a politician, here are a few questions we’ve prepared that you might like to ask:
Do you support locking up children and pregnant women?
Do you think Nauru or Papua New Guinea can support refugees?
- How do you plan to ensure children are safe in offshore detention environments?
Do you think spending billions of dollars on immigration detention centres is good use of taxpayers' money?
How do you plan on protecting the rights of asylum seeker or refugee children who arrive with no parent or guardian?
Do you think that it is in the best interests of any child to be sent away from Australia into remote, indefinite detention with no guarantee they will be resettled?
- Do you think children should be protected by Australian law and practice regardless of how they arrive in Australia?
- Do you believe we should respect international laws – like the Convention on the Rights of the Child – to which we are a signatory?
- Do you think children should have a guardian independent of the immigration portfolio?
Many politicians will argue that the current asylum seeker policies are about ‘saving lives at sea’. In response, you can ask:
Should one child be punished in the hope of helping another?
What about the suicides, physical and mental harm caused by indefinite, remote detention?
We receive constant inquiries about whether it is possible to send toys and clothing to the children in detention. Due to the constantly changing circumstances of where children might be detained and the costs involved with sending goods, ChilOut recommends donating funds to us instead.
If you have new goods (or goods in excellent condition) you want to share contact agencies in your state.