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Petition Update

Thanks to all who have supported our petition. We now have over 1700 signatures.

AAN is currently negotiating to present the petition to Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews by early November. We will also present it to Shadow Minister Tony Burke.

View our Letter to Mr Andrews and supporting documentation.
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If you haven’t yet done so, please sign the petition now. Let’s push that number up past 2,000! Tell your friends.

View the AAN Media Release which was circulated on October 10 (PDF, small file).

For more info and statements on this issue, see AAN condemns Andrews’ statements on African migration

AAN condemns Andrews’ comments on African migration

The Australian African Network Inc. was appalled by the comments of Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews regarding the settlement of African migrants in Australia. Please sign our online petition.

We want to rally support from all Australians to challenge the racist attacks the Minister is making against Sudanese refugees. The government is playing racial politics as a desperate election stunt, but the ramifications of government-endorsed racism on individuals’ lives and communities will impact on the whole society for a long time to come.

Andrews ignores the valuable contributions Africans have already made to Australian society, such as their work in nursing services, aged care, the meat industry, and the music industry.

If the government has concerns about any migrant community’s integration into Australian society, the appropriate course of action should be consultation with that community and the provision of appropriate funding, resources and support, not racist vilification of that community during the politically sensitive pre-election period.

To AAN this is a clear example of racism being used to divide the country. We need all Australians to say NO to racial politics.

We want the government to back down from using racism as an election stunt.

For more info and comment see also:
Refugee Council Media Release.
http://www.africanoz.com.au/
Slamming the door on Africa – comment by Dr Andre Renzaho
Statement on decision to suspend African Refugee intake By the President of the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW, Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian AM
REFUGEES:
Back to the future
Comment from Australian Policy online