How you can help

Donate to Gifts for Manus and Nauru

Please support and share our current crowdfund to raise some of the money needed for the over 1000 top ups we need to do each month.

Befriend a Child in Detention

Befriend a Child in Detention….for letters (to both children in detention on Nauru and also Australian detention centres.)


Facebook page:

Doctors 4 Refugees

Over the last decade or so successive Australian governments have imposed increasingly harsh conditions on those seeking asylum under the UN Convention of 1951 to which we are a signatory. These conditions have had a devastating effect on the health of these individuals. As health care professionals we have an obligation to speak out.

Doctors and other health practitioners have undertaken to abide by the Hippocratic Oath, or variants of this, which require us to advocate for the health of our patients above all else.

To do anything less would be to diminish our profession.

Do you know a person in detention who needs medical help?
Are you someone in detention who needs medical help?

Contacting and helping the children and others

  1. Go to their Facebook page and like and comment on it and share it with your friends. Give the children hope. Here is the link to the Nauru kids Facebook page:
  2. Contribute to gifts for the children, phone credit and other stuff. A good page to do it is here on Facebook:

If you are Australian phone Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton

Please urge Australia’s government to WELCOME refugees. Please call Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office on (02) 6277 7700 or Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s office on (02) 6277 7860. You can also email them at and

Get informed and donate

The Chilout organisation has a website with a lot of information and campaigns to have refugee children removed from detention.

Here is their website address:

Their facebook page:

Here is a page with news from Nauru detainees and links to stories about Nauru

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

ASRC has a webpage with a lot of info on it.

Refugee Action Coalition

News feed of stories from Nauru highlighting significant human rights issues there

Refugee Rights Action Network WA

Fighting for refugee rights in Western Australia

Amnesty International Australia

Amnesty International is a global movement of over 7 million people committed to defending those who are denied justice or freedom.


Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network

DASSAN is a community-based network of volunteers supporting and advocating for asylum seekers in Darwin, Australia’s least populated capital city – Australia’s ‘detention capital’.
Over 700 men, women and children are currently at the Wickham Point detention centre hundreds more passing through each year.
People with serious medical conditions and heavily pregnant women are brought here temporarily from Manus Island and Nauru.
Others are kept in Darwin long-term, many with complex issues.

We welcome all those who support asylum seekers to join with us.

The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2014)

Read the The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2014)report

Read Julian Burnside’s proposal for an alternative solution to Offshore Detention

The  present system of dealing with asylum seekers who arrive by boat is cruel (intentionally) and hideously expensive.  There is a rational alternative to the  intentional cruelty of the present system. That system reflects the attempts of both major parties at the last election to outdo each other in their promises to mistreat a particular group of human beings.

And it’s expensive.  The current system costs between $4 billion and $5 billion a year.  That’s a big number: think of it as one million Geelong chopper rides each year!

Australia’s treatment of boat people needs a radical re-think.  It is shameful that we are now trying to treat asylum seekers so harshly that they will be deterred from seeking our help at all.  It is shameful that this deliberate mistreatment of asylum seekers has been “justified” by describing them falsely as “illegal”, when in fact they commit no offence by coming here and asking for protection.  It is shameful that the deliberate Coalition lies about asylum seekers have not been roundly condemned by the Labor party.  It is shameful that, out of an alleged concern about asylum seekers drowning in their attempt to reach safety, we punish them if they don’t drown.

There are better ways of responding to asylum seekers.  If I could re-design the system, I would choose between two possible models.

Read the rest here: