The below motion was passed at last nights Annual General Meeting of The Australian Sociological Association:
The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) supports teachers walking off the job for refugee rights earlier today, November 20. We applaud the important stand these teachers are taking for refugee rights by opposing the cruelty of offshore detention on both Nauru and Manus Island. TASA stands with other members of the community including doctors, social workers and teachers, in stating that offshore processing is not safe for anyone, child or adult.
As a professional body of scholars, many of us conduct research around refugee status, migration, diversity, and inclusion. As scholars and as members of the Australian and global community we refuse to be complacent about the human rights violations involved in Australia’s offshore detention regime.
We stand in solidarity with Teachers for Refugees today and call for the Government to immediately release every man, woman and child currently detained on Manus Island and Nauru and resettle them in the Australian community.
- We stand in solidarity with all teachers that walked off the job for refugee rights on November 20.
- We call on the Australian Government to bring all the refugees on Manus and Nauru to Australia for immediate and permanent resettlement in the community.
Motion put forward by Hannah McCann November 6, 2018.