What's on this page:

♦  Current Country Information Report on Sri Lanka

♦  Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Temporary Migration, March 2020

♦  Submission for Inquiry into Nationhood, National Identity and Democracy, September 2019

♦  Choose Fairness and Decency - Information to help you order your voting preferences for May 2019 Federal Election

♦  Australian Policy on People Seeking Safety - Where we are and how we got here.  A brief history.

♦  Community Conversations statistics for Corangamite Electorate, November 2018

♦  Community Conversations statistics for Corio Electorate, May 2018

♦  The Game of Life and Death (educational tool to help people understand the current refugee determination process for people who arrived by sea)

♦  Tips for writing to politicians

♦  Tips for writing letters to newspapers

Current Country Information Report On Sri Lanka

Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

CRAG is gravely concerned about the number of Tamil people who have had their claims for asylum rejected, despite detailing the persecution,  violence and torture they have experienced in Sri Lanka,  because the Australian Government does not believe that they will still be at risk if they return.  This belief is diametrically opposed to the information provided by international human rights organisations and credible international media sources.  The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade information, used by Home Affairs in refugee determinations, is outdated and no longer relevant.  Therefore, our Sri Lanka task group has collated current information to develop the following documents:

Sri Lanka Country Information Report No. 3 (June 2021)  (A detailed report on the current political and human rights situation in Sri Lanka)

Briefing Note (June 2021) (A concise overview which can be provided to politicians and media outlets as an introduction to the above report)


Previous versions of the documents:

Sri Lanka Country Information Report (March 2021)

Briefing Note (March 2021)

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CRAG's Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Temporary Migration, March 2020


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CRAG's Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy  September 2019


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Information on the policies of major parties regarding people seeking safety (correct at 24/03/2019)

Download PDF Version (view only): Choose fairness and decency

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Australian Policy on People Seeking Safety – Where we are and how we got here. A brief history.

Download PDF Version : History of Asylum in Australia

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Community Conversations Corangamite Electorate Statistics November 2018

Download PDF here: Community Conversations Corangamite Nov 2018

Community Conversations Corio Electorate Statistics - May 2018


Download PDF Version : May 2018 - Community Conversations Corio Electorate Statistics

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The Game of Life and Death

This giant board game was developed by the Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) as a community education tool.  It was designed in collaboration with people in the Geelong region who are seeking asylum.

Several people who are seeking asylum, while explaining their experience of the ‘Fast Track’ refugee status determination process, spoke about feeling that they were at the mercy of a game of chance, full of twists and turns, traps and penalties, with potentially life-threatening consequences.  From these conversations, the 'game' was formed to help people to understand the unnecessarily difficult and unfair process they must go through.  CRAG is very happy to share this resource with other refugee advocacy groups for use in their local communities.


Download Instructions and Forms for Game of Life and Death Here 

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Tips for Writing to Politicians

You don’t have to be a literary genius to write to politicians. The important thing is to register your opinion as a voter, not how well you write. The politicians won’t know what you want them to do unless you tell them!
Don’t expect a response, and you won’t be disappointed if you don’t get one. The response is not important. Responses are often just form-letter, party policy positions. Your job is not to try to change the mind of the politician; your job is to provide evidence that voters are unhappy with current policy.

Use the following tips to help you with your letters:

• Keep letters short and clear. No more than one page is needed, and one or two paragraphs are often sufficient.

• Make reference to something personal (e.g. “I’m a student with a long life of voting ahead of me.”. “As a mother of three children…”)

• Focus on one or two main issues (and clear points for these issues)

• Keep it respectful!

• Ask a question or two (There is more chance of getting a reply)

• Paper letters can be given more importance

• Letters to your MP should go to their electorate office

• Letters to Ministers should go to their Parliamentary office

• Letter to Senators can go to either electorate offices or Parliamentary offices

• Use email for urgent issues

• Always email each recipient individually (Sometimes BCCed emails go to spam folders)

• If you do get a response, and your questions are not answered, then write again and ask them again!

If you are in the Geelong region, write to:

Libby Coker MP (Labor)
Federal Member for Corangamite
3A/195 Colac Rd
Waurn Ponds   3216
Libby.Coker.MP @aph.gov.au

Richard Marles MP (Labor)
Federal Member for Corio
17A Yarra Street
Geelong, VIC, 3220

If not from Geelong, find your local MP by putting your postcode into the search box here:

Download this information as a PDF: Tips for Writing to Politicians

Also write to the following:

Karen Andrews MP
Minister for Home Affairs
PO Box 6022
Parliament House

Senator Hon. Kristina Keneally
Shadow Minister for Home Affairs
PO Box 6022

Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister
PO Box 6022
Parliament House

Anthony Albanese MP
Opposition Leader
PO Box 6022
Parliament House

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Tips for Writing to Newspapers

Letters to the editor can help to change public opinion. They are also watched by politicians.

To maximise the chance of getting published:

• Focus on current topics and headline news stories.

• Stick to one aspect of the issue. Don’t try to cover too much at once.

• Keep your letter under 200 words.

• Short and punchy style letters are more likely to be published

• Use positive, value-based language and messages (e.g. “People looking for a safe place to live” rather than “Asylum seekers”. “The Australian Government must act with fairness and decency.” rather than “Australia should stop committing human rights abuses.”).

• Keep it intelligent! (Use clever language, clear logic and accurate statements)

• Don’t say anything that could be considered defamatory. It won’t be printed.

• Send your letter in the body of an email, not as an attachment.

• Use ‘Letter to the Editor’ as the subject heading.

• Send your letter in the morning. Editors will be looking to fill up the letters page for the next day, and can easily complete their task if they have letters arriving early.

• Include your name, address and phone number. Only your name and suburb will be published.

• Send each letter exclusively to one paper. If publications find your letter published in multiple papers, they may stop publishing you.

• Send letters to local papers.

• Also send letters to papers in other regions. Editors like to demonstrate a wide geographical readership.

Newspapers in our Region

• Geelong Advertiser: yoursay@geelongadvertiser.com.au

• Bellarine / Surf Coast Times: editor@timesnewsgroup.com.au

• Herald Sun: hsletters@heraldsun.com.au or http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/letter-to-the-editor

• The Age: letters@theage.com.au

• Sydney Morning Herald: letters@smh.com.au
Daily Telegraph: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/letter-to-the-editor

• The Australian: letters@theaustralian.com.au

• Addresses for other papers can be found here: http://www.results.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Contacting-Newspapers.pdf

Download PDF Version: Tips for Writing to Newspapers

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