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Letters to asylum seekers

We need to let asylum seekers know we have not forgotten them and we care. Refugee advocate and barrister, Julian Burnside QC, has started a letter writing campaign to do just that.

Will you write to an asylum seeker on Manus Island or Nauru?
In February GetUp members, along with thousands of Australians, lit a candle for all those who have suffered under our government's asylum seeker policies. Together, we lit the dark and showed Australia, and the world, what we're capable of – hope and compassion.

Now we need to let asylum seekers know there are Australians who are thinking about them and are doing everything they can to fight these brutal policies put in place by our "political leaders". Well known refugee advocate and barrister, Julian Burnside QC, is embarking on a letter writing campaign to do just that.

Will you write to an asylum seeker on Manus Island or Nauru and let them know, we have not forgotten them and we care?

How to do it

Write a letter, but don't direct it to a specific person.

Mr Burnside will post your letter (with your self-addressed envelope) to a specific asylum seeker on Manus Island or Nauru. He will explain the letter-writing campaign and include some writing paper and your self-addressed envelope so the recipient of your letter can reply.

When you receive a reply, keep writing to that person. If you want, you can ask them for the names of other people you can write to.

People of various countries are being detained on Nauru and Manus Island, including Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Sri Lanka. Please advise if you would prefer to write to someone of a particular nationality or if you have a preference for which detention centre your letter should go.
  • Say who you are, so the recipient won't wonder whether you're acting for the government
  • Tell them something about yourself
  • Let them know that not all Australians are hostile to them
  • Be sensitive to their circumstances
  • Encourage them to write back to you

Send the letter to:

Julian Burnside
205 William St
Melbourne, 3000

Remember to enclose a self-addressed envelope and include 'Australia' as part of your address.

Before you send

If sending your letter to Nauru, please place $1.85 in Australian stamps on the reply envelope (addressed to you). Nauru uses Australian stamps.

If sending your letter to Manus Island, please include a $5 note in the reply envelope. Stamps are expensive in Papua New Guinea, this will allow the recipient of your letter to buy stamps to write back to you.

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