Join us this Monday 24 August at 12.30pm AEST (12.00pm ACST/10.30am AWST) to make calls to ensure that people in detention have access to their mobile phones and the outside world. Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, has introduced an amendment that will lead to the confiscation of mobile phones from detainees without reasonable cause. This will work to further silence, isolate and punish people without any independent oversight.
Due to COVID19 restrictions, people held in detention have not had visits from family members, friends and supporters or their lawyers since 20 March. Mobile phones are the primary means of contact for people held indefinitely in detention; if this amendment is successful, the Minister will be even more power to target, punish, isolate and harm the mental health of entire groups of people, by confiscating mobile phones from entire groups in times of crisis, blocking access to legal representation and independent medical and social care when people most need it to survive.
Together, lets call our politicians and demand fair treatment.
Grab some lunch and grab your phone, we will see you there!