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On Wednesday August 10 The Guardian Australia published more than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention centre on Nauru. The reports—2,116 in number, of which more than half involve children—detail a catalogue of assaults, sexual abuse, self-harm attempts, child abuse and effects stemming from inherently toxic living conditions.

In response, refugee advocates from all different organisations have been holding vigils, rallies and peaceful acts of civil disobedience to let the Government and Opposition know that enough is enough — Australia’s inhumane treatment of people seeking asylum must end.

As part of this ongoing effort, a coalition of organisations, including LMAW, will be holding #NauruFiles reading vigils during the week of 12–16 Sept, 2016. At these vigils we will be aiming to read as many of the 2,116 incident reports as possible, as a way to publicly narrate the cruelty that’s occurring in Australia’s detention centres. These vigils are inspired by those who held a 10-hour #NauruFiles reading in London.

We want to send a message to the Government and Opposition that the abuse, assault and conditions detailed in the Nauru reports must end, and that they must take responsibility for their poor decisions and the culture of secrecy that has been created around immigration detention.

Most of all, we want to see Australia’s offshore detention camps shut down immediately.


Whether you can give an hour or ten, head to your nearest reading vigil to help us narrate the truth from within our detention centres.

Monday 12 September
BRISBANE: 8am–6pm, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 299 Adelaide St, Brisbane

Tuesday 13 September
ADELAIDE: 8am–5pm, Pilgrim Uniting Church Forecourt, 12 Flinders St, Adelaide

Wednesday 14 September
MELBOURNE: 8am–6pm, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 2 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Thursday 15 September
PERTH: 8am–6pm, Wesley Church, 75 William St, Perth

Friday 16 September
SYDNEY: 8am–6pm, Queen Victoria Building (south end), Cnr George St and Druitt St, Sydney


Thursday, 15th September
NEWCASTLE: 5–6pm, Sharon Claydon MP’s office, cnr Hunter & Auckland St
Friday 16 September
HOBART: 8am–7pm, Franklin Square, Hobart
Friday 16 September
CANBERRA: 8am–6pm, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 3 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Supporting Organisations:

  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
  • Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project
  • ChilOut
  • Edmund Rice Centre
  • Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children
  • Hobsons Bay Refugee Network
  • Inclusive Catholics
  • Love Makes a Way
  • Mums4Refugees
  • People Just Like Us
  • Refugee Action Coalition (NSW)
  • Refugee Action Collective (VIC)
  • Rural Australians for Refugees
  • Teachers for Refugees
  • Uniting Social Justice Forum
  • We Care Nauru
  • Wesley Uniting Church, Perth
  • Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance

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