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    HushTag fighting the Australian Border Force Act


    The tweet that speaks up when you can’t.

Do you believe in the right
to speak up?

Freedom of speech is an inalienable democratic right.
But not in Australia.


Fight the Border Force Act

In 2015, Section 42 of the Australian Border Force Act made it illegal for Detention Centre workers to talk about offshore abuse.
The penalty: two years in prison.

Someone needs to speak up for the survivors. Help us give the workers back their voice, by taking over Twitter.


Tweet for the Workers

Introducing “HushTag”. A tweet that’s all-hashtag, leaving no room for freedom of speech.
So workers can retweet this message, without fear of imprisonment.

#TheBorderForceActSaysTwoYearsInPrisonForAnyDetentionCentreWorkerWhoSpeaksUpAboutOffshoreRefugeeAbuse #ThisLawMustBeStoppedRetweetIfYouAgree

Our Goal: 100,000 mentions

By Tweeting, you’re adding your voice to our Digital Petition.Our goal is 100,000 mentions by mid-May.

Join in this act of solidarity, and help end this un-Australian law.

Refugee abuse – the silent truth

In the last 3 years, there have been over 100 alleged cases
of sexual assault, child abuse – even death.*









*Figures sourced from: the Australian Border Deaths Database; Wilson Security – QoN Senate Select Committee: Senate committee report into Nauru processing centre; and Australian Human Rights Commission’s “The Forgotten Children” report.


Hear from an ex-worker

Mark Isaacs worked for the Salvation Army on Nauru from September 2012 to June 2013. He spoke out against Australia’s offshore detention policy and published an account of his time in Nauru called ‘The Undesirables: Inside Nauru’.

Here’s what he has to say about the HushTag.


Refugee Council of Australia

Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is a non-profit, non-government organisation, and the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. It has more than 200 organisational and over 900 individual members.

Our work is focused around five key areas; policy, support for refugees, support for its members, community education and administration.

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