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Badge - Free the Refugees, Refugee Action Collective, circa 2002. Object Reg. No: HT 1024

Summary:
Badge with the slogan 'Free the Refugees', which was issued by the Refugee Action Collective, circa 2002. The slogan 'free the refugees' was used as a standard by the Refugee Action Collective Victoria (RAC) for its badges when it was established in late 2001. The Refugee Action Collective grew out of a national grassroots protest movement in response to the treatment of refugees and mandatory detention. First established in 2000, it gained momentum during the Tampa crisis in August 2001. The Victorian branch met weekly on Tuesday nights at Trades Hall, organised protest rallies, sit-ins, media campaigns as well as participated in sympathetic activities organised by other groups.
Description:
Round badge with white background, red text and a black map of Australia with the silhouette of an adult and child against barbed wire in the middle.
Acquisition Information:
Collected from Dr Moya McFadzean - Museum Victoria Collections, Research & Exhibitions, 2003
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: protest movements, refugees, asylum seekers, detention centres, mandatory detention of immigrants
Themes this item is part of: Cultural Diversity Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Community Activity
Tertiary Classification: protest materials
Inscriptions: On Front: FREE THE / REFUGEES / REFUGEE ACTION COLLECTIVE
Issued By: Refugee Action Collective, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 2002

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