Sail 4 Justice recognises and asserts the sovereignty of First Nations people. We wish to pay our respects to the First Nations peoples on whose land and seas we travel and sail. We pay respect to the Elders past, present and emerging and to the strength of the Indigenous communities in ongoing struggles for self-determination. 

All refugees on Manus Island, Nauru and onshore are political prisoners. The Australian government and private corporations are committing gross violations of human rights, so we are sailing to bring the world’s attention to their torture and abuse of refugees. We are sailing in spite of the borders enforced by this government, because we reject their authority. Australia’s border policing and refugee policies are premised on the notion of Australia’s jurisdiction over this land. However, this country was occupied illegally, under the legal fiction of terra nullius – empty land. To this day, Australia has no treaty with the original sovereigns of this land. As uncle Robbie Thorpe says: “Indigenous people never ceded sovereignty over Australia. The Australian government has no legitimate right to grant or refuse entry to this country.”

We demand:

An end to all offshore processing and all mandatory and indefinite detention, offshore and onshore #closethecamps

Freedom for aĺl refugees and asylum seekers, including accepting the NZ offer of resettlement unconditionally

Compensation to all survivors of Australia’s border regime for the trauma caused

Decolonisation, compensation and genuine respect for Indigenous sovereignty and the self-determination of all First Nations people in the Pacific region, including so-called Australia

An end to the occupation of West Papua by Indonesia

Action for climate justice and an end to unsustainable and destructive industries, such as fossil fuels

Latest Updates

All boats were created equal..

All boats were created equal..

On the journey north, Lazy Jack and crew have passed plenty of boats, though few as big and fast-moving as the navy warships moving around near Magnetic Island. The ships are off the Queensland coast as part of the Talisman Sabre military exercises. As the press release breathlessly announces, "This will be one of the largest gatherings of military ships to visit Brisbane for a single event in more than three decades, and will include vessels from the United States, New Zealand, Canada and...

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Lazy Jack Story

Lazy Jack Story

Have a look at the video-story of Lazy Jack, one of the flotilla ships, and meet some of its crew.

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Abbot Point

Abbot Point

Early on Monday morning, Lazy Jack and crew passed Abbot Point just north of Bowen. It was still dark at first, so we saw only bright orange lights. But as we went further north and the sun rose, we saw the terminal - a huge pile of black coal by a long jetty; offshore gigantic barges waiting to be loaded. The Abbot Pt coal terminal is owned by the Indian corporation Adani, and is where the coal from Adani's controversial proposed Carmichael mine in central Queensland would be exported. As far...

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Original Nation passports signing ceremony with Uncle Lyle

Original Nation passports signing ceremony with Uncle Lyle

Aboriginal people have been experiencing incarceration, prison camps and prison islands on their own land at the hands of the colonial australian government. We know what it feels like to be refugees on our own land. This is why we are extending solidarity to the refugees on Manus Island by issuing Original Nation passports as a symbol of an invitation. We are calling on all Pacific nations to recognise our sovereignty and these passports and to allow those seeking asylum to use them to travel...

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