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

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Shoalwater Bay

Shoalwater Bay

On Tuesday, Lazy Jack and her crew sailed past Shoalwater Bay on the central Qld coast. It was a quiet and pleasant sail, showing no indication of what will be taking place at the Shoalwater Bay military training area over the next few weeks. The Talisman Sabre joint military exercises will occur there from July 11-24 - "a biennial, bilateral Australian and United States training activity". This will include a very different kind of flotilla to our's - the latest military media release...

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Lazy Jack at Emu Park

Lazy Jack at Emu Park

If arriving by boat makes one a boat person, Captain Cook was a boat person too. Why do we uncritically celebrate some historical boat arrivals whilst criminalising others? Next year, the Australian government will spend $48.7 million commemorating the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's landing at Australia aboard the Endeavour. This will include $6.7 million to reenact the voyage up the east coast in a replica ship. The Sail 4 Justice journey retraces some of the same journey, as evidenced...

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Messages to Manus Refugees

Messages to Manus Refugees

Many asylum seekers have languished in australian detention prisons for years, and have understandably lost hope in us. The result of the recent election is devastating for refugees on Manus, Nauru and those detained onshore. A growing number of men on Manus have attempted suicide and engaged in self-harm. Instead of showing compassion, the Federal Government responded with plans to repeal the Medevac bill, which was to provide much needed healthcare. Right now, Sail4Justice is on its way to...

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Donations to Manus Refugees

Donations to Manus Refugees

If you wish to contribute materials to go directly with us to Manus on board the flotilla of boats, we have received a list of specific requests: USB, SD cards, Hard drives Smartphones (functioning and complete with chargers and batteries) Laptops (functioning and complete with chargers and batteries) Painkillers Basic First Aid items Prescription glasses You can send these things to us in Gimuy/Cairns (contact us for address) and we will take them with us to Manus. Alternatively, you can...

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