Do you hold shares in Qantas? Do your shares give you voting rights at the Qantas AGM?
We need you to join us to tell Qantas to stop deportations of refugees and asylum seekers to danger.
The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) and the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) are looking for Qantas shareholders to potentially co-file a shareholder resolution calling on Qantas to stop deportations and removals to danger. Activities which are of concern include:
- Deportations and removals, where the risks of irreparable harm are most acute; this concern relates to a distinct group of refugees and asylum seekers denied a proper legal process to make claims to refugee status in Australia; and
- Transporting people between places of indefinite detention (both onshore and offshore), where complicity in human rights violations is all but assured.
Qantas has failed to adequately deal with these issues in the past. In 2015, Jasmine Pilbrow who was travelling on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Darwin acted to prevent a Tamil asylum seeker on board the flight from being deported to Sri Lanka. Qantas responded by charging Ms Pilbrow under the Civil Aviation Act, and was ordered to pay a $3500 fine to Qantas. Her and two other passengers were issued with lifetime bans from Qantas.
ACCR and RACS are calling on Qantas to join with other airlines in refusing to deport people to danger:
- In June 2018, six US airlines announced their refusal to participate in transporting children who have been separated from their families at US borders.
- In June 2018, Virgin airlines in the UK announced that it would ‘end all involuntary deportations on [the Virgin Atlantic] network’, from August 1, 2018.
- In the UK, Germany and Israel individual pilots have refused to personally participate in forced deportations.
How You Can Help
If you hold shares in Qantas and would like to join us by becoming one of 100 shareholders to support our resolution, please sign up to the ACCR Resolutions database.
What to do if you are already signed up to the ACCR resolutions website
If you hold shares in Qantas and have already signed up to our resolutions website, you don’t need to do anything at all.
If you have acquired shares in Qantas since last signing up or are unsure of what shares we have you registered as holding, you can log into your account and update your holdings.
Why do you need my support to do this?
Under Australian law, a shareholder resolution can only be lodged if it is supported by 100 or more shareholders with voting rights. This makes your support crucial to us. If you are interested in supporting upcoming resolutions please sign up to our shareholder database.
Refugee Advice and Casework Service is a community legal centre, representing refugees and asylum seekers in detention and in the Australian community. People who come to Australia seeking asylum are amongst the most vulnerable people who come into contact with Australia’s legal and migration system. RACS’ core work is to help people present their cases properly to Australian decision-makers.
How do I sign up?