Not Waving But Drowning


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NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING is a project which brings together nine Australian artists to raise funds for the Refugee Council of Australia. Featuring Nathan Roche, Loene Carmen, the Holy Soul, Subterranean Rain, Mickey Gloss, Dead Radio, Whipped Cream Chargers, Psychlops Eyepatch and Wild Cat Falling; our aim is to increase much needed donations, and raise awareness of the great work that this organisation is currently doing under very difficult circumstances. 

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. It has more than 180 organisational members, including the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, the Australian National Committee on Refugee Women, Amnesty International Australia and the Australian Refugee Association. In recent months the Australian government has completely removed the Refugee Council’s core funding, despite allocating $140,000 in the 2014-15 budget.

From an RCOA press release: 
‘RCOA chief executive officer Paul Power said he had been informed, in a phone call from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, that the decision to remove the funding from 2014-15 had been taken by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. “We are surprised that funding that was allocated in the Budget and allowed for in the Government’s forward estimates to 2018 would be removed without explanation,” Mr Power said.’

Since Tony Abbott’s election, the number of refugees in detention centres has risen sharply. According to numbers released by the Australian Human Rights Commission, as of June 2014 there are 3,624 people in immigration detention facilities, and 3,007 people in community detention in Australia, including 699 children in immigration detention facilities and 1,525 children in community detention. 168 of these people have been in detention for over two years.

The federal government would like us to believe that these people are the enemy but we are determined to show them that not everybody can be manipulated in to hating innocent human beings.

All proceeds will be donated directly to the Refugee Council of Australia.


released October 15, 2014

This compilation was conceived and curated by Alison Woods (@Loser_friendly) with support from Octopus Pi.



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The emphasis is on fringe music that connects with the listener.

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