Nobody should be forced to separate from the ones they love.
Right now, 7,000 refugees who have been issued with humanitarian visas are being kept away from family, opportunity and safety, and prevented from entering the country. Many have family here in Australia.
We have been told that there is no room nor any safe way to support these refugees to travel to Australia. This simply isn’t true.
In just over a year of COVID-related travel restrictions, more than 500,000 people have been able to enter Australia. These include returning citizens and permanent residents but also many who are neither – including movie stars, tennis players, business people and skilled migrants given automatic exemptions.
By contrast, the Government says its humanitarian program is on ‘pause’ due to the risks of COVID19.
If you’ve sold your belongings, withdrawn your children from school, declined any upcoming work on the promise that you will soon find a new home, what do you do when you are told it is simply no longer possible to enter Australia?
When you are living each day with the threat of discrimination and violence, every week of such a ‘pause’ leaves you at great risk.