We must ensure that everyone living in Australia is supported during the COVID-19 pandemic. But right now, some of the most vulnerable people living in our community have been left behind.
People seeking asylum and refugees have been forced to flee their homes, leaving everything behind. They’ve survived torturous journeys to get here and then been repeatedly punished as a result of our government’s asylum policies. They face interminable waits on their claims, the limbo of being denied permanent protection, and the agony of family separation. Despite all of this, many have still managed to find work to support themselves and their families. But now, with the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic fallout, they are facing destitution and homelessness, with zero support from the Australian government.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly reminded us that we’re all in this together, but in excluding huge numbers of people from the COVID-19 response, his government’s actions have shown otherwise.
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