From deadly persecution to deep poverty

From deadly persecution to deep poverty

Imagine living in a country beset with violence and persecution. You’ve been brave enough to plan an escape and you’ve made it to a safe country. 

You’ve been met by officials and told your story over and over, reliving your pain and trauma, then asked to wait for the government to make a decision on your protection application. 

You don’t know how long it will take. In the months and years you’ve had to wait, you’ve become destitute. Your children are malnourished, and your family is on the brink of homelessness. 

You urgently need a safety net: a basic living allowance to survive on while the government assesses your claim. 

This is reality for up to 15,000 people in Australia; the government can change this immediately with a simple decision. 

Together, we can tell the government it’s time to act for the 15,000 seeking asylum facing the greatest vulnerability. 


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