Help those on temporary visas –

April 8th, 2020 | | Uncategorized

The Morrison government has just given over 2 million people on temporary visas an impossible decision –chip away at your retirement savings, or get out of the country.1

These are our neighbours, friends and family. The local chef who lost his job, the elderly Indian grandparents who came to look after their newborn grandson and can’t return home, the Danish couple expecting their first baby and the thousands of New Zealand families struggling to make ends meet.2

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, the Government is creating a situation where millions of people are stuck here with no way to leave, and no support.

We can’t let this continue. Everyone needs to be supported through this crisis – regardless of where they’re from or how long they’ve been here.

Right now, the Morrison Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis is under the microscope. With policy changes and backflips happening almost daily, now is the time to build the pressure ten-fold. 

Together, we need to send a clear message that the community will not tolerate a government that turns its back on people in a time of crisis. 

Can you add your name and demand full access to Medicare, income support and an amnesty on visa renewals for everyone on temporary visas NOW?

Countries like Portugal are paving the way by granting all migrants full citizen rights through the pandemic, while the UK has extended all visas until June 1.6,7

Meanwhile in Australia, most people on temporary visas can’t access JobKeeper, JobSeeker or Medicare. Many are now unable to afford rent, or are skipping meals due to financial hardship. Some can lean on family and friends, but many can’t and are at risk of becoming homeless.1

On top of all this, many people are stuck in the country with their visas about to lapse, and no way to get home as flights disappear, prices skyrocket and borders close. 

In the midst of a public health crisis, the government’s message is clear – that your worth is determined by your visa status.

We can’t let them get away with this. In a time where people are coming together, to support each other through this crisis, we must make sure that no one is left behind. 

Can you add your name and call for full access to income support, Medicare and a visa amnesty for temporary migrants?

We need a fair system that looks after everyone during this pandemic. Let’s take a stand together and urge the government to support all communities, irrespective of visa status. 

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, everyone deserves to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads and their families safe. 

In solidarity, 

Renaire, Anisha and Naz for the GetUp team 

Sourced by Mike Barrow

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