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Email politicians URGENTLY to urge COVID-19 support for people seeking asylum

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Federal Parliament sits tomorrow. 37000 people on Bridging Visas will be left destitute and homeless unless we can convince Scott Morrison and his government to include them in Jobseeker payments.

Please act today– email politicians URGENTLY to urge support on this issue

The situation for people on Bridging Visas in this crisis:

Given their temporary and insecure visa status, many people on Bridging Visas are not able to find secure work – in the current COVID-19 crisis most of those who did have casual work or part-time work are now unemployed.

People seeking asylum are not currently included in the income support arrangements that have been put in place as a COVID-19 crisis response.

Without income support, people cannot pay their rent or feed their families and must rely on charity and the goodwill of Australians for rent, food and healthcare to survive.

Charity organisations and local community groups will be overwhelmed in the coming weeks and months due to COVID-19 economic and health impacts.


Urge our political decision-makers that people seeking asylum must be included in the government’s COVID-19 financial support package.

Please email your local MP, relevant Minister, Shadow Minister or ACT MLA:

Scott Morrison – Prime Minister
Anthony Albanese – Federal Leader of the Opposition
Alicia Payne, Labor MP, Canberra
Andrew Leigh, Labor MP, Fraser
David Smith, Labor MP, Bean
Mike Kelly, Labor MP, Eden-Monaro
Katy Gallagher, ACT Labor Senator
Zed Seselja, ACT Liberal Senator
Kristina Keneally – Shadow Minister, Home Affairs
Andrew Barr – ACT Chief Minister
Yvette Berry – Deputy Chief Minister
Shane Rattenbury – ACT Minister for Mental Health
Alistair Coe – ACT Leader of the Opposition
Chris Steel – ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Rachel Stephen-Smith – ACT Minister for Health