Scott Morrison urged to extend coronavirus assistance to one million 'vulnerable' temporary visa holders

4/05/2020 5:19:00 AM

Human rights and advocacy groups say Australia's more than one million temporary visa holders will be at risk of homelessness if the government does not extend...

Almost 200 Australian community groups have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, urging him to include more than one million refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable communities in the government's coronavirus response.

Human rights and advocacy groups say Australia's more than one million temporary visa holders will be at risk of homelessness if the government does not extend...

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Almost 200 Australian community groups have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, urging him to include more than one million refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable communities in the government's coronavirus response.Very large text size Summary The global death toll from coronavirus has passed 237,000.the Government's WhatsApp channel.Play video "Similarly with insecure visas, people are much less likely to go to the hospital even if they are unwell.

The group, including the Refugee Council of Australia, Amnesty International Australia and the Human Rights Law Centre, said asylum seekers on bridging visas and temporary visa holders were being"left behind" under the current economic supports.A protester holds a placard saying 'free the refugees, let them stay' during a Brisbane demonstration on Friday.3 million known cases of infection but more than 1 million people have recovered, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally In Australia, the death toll stands at 93 and there are 6774 confirmed cases Prime Minister Scott Morrison says more Australians need to download the COVIDSafe app if they want an early mark on easing restrictions India's lockdown has been extended by another fortnight The European Commission has backed Australia's push for an inquiry into COVID-19 12."As Australia and the world suffers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clearer than ever that how we treat the most vulnerable in our society directly impacts the health and wellbeing of all of us," the open letter read.Scott McLaughlin started on pole for the Indy175 virtual race."If anyone is left destitute, with no access to affordable medical help or unable to minimise the risk of catching the virus, all of us are at greater risk.There are now a total of 3031 confirmed cases in NSW." READ MORE Asylum seekers protest on roof of Sydney's Villawood detention centre over fears of coronavirus spread The group called on the government to let people in Australia access Medicare during the pandemic, regardless of their citizenship or visa status.An open letter penned by Disabled People's Organisations Australia and endorsed by more than 70 organisations said the disability pension was inadequate support during the crisis.

They also want to see JobSeeker payments to temporary visa holders and people on bridging visas, which they say would in turn help the businesses employing them.Of those that haven't recovered, 109 are being treated by NSW Health, including 14 of whom are in intensive care units, with 12 of those people requiring ventilators."That was wild! Did my best 'Bradbury' and won the Indy 175! Thanks to Pirtek for the support, proud to do it for them and Team Penske! Thanks to Indycar and @JayRFrye for allowing me to have some fun and race some cars!" McLaughlin tweeted."People seeking asylum who are living in the community without access to Medicare and basic financial support are some of those at greatest risk for COVID-19 and also those that cannot adhere to public health requirements like self-isolation," they said."This situation is growing worse by the day as people seeking asylum and other temporary visa holders lose their only form of income."As health minister, I'm absolutely delighted we're doing so much better in terms of that rate of positive tests, it's an incredibly positive outcome," Mr Hazzard said." Leading epidemiologist Professor Michael Toole said the government did not have to look too far overseas to see the potential health disaster that could unfold when vulnerable sectors of society go forgotten."So many people are going to be salty over that," Ferrucci said.He pointed to Singapore, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as examples of countries that have had significant COVID-19 outbreaks among their migrant workers, undermining their overall responses to the pandemic.We're doing so much better but we know that if we take our foot off the break, we'll end up in deep trouble.I was on the uphill and when all this turned up it just dropped," Mr Brest said.

A protester holds a placard saying 'welcome refugees - people just like us' during a demonstration in Brisbane.AAP "In all of these countries, migrant workers have been housed in crowded dormitories with inadequate access to clean water and sanitation,” Professor Toole said.." What you need to know about coronavirus:."Australia must do all it can to ensure that vulnerable people such as those lacking permanent resident status are not disadvantaged by their inability to adhere to recommended public health measures like physical distancing and hand-washing." The Refugee Council of Australia said many asylum seekers and families on bridging visas were already reporting job losses since the outbreak began.we're doing it gradually and carefully in the way we lift the onerous restrictions we've had.READ MORE CEO Paul Power said the situation would only deteriorate if vulnerable communities continued to be"left out in the cold".She said there was an increase of young people sleeping rough, which was likely to continue with other factors such as rental stress and domestic violence.

"They, like all Australians, are facing job losses and financial hardship right now," he said.52am Live: NSW COVID-19 update NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant and NSW Health Pathology Clinical Microbiologist Catherine Pitman will provide an update on COVID-19."Without access to basic support, there is a serious risk that these people – including many families with children – will become destitute or homeless." People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others.Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.But disabled people who access the JobSeeker payment lose their eligibility for support.

Testing for coronavirus is now widely available across Australia.If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.The federal government's coronavirus tracing app COVIDSafe is available for download from your phone's app store.SBS is committed to informing Australia’s diverse communities about the latest COVID-19 developments.News and information is available in 63 languages at.

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Its TIME Australia clean up the OLD ways of selecting migrants as some have caused enough damage to Australia. no thanks, deport on first available flight No way Jose ! Then go back to YOURE country Don't care what citizenship status some holds or doesn't hold - if they are at risk or need help with Covid19 give it to them. Virus' don't care about citizenship status.

Whilst Australians are homeless and are forced to sleep rough NO NO NO. All comments just focus on 'Refugees' the refugees numbers are small but temporary visa holders are the majority and they are workers or students, they pay taxes and deserve to have some sort of security during crisis 🤷‍♂️ with restrictions they stuck and need help

No just let us all get back to work What do these refugees want? They are being housed and fed, kept safe. Lot more than many normal Aussies who are struggling. Latest iPhones. Don't hear a peep out of that Kurdish bloke now that he's got his residency and job at UNSW. Left all the Kurdish women to fight.

Honestly, if they had all protested to this extent in the countries they come from, they wouldn’t be here. This is such ingratitude to the country that took you in. We want more! SBS at it again ...more shit from this station ...Sell this business now..no more of this crap

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Scott Morrison says COVIDSafe downloads, social distancing must continue before wind-back of COVID-19 restrictions, Australian death toll stands at 93There were five new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in NSW yesterday, including two locally-acquired cases from a known source, two from an unknown source and one case that is still under investigation. Follow the latest coverage here- timing is interesting To put things in perspective, that's 0.000066312% of the NSW population. Perspective matters. Don't worry NSW you're doing better than VIC which recorded a SHOCKING 8 new cases, which is 0.000122511% of their population. Quaking in my boots here! MediaVirus endthelockdown Good to see BradHazzard and NSWHealth being so forthright about the NZWarriors flying in to NSW .. Maybe the warriors should have just come in by boat , he and NSW Health seem to be far more relaxed when you turn up that way ..

Refugees that United Nations should be paying for. Craig_Foster Standard left wing Bias from the SBS.... perhaps the real issue is we shouldn't allow any immigration that relies on welfare in the first place?why is that fact being ignored by the left? I do feel sorry for refugees and Asylum seekers but we cant keep paying for every1 esp now!

They should convert to Christianity No memory man And they say KKeneally is anti-immigrant? Look at all those women and children. The Refugee Council, Human Rights Law Council & Amnesty International are not 'community groups'. I don’t think that taxpayers money should be spent on them. So, most Australian’s are or will be doing it tough and our country could be going into one of the largest economic depressions in recorded history.... & you want the taxpayer to support 1million people that have done nothing for this country & have not paid 1 cent in tax? NO!

I can not understand why they are still here. They need to be turned around and sent back. The last thing we need is more of this and more government hand outs.

Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin takes advantage of last-lap chaos to win IndyCar virtual race - ABC NewsSupercars champion Scott McLaughlin says he did his best 'Bradbury' to avoid the carnage and win the virtual IndyCar race at Indianapolis. How is this even news? Overpaid twerps sitting in their mansions playing online racing. Seriously 👎👎👎 Nice one Sox. I would rather an Englishman win than a Kiwi. I still think we should have a quota of races that Kiwi Supercar drivers are allowed to win in Oz. Maybe McL and Van Gisbergen should start each alternative race on the back of the grid?

If you follow this 200 community groups ? You may as well Change the name from Australia to ' the refugees land ' and change the FLAG too. No resources to help Mohammad and Rajesh at this time. Come back when kebab shops and curry restaurants are opened up again. So, most Australian are or will be doing it tough and our country could be going into one of the largest economic depressions in recorded history.... & you want the taxpayer to support 1million people that have done nothing for this country & have not payed 1 cent in tax? NO!

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Plea for lifeline for 1.1 million people on temporary visasAcross Australia, about 1.1 million temporary visa holders have been left without federal government supports like JobKeeper and JobSeeker So if I were in another country during this timw would that country give me welfare You were told to go to your home country seek help from your family or embassy irresponsable gohome Damn thats rough

Coronavirus updates LIVE: 22 new cases in Victoria, 19 linked to Cedar Meats cluster; PM will not back down on schoolsCedar Meats in Melbourne's west has been confirmed as the meatworks plant at the centre of the latest COVID_19 outbreak. 'All workers are self-quarantining and we are working closely with Victorian health authorities,' says the facility's general manager. Is that a halal place? Bullshit What are the Unions saying...shut down all meat processing facilities?

Coronavirus updates LIVE: 22 new cases in Victoria, 19 linked to Cedar Meats cluster; PM will not back down on schoolsPartygoers are among 44 people who were fined on Sunday for breaching lockdown restrictions. Among them were five people drinking and partying and another five in a car who admitted they were returning from a friend’s place. And people wonder why we have to have rules Sic Vic What about all the people at the shopping centres ?

Coronavirus updates LIVE: 22 new cases in Victoria, 19 linked to Cedar Meats cluster; PM will not back down on schoolsVictorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says the plan in national cabinet is to flatten the curve, 'but elimination is still in scope, and if we happen to have a happy accident of elimination then we are able to have that as an ongoing strategy'. Here’s hoping for elimination. Even Victoria can eliminate it,how about the rest of Australia,the rest of world? What do these doctors of political science actually define as 'flat'? It looks pretty flat. If that is not flat, what is flat?