The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) and the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT) have written to Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alan Tudge MP, and the Prime Minister, calling for the Federal Government to urgently extend income support and access to Medicare to asylum seekers under the coronavirus support package to vulnerable groups.
ACRT request that:
• the 30,000 women, men and children who are on bridging visas (which give no certainty about the future) or without a visa, be included in the income support measures announced by the Commonwealth government.
• all asylum seekers (at any stage of their application process) be given access to Medicare
• all asylum seekers who lose their jobs (usually these are low paid, part time or casual) have the same access to income support as others in the Australian community.