Call Anne Ruston regarding Budget 2020
The Government has deliberately and cruelly left behind people seeking asylum and refugees in the 2020 Budget.
People seeking asylum and refugees largely do casual work, are losing work hours. They are facing extreme poverty and homelessness, making it harder for some to practice safety measures such as staying at home.
Take Action Now:
Call Social Services Minister, Senator Anne Ruston's office, to demand she use her discretionary powers to include refugees and people seeking asylum in the Government's support packages like Job Seeker and Job Keeper, as well as regular health and social services they desperately need at this time.
Electorate office - (08) 8586 6600
Parliament house office - (02) 6277 7560
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The 2020 Budget leaves people seeking asylum and refugees behind. The Morrison Government’s Budget is cruel. It expands offshore detention, including its Christmas Island facility while cutting Australia’s humanitarian intake cap by one quarter, and continues exclusions and cuts to safety nets.
The Government needs to ensure everyone has access to Medicare and income support at this time. But tens of thousands of women, men and 16,000 children are still cut off from any safety net, including JobSeeker and JobKeeper, so they are without a safety net to protect them from the worst economic impacts and risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19.
Support services provide a vital lifeline. The more support people get via safety nets and services, the greater their ability to succeed in finding and keeping employment and achieving self-sufficiency.