Urgent action required
This suite of actions would prevent people from becoming homeless and ensure that people seeking asylum, refugees and other vulnerable temporary visa holders have the medical treatment they need to stay healthy and to avoid getting others sick. It would also ensure that Australia can rebuild – economically and socially – both during the crisis and afterwards.
This virus does not discriminate on the basis of citizenship or visa status. We must act to ensure the protection of all people currently living in Australia. This must include ensuring that everyone now in Australia has the means to survive, maintain a roof over their heads and stay well during this pandemic. Maintaining the health of everyone currently in Australia, regardless of their citizenship or visa status, is in the interests of all of us.
As a community, we have the opportunity during the COVID-19 pandemic to make decisions that are compassionate, constructive and responsible. Only in doing so, can we ensure Australia emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic with a resilient, healthy and cohesive community. There are tens of thousands of refugees, people seeking asylum, and other migrants in Australia who make up our communities, and they cannot be forgotten at this time of great need. Nobody should be left behind.