Senate debates

Tuesday, 6 October 2020


COVID-19: Repatriation

4:56 pm

Photo of Janet RiceJanet Rice (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

The Morrison government seems to have washed its hands of the thousands of Australians who are stranded overseas, who just want to come home. We Greens have said time and time again that aiming to get stranded Australians and their families home by the end of the year just is not good enough. Thousands of people are in desperate financial and personal circumstances, not able to come home, due to ill health, remote location, flight cancellation or pregnancy. I have heard so many heartbreaking stories from my constituents and the evidence that was given to the COVID committee. The government's approach of small loans simply won't cut it. Prime Minister Morrison and Minister Dutton must urgently provide extra resources for quarantining capacity and to stop the airlines price gouging so people can come home.


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