Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS Australia), Jesuit Social Services and the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA), jointly declare that people seeking asylum:
- Be issued bridging visas with study and work rights, Medicare, and access to SRSS, including where cases are being reviewed by the court system.
- Be supported to find legal and sustainable employment through culturally appropriate, specialist employment support services.
- Be provided with income support whilst they are looking for work or studying.
- Be exempt from searching for employment, if assessed by independent healthcare professionals as unfit to work, as in standard practice across the welfare system.
‘People who would be affected include fathers, mothers, young people and children who are part of our schools, our workplaces, and our communities,” said Mr Power.
“It is appalling the government is wanting to cut people off income support entirely. What are people meant to do with no income at all? How can they feed and get their children to school?” says Dr Goldie.
The foundational principle of the campaign Dignity NOT Destitution is the belief that no person lawfully residing in Australia should be forced into destitution through the removal of access to financial and housing supports.