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Only allowing stranded Australians home on compassionate grounds would undermine the core rights of citizenship

Via NEWS.ABC.NET.AU:  As the COVID-19 crisis continues, 40,000 stranded Australians are still trying to return home from overseas.

They could be forgiven for feeling as though they are being treated like refugees by their own country.

Like the millions of genuine refugees worldwide, they are experiencing first-hand the harsh reality of strictly enforced international borders.

Recent remarks by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews would only reinforce the sense that their country has forsaken them.

Just as we assess a refugee's claim to enter our territory on the basis of need, Premier Andrews has suggested a similar approach towards stranded Australian citizens.

 

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