Hi All, A bit of an update, I contacted Maurice Blackburn, they also are "not taking class actions relating to Covid", I asked for a reason, it was a "management decision". I will contact a couple of other big players and then try some Tax Lawyers who might be interested in taking on a smaller case, maybe with just a few people.
Ian I did not here the Fran Kelly show, however I don't think there will be a link to Tax Law and a lack of Bill of Rights (that seems more relevant to our right to return and other such things).
The ATO has this article https://www.ato.gov.au/law/view/document?docid=ITR/IT2650/NAT/ATO/00001 on tax residency for anyone interested, but it essentially just explains our obligations.
For those of you wondering why I have not been worrying about the legal aspects of getting home, unfortunately I worked as a consultant for many years for both Federal and State governments, I had zero expectation that they would do anything for any stranded Australian, I have seen this pattern of behaviour across so many vulnerable groups and the attitude of governments of both persuasions when it comes to assisting people in need. I just don't believe they will do at all for us. Sad, but my low expectations have clearly been met.
I am quite close to abandoning returning to Australia to live as I have now created a life in the UK. Very sad indeed.