Postpone the Ashes while Australians are stranded overseas

Postpone the Ashes while Australians are stranded overseas

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Angela T started this petition to Australian Federal and State Governments and

On the 2nd July the Australian National Cabinet released a statement confirming that caps on international arrivals will halve to 3070 arrivals per week. That’s less than one eighth of the capacity at the WACA. On the same day, I received a cheerful email from Cricket Australia inviting me to get my pre-sale code for Ashes tickets. Talk about tone deaf.

The number somewhere between 35,000 and 40,000 stranded Australians registered with DFAT gets thrown around regularly, and my heart goes out to those desperately waiting to be repatriated. What often goes unnoticed is the 250,000 or so Aussies like me, settled outside of Australia and reluctant to leave a stable job and home in the midst of global upheaval, but desperately missing my sisters and parents back home. I have a daughter whom most of my family have never met, and are unlikely to do so for the foreseeable future. We also don’t hear about the roughly one million Brits, the half a million Indians and countless others who live in Australia but cannot leave to see their own families overseas (or rather they can, but they probably can’t get back to the established jobs and lives they’ve built in the place that they now call home).

And yet, come November, the English cricket team and their support staff will be flown in to give Australians the pleasure of jeering at their old enemies with what will be an embarrassingly one-sided crowd of spectators. They won’t play any warm-up matches so the cricket itself is likely to be average to say the least.

I just don’t think it’s okay for this tour to go ahead while so many people are unable to enter or leave their own country. Cricket holds a special place in the hearts of so many Australians, including my own, and I hope that this petition gets public attention and creates the political groundswell we need to help people reunite with their families.

The passenger caps are due to be renewed on 31st August 2021. The Government have already said that they are unlikely to be changed this year, but we do have a window in which to influence that decision. And let’s be honest, if Australians are going to come together over anything, it’s the Ashes.

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