Please help us ask the Australian government to repatriate Chatarina

Please help us ask the Australian government to repatriate Chatarina

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I'm creating this petition on behalf of a dear friend, Polyn. This is her story:
I am writing on behalf of a my mother, Chatarina Helwend who at 78 years old is still currently stuck in Spain and seeking your assistance in giving us a platform to discuss the problems faced by the elderly and vulnerable who are still currently stuck overseas due to the passenger caps imposed by the Federal government on airlines arriving into Australia My mother is a long-term Territorian has lived in Darwin since 1974 when she first arrived and married my father Amos Helwend BEM, (WW2 veteran) where she became an active member of the both the Indonesian/Timorese & local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Her home is Darwin, now and will be until she dies (in her words). However, one small tiny virus is causing her to be emotionally, mentally and now physically ill because she can’t get back home and feels abandoned by her country and those who she voted for in the previous State and Federal elections. She arrived here in Valencia, Spain on 06 March with a travel companion for a three-week holiday to see us but also to watch our son play his first soccer match in Spain, something he has dreamed about since he was 3 years old. Her travel companion continued on her travel to the UK and consequently returned to Australia when she could not return to Spain. Spain went into lockdown on the 16th of March until the 21st of June. This meant we could not leave our homes let alone travel to Madrid to catch a flight to London, which had direct flights to Perth at the time, as instructed by the Australian embassy in Madrid. Their advice was to get mum to Madrid and find a commercial flight for her so we could get her on the ‘commercial’ not repatriation QANTAS flights out of London. We found this option ridiculous given mum’s frail condition and it would expose her to the virus further. My mum’s three- week holiday has now become a six month drama with herself and her new travel companion being constantly bumped off Qatar flights from London to Sydney since making the reservation and finding someone who could help her on her long journey back to Australia, with a flight date of 04 August. The flight on 04 August was then changed to 19 August and now 21September but as informed by Qatar with little chance of her having a seat. The options were for us to upgrade my mother and her companion to a Business class fare totalling AUD$12,500 and apparently this was still not GUARANTEED. Being in her late 70s of course mum has some medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol. We had purchased her travel and medical insurance for her trip however since the Australian government implemented the travel ban, we were not able to extend her policy, so now we have to resort to buying her medication over the counter. The biggest dilemma we will face is if my mum is bumped off her flight on the 21st of September and we travel to London for this flight, we will find her stranded in the UK as she will not be able to return to our home in Valencia due to the expiration of her Schengen visa or if she remains here she will become an illegal. We have made contact with the embassy in Madrid about her predicament, but it seems that we just receive the stock standard cut & paste mail merge responses. My husband has written to numerous emails to several politicians back in Australia including the Chief Minister (NT), my mother’s local member Paul Kirby MLA, the NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles, both House of Reps and Senators for the NT as well the Veteran’s Affairs Minister, all falling on deaf ears and even no responses. I, myself, am finding it extremely anxious as this situation will leave my elderly mother in a precarious situation of either being stranded in another country for an undetermined period of time or becomes an illegal visitor. The current Australian government’s decisions are having a huge impact on their elderly and the vulnerable citizens overseas and it seems like my mum’s voice and all those like her are falling on deaf politician’s ears and leaving them in dangerous circumstances. I am pleading to you help us influence the Morrison government to either lift the current passenger caps on international arrivals so that my mum can come home.

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