Protection visa families should be allowed to work and support themselves in the community

Protection visa families should be allowed to work and support themselves in the community

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Kirsty Louw started this petition to Department of Immigration

Bridging visa E holders in Australia don't get work rights back if they've applied for a protection visa - a process which can take years to finalise. This leaves whole family units in severe poverty. When parents are willing & able to work but are denied this basic human right, they suffer extreme hardship, mental & emotional turmoil which in turn affects innocent children too. The worry of not having a place to live in is real, having to rely solely on charities to feed & clothe families is real. Being forced into poverty is against basic human rights & Commonwealth laws to be afforded the right to work, have shelter, education, access to medical services, clothing & food. People need to be able to work & support themselves instead of being a burden on their communities. When parents are willing to work & do the right thing by Australian laws, the government should allow them to support their own families whilst waiting for pending outcomes of their applications within the system & give these people a "fair go" if they are not a threat to society. By not affording these basic human rights to potential refugees, they're willingly condoning destitution & denying basic human rights.

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