FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR KIWIS LIVING IN OZ AFFECTED BY COVID-19

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As the situation around Covid-19 worsens by the day, the fear of falling through the financial loop holes the Australian Govt has created to stop Kiwis living in Oz on non protected special category visas accessesing welfare payments increases. 

Many of us have been here for years, have created families here, purchased and even built our own houses, contributed to the Australian economy and paid our taxes all while recieving little to no assistance from the Australian Govt (other than family tax benefit and child care subsidy). Thats not the issue here today though, I think its safe to say the majority here did not come here for handouts, we are hard working people trying to make a better life for ourselves and our children. Our lives are rooted in Australia, this is now our HOME away from home. Simply "going back home" isnt an option for most in terms of practicality (not to mention the enourmous strain it would place on NZ if the thousands of expats in Oz all suddenly migrated home), plus when this is all over the people asking for help want to return to work and provide for their families JUST AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE DONE SO! 

With fear growing that more bussineses will close and the risk of suddenly finding oneself being unemployed, the Australian and NZ Govt NEED TO STEP UP AND TAKE ACTION NOW! There are thousands of Kiwis about to fall into severe financial hardship because neither govt is prepared to help them.

Relief packages are becomming available on both sides of the Tasman and us kiwis in oz cant access either of them! Kiwis in Oz do not meet the criteria to access Newstart allowance if they find themselves without work (with the exception of those on non protected SCV who have been here for 10 years can access a one off payment). So where does that leave us? Stuck in a country we love and support financially and dont want to leave, yet facing the real possibility we may eventually be left with no option but to do so.

Jacinda Ardern - this is your problem too! You are potentially facing an influx of kiwis returning back home that the country cannot handle! It will bring with it heightened levels of Covid-19, increased unemployment and therefore increased welfare payments and will worsen the housing shortage as thousands of families who will be facing 14 day isolation rules return back home. 

WE ARE ASKING FOR THE NZ GOVT AND AUSTRALIAN GOVT TO WORK TOGETHER TO OFFER A COVID19 RELIEF PACKAGE FOR KIWIS LIVING IN OZ! This will not mean ongoing changes to the welfare kiwis can access long term, this will not mean changes to special category visas, this will simply offer kiwis the same support ANY other nationality is entitled to durring these troubling times. 

Scott Morrison - DO THE AUSTRALIAN THING AND SHOW SOME COMPASSION TO YOUR FELLOW KIWIS WHEN IT IS NEEDED THE MOST.