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To: Hon David Coleman MP, Federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

Stop cruel cuts to support for asylum seekers living in the community

We call on the Federal Government to stop its cruel cuts to basic support for people seeking asylum who are living in the Australian community. This support is provided through the SRSS program.

Why is this important?

The Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) Program provides vital support to individuals and families living in the Australian community while they wait for their refugee status to be finalised.

It provides help with the basics of life like housing, food, clothing, medical services and the costs of putting kids through kinder and school. It also provides access to counselling and mental health support.

The Federal Government has a responsibility to provide support to people until they get the outcome of their asylum claims and can move forward with their lives in a positive way.

Australians support each other when we hit hard times and we are asking the Federal Government to do the same.

We need to back our neighbours, friends and local communities instead of leaving the people who need our help most to suffer in silence.

The Back Your Neighbour Campaign is a coalition of Australian local governments working with community groups, welfare organisations and ordinary Australians who oppose cuts aimed at the most vulnerable members of our community.

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Reasons for signing

  • Cutting off support for asylum seekers at a time when they desperately need it is nothing short of cruelty and totally unethical. It seems to be aimed at making people choose to starve to death or go back to the place they fled from - sheer nastiness cooked up by some very malicious minds. It makes me feel ashamed to call myself Australian. What happened to "Give everyone a fair go" and "Don't kick people when they are down", let alone "Lend a helping hand to those in need"?
  • Because the innate dignity of each human being has nothing whatsoever to do with their circumstances. If all human beings appreciated this one profound reality, our conduct towards one another would be caring and respectful. This would be a true measure of 'civilisation', and Australia society has not achieved this.
  • Asylum seekers should be supported and welcomed


2019-03-14 14:53:12 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-03-14 11:33:37 +1100

500 signatures reached

2019-02-12 10:25:05 +1100

100 signatures reached

2019-02-11 20:06:51 +1100

50 signatures reached

2019-02-11 12:52:36 +1100

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2019-02-11 09:02:34 +1100

10 signatures reached