Cuts worry asy­lum seeker sup­port­ers

The West Australian - - NEWS -

A Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to axe sup­port for asy­lum seek­ers in Aus­tralia for med­i­cal treat­ment is likely to be felt hard in WA, lo­cal sup­port groups say.

The coali­tion re­vealed this week it would cut wel­fare to about 100 asy­lum seek­ers who had been brought to Aus­tralia for med­i­cal treat­ment and were now re­fus­ing to re­turn to Nauru or Manus Is­land.

The asy­lum seek­ers will ei­ther be forced to find a job im­me­di­ately or an­other way to sup­port them­selves.

La­bor, which un­til now has re­fused to chal­lenge the Gov­ern­ment over its tough bor­der se­cu­rity mea­sures, has con­demned the de­ci­sion.

Perth’s Coali­tion for Asy­lum Seek­ers, Refugees and De­tainees said a dis­pro­por­tion­ate num­ber of those asy­lum seek­ers were in WA.

A spokes­woman for Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton said the claims about the num­ber of asy­lum seek­ers in Perth were wrong. Nick But­terly

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