Cuts worry asylum seeker supporters
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