Asylum seeker welfare: ‘Heartless’ cuts to housing support will be challenged by Labor – Australia News



August 28, 2017 08:23:03

Labor has labelled the Government “cruel” and “heartless” over its decision to cut financial assistance to a group of asylum seekers.

Key points:

  • Pregnant women reportedly among nearly 100 people set to lose support
  • Labor says it will look to block the move in the Senate
  • Greens also looking at ways to disallow the measure

Immigration officials will meet with nearly 100 men and women over the next two days to discuss their assistance.

They will tell the individuals that their welfare is being cut and they must move out of Government-supported accommodation within three weeks.

The Opposition’s Immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann told AM Labor was examining what could be done to reverse the Government’s decision.

“We will look at whether it is possible to disallow this in the Senate, we are looking into that issue now,” he said.

Mr Neumann said Labor would consider any potential option.

“We will take it through our usual processes,” he said.

“We have very strict processes in the Labor party and we will look at it.”

Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim said his party was also examining whether Parliament could stop the measure.

“We will be taking advice about whether any aspect of what the Government is proposing to do is disallowable,” Senator McKim said.

“And if it is, then we will move in the Senate on the first day back [in Parliament] to disallow it.”

‘Utterly false’ to claim only least vulnerable will be affected

Refugee Advice and Casework Service principal solicitor Sarah Dale will represent some of the refugees.

“We have spoken to women that are indeed pregnant that…

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