PM hits back at Australian Government telling Kiwis to go home

Ruben Fields
April 5, 2020

Germany has the third-highest number of backpackers in Australia, with some 19,000 Germans holding such visas.

Currently, 565,000 global students in Australia contribute 32.4 billion dollars to the country's economy, making the sector the third-largest largest export after iron and coal, as well as supporting some 250,000 jobs.

"Temporary visa holders who are unable to support themselves under these arrangements over the next six months are strongly encouraged to return home", Mr Tudge said in a statement.

Ms Ardern - who in February criticised Prime Minister Scott Morrison for deporting criminals to New Zealand who held Kiwi passports but did not hold established links to her country - hit out at the Australian government again on Sunday.

This is focused on supporting the critical sectors of health, aged and disability care, agriculture and food processing, and childcare.

Those visa holders who have been laid off due to COVID-19 should leave the country if they are unable to secure a new sponsor.

"They are an important part of our economy and society". Those who have lived in Australia for 10 years or more have access to JobSeeker payments for six months.

"Students are encouraged to rely on family support, part time jobs where available and their own finances to sustain themselves in Australia".

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"International tourists should return to their home country as quickly as possible, particularly those without family support". Some of them will get financial support from global education providers, while others will have some flexibility in visa conditions, like attending classes.

People in Australia on working holiday visas, typically backpackers, will also be given greater flexibility.

"Thousands are already doing this and others should follow their lead", Tudge said.

Backpacker visas: There are approximately 118,000 people on a backpacker visa who can work for six months for a single employer.

Global students working in aged care, as nurses, and in the major supermarkets, can extend their working hours if they are allowed.

Those who come to the end of their work placement and can not return home will be given assistance to move to a new placement if they agree to meet the agricultural labour demand. Accordingly, these changes include increased flexibility of several regulations to make it easier for worldwide students to continue their studies in Australia, should they wish to do so. I am very anxious about my future, but I also can't go back to Nepal immediately, ' he said.

The Australian government has introduced new advice to the 2.17 million people in Australia on temporary visas, which includes 672,000 people on the New Zealand-specific 444 visa.

"If they wish for Australia to be in a position to gear up in the aftermath of the outbreak then they will need a workforce to do that and New Zealand make up that workforce".

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