Australia's migrant workforce and temporary visa holders face destitution amid the coronavirus pandemic. They are one of the groups most affected by the government's inaction regarding the economic impacts of COVID-19.
To address the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Scott Morrison must not discriminate on the basis of nationality or visa. It is not possible to have strong and protected communities if we leave the most vulnerable behind.
So, we are calling the Latin American Community in Australia to urge the federal government to extend eligibility for the JobKeeper Program to all migrant workers regardless of their visa status. We need to make sure that everyone in our society is protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Get involved in our call to "No Worker Left Behind" by emailing the Members of Parliament.
WHO TO EMAIL
Email one or more of these Members of Parliament (MPs):
Hon. Mr. Christian Porter MP
Minister for Industrial Relations
(02) 6277 7300
Hon. Mr. Alan Tudge MP
Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs
(02) 6277 7790
Dr. Fiona Martin MP
Member for Reid
(02) 6277 4156
Ms. Gladys Liu MP
Member for Chisholm
(02) 6277 4155
Mr. John Alexander OAM MP
Member for Bennelong
(02) 6277 4804
HOW TO WRITE AN EMAIL
Email can be an effective way to start communications with your representative. Use the MPs full name when writing to them. For example, rather than writing “Dear David Coleman”, you would write “Dear Hon. Mr. David Coleman MP”.
It’s worth remembering they can receive huge numbers of emails on a huge range of issues. In many cases they get lots of emails saying the same thing.
Personalise your email as much as possible to make it stand out. Keep your letter short and to the point. As with any communication with a representative, the more people they hear from, the more likely they are to act. So, if you can, get others to email as well.
What you can include in your email:
How you or others are affected by the coronavirus
Why the wage subsidy, which is going to vote on Wednesday, should be extended to migrant workers
Why that MP and the Government should care about this issue.
If you don’t get a reply it can be worth a follow-up phone call a few days later. Try to get a timeframe for their response for the Parliamentary vote on wage subsidies. That way you can hold them to it and contact them again if they miss the agreed deadline.
To download our email template for migrant workers, click the link HERE.
TAKE YOUR ACTION TODAY!
To engage in helping and supporting our Latin American community impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, seek or share information, events, news, forums, and critical connection and collaboration opportunities during this time of mass isolation, join our community at COVID-19 Support Group.
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