AFTRTHOUGHT: Final Departure Bridging E Visa

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Today one hundred refugees transferred to offshore immigration detention centres by the Australian government will have their benefits cut.

This has caused concern amongst aid agencies and friends and family of affected the asylum seekers potentially affected. This information has come from leaked details of a new “final departure bridging E Visa” which comes into effect today. Labor leader Bill Shorten denounced the decision calling it Malcolm Turnbull’s “weakest move yet”.

AFTRS wanted to find out exactly how this will impact people on the visas. Mariam from AFTRS FM spoke to Tim O’Connor, Communications Director at Refugee Council of Australia: