This policy change is unnecessary, cruel and part of the Government’s mandate to never resettle people in Australia. The Government have insisted that no one who arrived by boat after 19 July 2013 will ever be granted residency in Australia.

By removing access to support and rendering people destitute, the Government are attempting to coerce refugees and asylum seekers into leaving Australia and returning to Manus Island, Nauru or the country from which they fled.

The latest policy announcement reflects the Government's broader approach to asylum seekers and refugees in Australia - an approach that demonises those seeking protection, denies them compassion and basic human rights, and promotes community division and hate.