On September 2nd, 2021, a significant number of Concerned Catholic leaders in the Australian community wrote to all our elected representatives to urge them to take decisive action action to protect those to whom we made promises and those who aspired for more in Afghanistan. We asked for three specific things in light of the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan:
- To work with other countries to ensure that people who wish to leave Afghanistan remain free to do so.
- Australia commit to taking 20,000 people in danger in addition to the existing humanitarian intake.
- Grant permanent residency to those living here on temporary protection visas and fast track family reunion.
The full letter is available here.
To date, we have only had one response from the Department of Home Affairs which is available here.