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‘Desperate to return home’: Politicians call for more help for Australians stranded overseas

Australians stranded overseas have blasted the Morrison government for not doing enough to aid those still desperate to return home. Source: Supplied

With over 25,000 Australians currently stranded overseas, there are extended calls for more help to bring them home. Preetinder Singh Grewal reports…

The federal government has told the states to put in place plans to accept more international arrivals as it wants to see the weekly cap on arrivals lifted from 4000 a week to 6000.

Meanwhile, Mandish Kalsi who was working in Peru when the coronavirus hit, is desperate to return home.

She wasn't worried to begin with as she had a flight home booked for June, but it was cancelled.

Since then she hasn't found a way to return to Australia.

[What I miss most about Australia is my family and friends, I am here by myself in Peru and I would really just like to be with them again.] 

The issue is expected to be high on the agenda at National Cabinet on Friday. 

That story by Lucy Murray for SBS News, produced by Preetinder Singh Grewal for SBS Punjabi. 

Residents in metropolitan Melbourne are subject to stay-at-home orders and can only leave home for food and essential supplies, work, study, exercise or care responsibilities. People are also advised to wear masks in public.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits. 

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. 

News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus 

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