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Labor has responded to the hardship loans announcement from Marise Payne after it was revealed the number of Australians stranded overseas has actually increased to 23,000:
It’s almost eight weeks since Scott Morrison rushed to make an announcement on caps for incoming passengers with no plan for what would happen next.
It’s almost two weeks since Scott Morrison announced to the media he had asked senior ministers for “ideas” to support those stuck overseas as a result of this cap – but tens of thousands of Australians are still stranded.
The Morrison Government has already proven it has the ability to repatriate stranded Australians with Federal quarantine arrangements – as they did at the start of the pandemic – and should act now to help stranded Australians get home.
And later today: