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Australia Govt urged to ramp up effort to help stranded Australians home

00:30  25 march  2020
00:30  25 march  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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Labor Senate leader Penny Wong has urged the government to ramp up its efforts to assist Australians stranded overseas as countries lock down their borders due to COVID-19.

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He had previously urged for Australians abroad to come home amid the crisis.

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Senator Wong agreed it was the right move to make, but said the government needed to have a plan to bring the remainder of those stranded home.

“The government, Mr Morrison, needs to follow the lead of other countries,” Ms Wong told Sky News.

“We need to have a plan to help bring Australians home. We need to help those Australians who are stranded with no commercial options including by subsidised or assisted departure.”

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