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Media release – Jeremy Rockliff, Acting Premier, 31 August 2021 Tasmania to contribute to national Afghanistan effort The unfolding crisis in Afghanistan continues to shock the world deeply and we know that there are Tasmanians who have family and friends impacted. Tasmania stands ready to support both our local Hazara community and play our role […]

Media release – Jeremy Rockliff, Acting Premier, 31 August 2021

Tasmania to contribute to national Afghanistan effort

The unfolding crisis in Afghanistan continues to shock the world deeply and we know that there are Tasmanians who have family and friends impacted.

Tasmania stands ready to support both our local Hazara community and play our role in the national effort to assist the Australian Government in its humanitarian response to the crisis through the return of Afghan people to Australia.

That’s why this coming Sunday, 5 September, Tasmania will accept a flight of around 150 returning Australians travelling from the UK in order to free up hotel space in other jurisdictions for incoming Afghan people.

This will follow a similar process to our seasonal worker program, with our dedicated international seasonal worker hotel – the IBIS in Hobart – to be used to accommodate returning Australians from the UK.

Public Health and the State Control Centre are working to ensure we have all the necessary arrangements and precautions in place.

From a COVID perspective, those travelling from the UK will be lower risk than those coming in from Kabul due to higher vaccination rates, however, it is not without risk and we will need to be prepared for a potential case of COVID from this flight.

All travellers will be subject to a negative test before travel to Australia, with regular testing undertaken during their strict 14 day hotel quarantine.

A negative test will also be required before travellers are able to leave quarantine. We will continue to prepare and put every precaution in place.

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What we are seeing unfold in Afghanistan is truly tragic and we must do what we can as a State to help in this significant humanitarian effort.

We must also do what we can to support those here in Tasmania impacted and that’s why we will provide $85,000 to service providers dealing with queries around support, including the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service, the Migrant Resource Centre North, the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania, and the Tasmanian multicultural peak body, the Multicultural Council of Tasmania (MCOT).

This support will help ensure Tasmanian Afghan/Hazara community members affected by the crisis in Afghanistan can continue to be supported in Tasmania, during this very difficult time.

We will continue working with the Commonwealth and service providers to better understand how we can assist current and future humanitarian efforts.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General, 31 August 2021

Emergency funding for the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service

The ongoing crisis in Afghanistan has shocked the world and, as a Government, we are taking action to support our Afghan and Hazara communities, their friends and family, and the vital service organisations that support them.

That’s why, as part of our $85,000 commitment announced today, I am pleased as Attorney-General and Minister for Justice to provide $50,000 in emergency funding to the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service to assist our Afghan community through this difficult time.

This funding to the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service will enable them to provide urgent advice, and lodge family reunion visa applications for Afghan Tasmanian residents who have family members in Afghanistan or in refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

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We will continue to support our local Afghan community as the international situation unfolds.


Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader, 31 August 2021

Repatriation Flight Welcome, Gutwein Government Should Also Welcome Afghanis

The Greens welcome the Acting Premier’s announcement of a repatriation flight arriving from the UK. Australians should be able to come home, and quarantine safely.

We understand that while no Afghanis will be on the repatriation flight, Tasmania will still be contributing to the resettlement effort by freeing up space for Afghanis to quarantine in other jurisdictions.

We also acknowledge the Premier’s previous statements offering for Tasmania to accept Afghani refugees and hope he follows up by making a strong representation to the Prime Minister that we want to offer true sanctuary to these desperate people.

We encourage the Gutwein Government to make it clear to the Federal Government that those fleeing Afghanistan are always warmly welcome, and we stand ready to accept refugees in the weeks and months ahead.

Lutruwita/Tasmania is a warm and welcoming place. The State Government should be encouraging resettlement on our island for as many Afghanis as possible.

There are many in the Tasmanian Hazara community who have been trying to get their families out of Afghanistan. We hope the Gutwein Liberals will make sure they can be reunited on our island, where they can make a new life with the ones they love.

The Afghanis who were lucky enough to get out of Afghanistan have been through horror to escape the Taliban.

We hope Peter Gutwein will make it clear Tasmania will welcome as many people as possible and support them when they get here.

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Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/08/on-afghanistan/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=on-afghanistan

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