Asylum seekers to be released on bridging visas

Asylum seekers to be released on bridging visas

The Federal Government is defending its decision for thousands of asylum seekers to be released into the community on bridging visas, while their asylum claims are processed.

The government has made the announcement after admitting the centres on Nauru and Manus Island are full.

Asylum seekers won’t be allowed to work, but will be given welfare payments of around $440 a fortnight to live in the community.

The move the has been slammed by the Coalition and Greens, who the government isn’t doing enough to address the problem.

Labor Senator Stpehen Conroy says its proof the Malaysia solution needs to be implemented to run alongside the Pacific Solution, but the Coalition is refusing to support this.

Meanwhile, the Australian Human Rights Commission says there are some issues with the policy, but it a step forward from detaining asylum seekers in detention centres.

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