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Labor's fairer Long Stay Parent Visa for Australia's migrant and multicultural communities



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BILL SHORTEN MP

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS

MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

CHRIS BOWEN MP

SHADOW TREASURER

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS

MEMBER FOR MCMAHON

TONY BURKE MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURAL

AUSTRALIA

MEMBER FOR WATSON

SHAYNE NEUMANN MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND BORDER

PROTECTION

MEMBER FOR BLAIR

LABOR’S FAIRER LONG STAY PARENT VISA FOR AUSTRALIA’S MIGRANT

AND MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITIES

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver a fairer Long Stay Parent visa so that

Australian families from migrant and multicultural backgrounds can reunite with

their loved ones.

As Australia’s migrant and multicultural communities re-establish their lives in

Australia, the ability for families to reunite with parents and grandparents still

overseas with existing visas is limited, expensive and some have wait times of up

to 50 years.

Many elderly parents want to reunite with their families but have to travel to

Australia as tourists - proving costly, frustrating, disruptive and exhausting as they

ferry between countries.

The Liberals’ unfair Temporary Sponsored Parent visa is completely different from

the commitment they took to the 2016 election - with unfair conditions and higher

fees for families wanting to reunite.

But the most heartless, callous and cruel condition of the Liberals’ visa is that they

are forcing families to choose between which parents or in-laws they reunite with

by limiting the visa to one set of parents per household.

Can you imagine the choice a family has to make in choosing which parents or

grandparents get to join them in Australia? This is what the Liberals want for

Australia’s multicultural and migrant communities.

Labor’s fairer Long Stay Parent visa will allow parents and in-laws to reunite with

their families and let all grandparents spend quality time with their grandkids.

Labor’s Fairer Long Stay Parent visa

The Liberals’ unfair Temporary Sponsored Parent visa

 Uncapped  Visas capped to 15,000 places

 Families can reunite with both sets of parents  Limited to one set of parents per household

 $2,500 for a 5-year visa  $10,000 for a 5-year visa

 $1,250 for a 3-year visa  $5,000 for a 3-year visa

 Renew in Australia  Can’t be renewed in Australia

The Liberals broke their promise to migrant and multicultural Australians when they

forced families to choose between which parents or in-laws they could reunite with

- or which grandparents get to meet and spend quality time with their grandkids.

The Liberals’ unfair Temporary Sponsored Parent visa is a broken promise to

Australia’s migrant and multicultural communities and proof Scott Morrison cannot

be trusted.

Labor’s fairer Long Stay Parent visa will be more affordable for families - unlike the

Liberal’s expensive fees that see families paying up to $40,000 to access visas.

Labor knows that modern Australia and multicultural Australia are the same thing -

which is why we value families being able to spend time together and help each

other.

Only a Shorten Labor Government will deliver a fair go for Australia’s proud

migrant and multicultural communities with our fairer Long Stay Parent visa.

MONDAY, 22 APRIL 2019

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