March 16, 2021
Early super call for 501s
An advocate for Australian deportees says they need more support to reintergrate back into New Zealand society.
Filipa Payne from Route 501 says the Australian Border Force's treatment of detainees has become increasingly hostile, and many people in detention centres are there because of their alleged association to criminals rather than for committing crimes themselves.
She says the New Zealand government needs to get more information on 501s before they come back.
"We need to know their stories. We need to know what services are going to be required when they get to New Zealand. We need to step up and allow their superannuation to be released so they have fund when they land on our shores, so they have empowerment We so they have empowerment, so they have choices. At the moment we have a huge strain on our welfare system from people that have never lived here and contributed to it. We need to start making adaptations to fit this more because it is not going to stop," Ms Payne says.
She says Border Force Minister Peter Dutton’s comment he was taking out the trash only serve to highlight the injustice of the Australian policy.
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