Refugees and asylum seekers hit by Coalition cuts

Thousands will lose income and rental support over coming months

Helen Davidson – The Guardian – 12 June 2018

Sarvenaz, a refugee on a five-year protection visa, lost her special benefits payment on orientation day for her first semester at university.

“They actually didn’t tell me, they just cut it off without explanation,” Sarvenaz says. “I went to Centrelink to check what’s going on and they said because you were studying we have to automatically stop your payment from the beginning of the semester.

“I didn’t know how to survive, how to support my family.”

Sarvenaz is among the thousands of refugees and asylum seekers to lose income and rental support over coming months under federal government cuts labelled “cruel” and unprincipled by charity groups.