Australian Government Extends 860 Temporary Visas To Stranded Palestinians

The Albanese government has granted 860 temporary visas to desperate Palestinians over the past few weeks.

According to the ABC report, the group have been issued with visitor visas which would allow them to stay in the country for between three and 12 months.

Despite the hundreds of temporary visas issued, the ABC claimed that the majority of the cohort would remain trapped in Gaza.

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On Tuesday this week, the government managed to help evacuate 67 people via the Rafah border crossing into Egypt. 

The Albanese government has faced criticism from the opposition for not publicly announcing its plan to provide additional temporary visas to non-Australian citizens. 

The undisclosed decision has triggered concerns about transparency and security.

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Shadow immigration minister Dan Tehan voiced his disapproval, urging Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil to “come clean” about the decision and provide more details to the Australian public. 

Mr Tehan told Sky News Australia such information was surfacing through the media rather than being officially communicated by the government.

“It would be very good if we understood what visas are being granted and what security checks are being undertaken as part of the granting of these visas. Clare O’Neil and (Immigration Minister) Andrew Giles need to come clean and let the Australian people know exactly what they’re doing and how they’re going about it,” Tehan stated.

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