After meeting with the national cabinet, Australian PM Scott Morrison said in a press conference, “If students are not in a position to support themselves then there is an alternative for them to return to their home countries.”
He added, “All students who come to Australia…have to give a warranty that they are able to support themselves for the first 12 months of their study. That is not an unreasonable expectation of the government, that students would be able to fulfil the commitment that they gave.”
(Source: ABC news)
Mr Morrison said it was “lovely to have visitors to Australia in good times”. But now they should “make your way home” and “ensure that you can receive the supports that are available…in your home countries.
“At this time, Australia must focus on its citizens. Our focus and our priority is on supporting Australians and Australian residents with the economic supports that are available.”
The comments from PM have disappointed Australian education leaders.
Currently, there are more than 500,000 international students in Australia, many of whom have lost the jobs due to sudden close-down.
Students have reported to face quite a stress in the beginning.
However, over the time several students have assorted using their savings.
The CISA (Council of International Students Australia) expressed disappointment saying the comments from PM had left a lot of students with no hope.