My youngest daughter has been left in limbo in the UK after the recent National Cabinet decision to cut the cap of returning Australians by 50%.
She is a very well-organised young person and had booked her return airfare at the expiry of her two-year working visa. She had vacated her accommodation and resigned her job in Bristol to correspond with the expiry of her visa.
Now she is vulnerable, at the mercy of her friends.
She paid about four times for the return fare as it cost her to travel to the UK in June 2019, before Covid was around.
Her dream of working in England, and travelling all over the continent, financed by working two jobs in Brisbane for two years turned to dust. She got as far as Iceland and Portugal, and that was it.
Now, her government has prevented her from coming home.
Consider the strange historical symmetry in this situation remembering that fifty-two years ago, I was forced by my government to leave my home and fight as a conscript in a civil war on foreign soil.
And on each occasion, the government in power is the Coalition.
For the second time in a little over fifty years, young Australians are convenient political collateral.
So much for the Liberal Party's regard for personal freedom......