I am a dual citizen of Ireland and Australia. I left Australia on 10th July as my mama who lives in Ireland had a cardiac arrest, she then passed away on the 12th July. I was welcomed into my home country with no issues.

I had flights booked to return to Melbourne in September, where I work (as an essential worker) and study, and have done for the last 12 years. My flights were changed and then cancelled.

I have been rebooked for October into Sydney.

I hope to get back on this flight as like many other Australians stranded overseas the Australian government are placing vulnerable citizens under financial burden and emotional distress. We are seen as a threat.

There has been a lack of compassion, support and empathy for stranded Australians.

About the Author

America Josh

I had a fantastic life in Adelaide and in Australia but thought in late 2015 that it was time to do something new. I handed over control of my company, sold my house, car, and even gave away my cat (“Aslan”) to start on my journey to New York.

I arrived in New York on January 10, 2017, from Adelaide, South Australia and in March 2017, I started America Josh to help make the transition to the US from wherever you’re from just a little bit easier.

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