Stranded Aussies keep rising, but PM sticks to 'home by Christmas' promise

Sarah Basford Canales
Harley Dennett
By Sarah Basford Canales, and Harley Dennett
Updated November 26 2020 - 8:54am, first published 8:30am
Senator Kristina Keneally has called for the creation of federal quarantine facilities to allow more Australians to return home.

The number of Australians stranded overseas wanting to return to the country before Christmas has risen to nearly 37,000 with those regarded as "vulnerable" doubling to more than 8000 as the government scrambles to organise assisted flights ahead of Christmas, a public hearing has revealed.

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Sarah Basford Canales

Sarah Basford Canales

Canberra Times journalist

I'm a federal politics and public sector reporter with an interest in national security, integrity and regulation. Contact me with general tips and thoughts at sarah.basfordcanales@canberratimes.com.au or confidential tips to sbasfordcanales@protonmail.com.

Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Senior Political Reporter

I'm the federal politics bureau chief for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to journalism, where I've covered seven federal budgets, four national elections, Defence, public service and international governance.

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