26 Feb 2017 The Sydney Morning Herald by Michael Koziol

Asylum seekers have been told they will lose their welfare payments, bridging visas and right to seek asylum unless they urgently submit applications for protection, as the Turnbull government cracks down on the “legacy caseload” of boat arrivals.

The Department of Immigration has begun issuing warning notices to hundreds of the approximately 12,000 asylum seekers in the community who came to Australia by boat prior to July 2013 but are yet to make applications for refugee status.

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