Groups turn up the heat on Qantas, in effort to end LGBTQ deportations

Qantas, best known as a trusted Australian airline by many, is now becoming known for something more sinister.

The Department of Home Affairs uses Qantas, the largest airline in Australia, to transport asylum seekers for involuntary deportations, often to countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQ.

Rapper MIA, comedian and presenter Tom Ballard, Australian journalist Ben Law and film producer Charlotte Mars are among the 150 high-profile supporters backing the ‘Stop Deportations to Danger‘ campaign.

The group are calling on Qantas to stand by ‘the spirit of Australia’ and end their involvement in the government’s policy.

Last year, Qantas came under heavy criticism for deporting dozens of asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka, where they faced torture.

Rights groups have accused the airline of being ‘part of human rights abuses.’

Qantas have refused to review their policy.

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