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Vulnerable Australians being left behind amid scramble for seats on coronavirus repatriation flights 

Composite image of a woman sitting down holding a dog and a takeaway coffee cup (left) and a woman standing in the snow (right).
Vulnerable Australians stuck overseas, like Kate Monroe (left) and Simone Platovnjak (right), have missed out on repatriation flights despite being told they are first in line to get home.(Supplied)

       

While the Department of Foreign Affairs maintains it is prioritising the most needy, Australians listed as vulnerable have told 7.30 they have missed out on the latest flights.

“They may as well have just drawn us all out of a hat,” said 28-year-old Kate Monroe, who is stranded in the UK.

“I’d been in tears thinking that I was going to be coming home.

“Once I got to the payment information, an error had occurred. That flight was just gone.”

Some Australians who secured seats conceded on social media they were probably not as vulnerable as others.

“People have got these flights and they may not necessarily be as vulnerable as the rest of us, so it was heartbreaking,” Ms Monroe said.

Another Australian deemed vulnerable, 21-year-old Simone Platovnjak in London, also failed to get a repatriation seat after selecting a flight.

“I got to checkout and the page glitched and I went to refresh it and I lost it,” she said.

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