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Victorian firefighter stranded in Indonesia for months faces Christmas away from his children


Aussie father-of-three is stranded in Indonesia for months with no flight in sight after jetting to the country to help fight catastrophic bushfires – as his son breaks hearts on national television declaring ‘daddy is never coming home’










An Australian father-of-three faces spending Christmas away from his family after flying to Indonesia to help fight the country’s bushfires only to be left stranded by Covid-19 border restrictions.

Tom Henderson – who has three children aged four, two and 11 months – travelled to Indonesia in June but has struggled to find a flight home after Australia further limited international arrivals in July to ease pressure on hotel quarantine. 

After both flights he booked in August were cancelled, the Victorian firefighter has now been told the earliest trip home available is January 11 – almost four months away.

His wife Ashley broke down on national television on Wednesday as she told of the emotional toll the uncertainty has taken on her and the couple’s children.  

Tom Henderson has been stranded in Indonesia away from his three children because of the ongoing border caps imposed by the Australian government

Tom Henderson has been stranded in Indonesia away from his three children because of the ongoing border caps imposed by the Australian government

‘It’s tough – my son said to me the other day, “Daddy’s never coming home,” she told the Today show as she wiped tears from her face.   

Mr Henderson said securing a seat on a flight home felt nearly impossible as airlines appeared to be continually reselling tickets to the highest bidder.

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