Compassion – it’s DIMIA’s middle name

You’re not going to believe this, but Chris Bowen’s Department of Immigration is doing something monstrous. Not transporting child asylum seekers to Malaysia (although of course it’s trying to do that, too) – no, this is trying to deport a bedridden 96-year old from her family’s care:

A 96-year-old British woman has been refused a visa to live out her days in northern Tasmania with her only surviving family.

The Immigration Department says Gladys Jefferson was refused a visa because she would be a burden on the welfare system.

But it has frustrated her Australian family who say she has the means to pay her own way.

This isn’t a freak case, by the way. They did the same with Keri’s near-death great Aunt with dementia and Down’s Syndrome, despite the fact that her family was fully covering her expenses and she desperately needed them to care for her.

No, this is the basic practice of DIMIA, attempting to force these very sick people onto a plane at regular intervals precisely because they’re so sick.

The policy needs urgent reform. Paging the old Chris Bowen.

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8 responses to “Compassion – it’s DIMIA’s middle name

  1. narcoticmusing

    You can’t spell DIMIA without dim

  2. This is a stupid decision… You do not make decisions that you cannot carry out.

    Could you imagine the headlines an the pictures if they attempted to put this woman on a plane. If I was family, I would not worry too much about the government threats.

    The PM needs to intervene today and tell the department to get real.

  3. Splatterbottom

    This sort of thing goes in NZ and Canada. In the latter case the courts have intervened.

  4. Its ridiculous because (as Catching Up said) airlines won’t fly people who are at serious risk of not surviving the flight. But that doesn’t mean the family has nothing to worry about. The very fact that they have to think about this, that they have to appeal and have to expend energy dealing with this – its easy from the outside, when the consequences of the decision don’t actually effect you, to see that this decision won’t be enforced, but I wouldn’t be prepared to rely on that if it was my mum in that position.

    This sort of thing is stuffed. I thought we were sposed to be “better” than that as a culture.

  5. ___This is not a duplicate___

    “Ms Grigg says that was refused last week and now her bed-ridden mother faces deportation to the UK.

    “The bottom line is she doesn’t fit the health requirements and she would be a drain on the Australian pocket,” she said.

    But Australia has extremely deep pockets, after all there’s an unlimited bucket of money that is used to obstruct asylum seekers.

    I’m appalled but not surprised.

  6. I’m equally appalled (and equally unsurprised) that we continue to get fed this xeno-porn from every corner about “queue jumpers” and “boat people” invasions and the urgent need to “get tough on” them.
    And that we continue to pay the networks, the print press and the Aunty to feed it to us.
    And that the by-products of this nuking of the public discourse (such as MPs losing their pecker on such issues) can somehow still catch us with our pants down.

  7. narcoticmusing

    A court will rarely authorise an action that would crush the subject.

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