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.