I work with a guy who has just had his application for permanent residency rejected by the Department of Immigration. He was previously on a 457 working Visa. His partner is allowed temporary residency as well on this visa.
His application has been rejected because they are in a same sex relationship.
This is crazy on SO MANY LEVELS! Now they have 28 days to sort something out, or leave the country.
Only yesterday we heard that a German family have been granted residency, after their initial application was refused as their son has Down Syndrome. Dr Moeller was working as a doctor in rural Australia, but the Immigration department felt his son may be a drain on the medical system. This decision was overturned yesterday by the Minister for Immigration, Chris Evans.
Under the Howard government we witnessed such appalling attitudes to immigration. But the underlying law forming our Immigration policies are still discriminatory.
My friend could have got residency if …
a) his partner was Australian (even if same sex)
b) he lied in his application that he was single (as he qualified on all other respects)
So it’s OK for the Government to let in a same sex couple into Australia under a 457 Visa scheme – as long as they leave at the end of the day.