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Re: Australia [was: Wikileaks]

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  • Charlie Bell
    ... Ban ? No. Applications are much more likely to be rejected than those of applicants with no medical conditions, and I think that it s arguable that in
    Message 1 of 15 , Dec 6 3:57 AM
      On 06/12/2010, at 10:39 PM, Alberto Monteiro wrote:

      > Nick Arnett wrote:
      >>
      >>> How many secrets does Australia have that are worth leaking.
      >>> Does a significant fraction of the World's population believe
      >>> it is The Great Satan?
      >>
      >> Reminds me of the story of the lady who was applying for a visa
      >> to enter Australia. When the clerk asked her if she had a
      >> criminal record, she replied, "I had no idea one was still required."
      >>
      >> Have I used that joke here before? Well, if so, enjoy it again.
      >>
      > They don't require a criminal record, but they also ban anyone
      > whose family includes people with Down Syndrome:
      >
      > http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/26/world/asia/27australia.html

      "Ban"? No. Applications are much more likely to be rejected than those of applicants with no medical conditions, and I think that it's arguable that in many cases the rejections are arbitrary, wrong and unjustifiable. But there's no blanket ban on people with a disability.

      Canada has very similar guidelines to Australia, with the addition of an applicant being able to buy a bond that indemnifies against future medical expenses. New Zealand has quotas. I think there have to be SOME guidelines on immigration. Question is whether they're applied fairly and humanely, and in the case you cite they seemed to not be, especially as the ministerial appeal was successful. And the whole process is reviewed periodically - http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/mig/disability/report.htm is the most recent report on this issue.

      Charlie
      GCU Application Being Considered At The Moment




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