Immigration in Australia: Where is the compassion?

In the news over the last 24 hours is a new immigration story that Scott Morrison, Australia’s Immigration Minister is refusing to discuss.  At the heart of this story is the issue of compassion and rational thinking. Yet, as we are all coming to expect from the Australian government’s handling of immigration matters, neither compassion or rational thinking are part of the decision making.

In Queensland there is a young girl who just started school. Her name is Ari and this year she started Prep.  Instead of focusing on enjoying her first year at school, this little Australian is instead scared of being forced to leave the land she calls home.

Immigration Visa denied - ABC News Screen shot
Screen shot from ABC News – Family’s fate unclear as mother forced to leave Australia – Click picture to read article and watch news video

Immigration request for residency refused

Her mother, Eunsil Park is a citizen of South Korea. She has been living in Australia for the last eight years.  Ms Park first came to Australia as a student, but developed a relationship with Ari’s father. In 2009 she gave birth to Ari. In 2010, her relationship with Ari’s father broke down and her fiance visa came to an end. Ms Park has applied for a permanent residency visa, but it has been denied.

According to the Immigration Department, Ms Park’s application for residency is not in the best interest of the Australian public. Instead they are sending this young girl’s mum back to South Korea. As Ari is in the custody of her mother, the daughter is facing a long journey to a strange country where it is unlikely she will be given a fair treatment.

This decision by the Australian Immigration department is just wrong

It is wrong as the decision impacts the future of an Australian citizen, a young girl, who deserves the right grow up in Australia with her mother. In evicting Ms Park, the Australian government is also forcing Ari to leave Australia.

The government’s decision is made knowing

  • it has a severe impact on a young Australian citizen
  • both the mother and the child have an active relationship with the child’s Australian grandparents who will support them in Australia
  • the child will not be better off in South Korea and faces social descrimination for
    • being of mixed nationality
    • having a separated family
  • the child will be separated from her father and her father’s family
  • the mother is gainfully employed and an Australian taxpayer
  • the mother does not have a job or accommodation in South Korea

Of course, one answer is for the child to remain in Australia in the custody of the father or Grandparents. But does Australia really want to be responsible for denying a child the right to grow up without her mother?

Immigration silence

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison in PNG 2013
Scott Morrison has refused to step in and take any action with regards to Ms Park’s visa refusal and is currently not commenting on the case

Immigration Minister Greg Morrison has refused to comment on this case after denying an initial request step in and take action, saying its not in the Australian public’s best interest.

Knowing Ms Park was first in Australia on a student visa, begs the question as to whether the visa refusal is a hard line message for students who come to study in Australia and then try to stay. Does Scott Morrison care so little for a young Australian girl, innocent of either parent’s actions that he is willing to force both mother and daughter out of Australia? Is this visa denial a message to overseas students at the cost of a young Australian’s rights?

Grandparents appeal to government

The Australian grandparents (Ari’s father’s parents) have been trying to appeal to the Minister’s and the department’s compassion for the young daughter, a person they believe has not been clearly considered during the decision making process. The Australian Broadcasting Commission has reported that the immigration department has refused to pass on a second request for the decision to be reconsidered by the Minister. It would appear that the Grandparent’s beliefs are clearly justified.

This story is just another example of the lack of compassion shown by the Australian government and the bureaucrats working for the immigration department.

How refusing the mother of young Australian citizen a residency visa , is in the best interests of the Australian public is beyond any rational thinking and definitely lacking of any compassion for the innocent child.


News sources

Australian Broadcasting Commission

The Courier Mail

3 thoughts on “Immigration in Australia: Where is the compassion?”

  1. Hi Lisa – Have you left already, or are you leaving in 7 days? If your son has family here in Australia (grandparents or father) that want visitation rights, you may be able to get an extension until your case is heard in this regards – check with a lawyer – I read a case where the Australian grandparents lodged an application and a temporary visa was extended until a decision is made (still to be made). As for public interest – there are many Australians who would disagree, I personally think it is appalling, and I’m sorry that you and your child are being treated so harshly by the Australian government.


  2. I am actually in a same situation as Ms park. They forced me to leave Australia on 7 April 2014 with my Australian son. He is just 8 months old, even he hasn’t known to crawl and stand yet.
    He is forced to leave Australia with me. Why can they do that with an Australian citizen? My son deserves to get a better life in Australia. They denied my son’s rights and they said my son is not a public interest. It was a wrong decision and so terrible for us. The decision affect my son’s life. If they can deport Australian citizens, later on they can do that with everyone. Is it showed what their powers are? Where is fairness and is Australia a fair and peaceful country? Who can answer for our fate in the future?

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