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Media Release 21 Feb 2017

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Media Release 21 Feb 2017

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) would once again express its disappointment with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Minister, in their refusal to grant permanent resident status to the Ingram family.

The Ingram family have been denied residency due to the possible future health needs of Jacqueline Ingram, wife and mother. Jacqueline and her family moved to Australia in 2011 from South Africa seeking a better life for her family. She and Clive, her husband, have two children. The family have been denied residency as Jacqueline has kidney disease. By all accounts her condition is under control; she leads a healthy life with little compromise.

Both Jacqueline and Clive are educated professionals: Clive has a law degree from South Africa and Jacqueline a Masters (MBA) from the USA. Both are working within the disability sector in Canberra, and both have undertaken studies in Australia in order to work.

The Ingrams believe that their application is now before the minister, which is of little comfort given that DIBP informed them they are to exit Australia by 7 pm Wednesday night. After many years in Australia, the family are relocating back to South Africa, being forced to leave behind their current life, friends and jobs within the disability sector.

Again, this Government is discriminating against people who live with disability. Australia is losing good, hardworking and educated people who have chosen Australia as their home. “This is a travesty,” said NEDA President Suresh Rajan, “again I would urge concerned people to contact the Minister and let the Government know that this is inappropriate, that change is needed, and to overturn both this injustice and the legislation that enables it to happen.”

The family has an online petition. “I would encourage everybody to sign on, we must change this unfair system” stated Dwayne Cranfield NEDA CEO.

Please follow the link below.

For further information, please contact NEDA CEO Mr Dwayne Cranfield on 02 62626867 or NEDA President Mr Suresh Rajan on 0413436001.