Please Give Bhajan Kaur Permanent Australian Residency
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I would like to see Bhajan Kaur receive Permanent Australian Residency. Luckily, her family have the means to support her at home and she is physically well.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has refused Bhajan's application for permanent residency, saying her disability would make her a "significant health burden" to the Australian community.
And the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Alex Hawke, has declined her family's appeal to intervene.
Bhajan will either have to return alone to her birthplace of Singapore, and go into an institution for the first time in her life, or, as is more likely, her family will be unwillingly broken up. Her brother will leave his wife and son (and job) in Australia to return with her to Singapore and an uncertain future.
Each morning Bhajan Kaur gets up, makes tea and pedals away on her exercise bike.
She sweeps the floor, dances to Bollywood music, and potters around the garden of her East Doncaster home. She shares it with her extended family, who she has lived with all her life.
Bhajan is a gentle person whose intellectual disability means she cannot live independently.
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