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Grant Ms Lisa Le stay in Australia with her son an Australian Citizen

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I am appealing to the Minister to re-consider the case of Vietnam-born Lisa Le, who is facing a deportation order, and support her request for him to use his power to allow her to stay in Australia.

Lisa's 2-year-old son William was born in Australia, of an Australian father, and is therefore an Australian citizen. William's parents were married in 2010 and finally separated in 2013 after significant and repeated family violence. Lisa's application for a partner visa was refused in the context of the multiple separations. Lisa ultimately left her husband in fear for her life and that of her unborn child and has lived in six different women's refuges.

There is a current Family Court Order which directs Lisa to be the sole carer of William but requires the father to be involved in their son's life. But Lisa's deportation order has now left her with a dreadful choice. Either she permanently separates from her son and leaves him in Australia without a carer; or she takes him with her when she is forced to leave, separating her Australian citizen son from his country and his father indefinitely.

This is an inhumane choice to which a young mother is being subjected. Lisa came to Australia as a tertiary student, she has developed her English language to a high level, and she has exercised her skills in the work force. She would be a valuable citizen of our country.

To its credit, the Australian government has spoken strongly about the need to treat domestic violence seriously and provide better support for women who are subjected to it. These words need to be matched with action. No woman should be forced to choose between staying in an abusive relationship and being deported and separated from her child.



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