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Please Help Our Family Live An Extraordinary Life In Australia

This petition had 28,782 supporters

We've exhausted all options to stay, except one. Ministerial Intervention. We have been given one last opportunity to plead to the Minister. Please check out our latest update below to discover how you can help with the process.

We will face deportation on the 2nd of November, 2016, unless the department accepts our application for Ministerial Intervention.

Media Release:


My name is Phillip. I am 20 years old and I have lived in Australia for 13 years.

Amy, is my 18 year old sister. Born in Australia in 1997, she has lived here for 11 years.

Our home is the beautiful city of Gold Coast, where we live with our caring parents. Around us, our beloved friends, with whom we share our most precious and delightful memories. We are leaders and active members of the Australian community, and we continue to make a positive contribution through working with numerous not-for-profits that support the Australians.

… and this is all about to be taken away from us.

In 2013, our family was assessed for the grant of permanent residency by then Minister, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, subject to health and character assessments.

More than two years later, our family was granted, instead of permanent residency, Visitor visas expiring on the 22nd of December, 2015.

This sudden change of decision has left our family absolutely soul-crushed. It is nothing more than a slow, tormenting walk towards an inevitable doom – separation of our family, goodbyes to my dearest friends and deportation from the country I proudly call home. 

With the assistance from the Hon Karen Andrews MP, we have since made numerous representations to the Minister for explanations and reconsiderations. Was there something wrong with our health and character assessment? Can you please provide us with reasons for your change of decision? 

The answer is always the same: the Minister believes the decision is reflective of the best interest of the Australian public.

The implications of this decision are horrific. It is difficult to comprehend that it is impossible to have a bright future in Australia and be recognised as - an Australian. Student visa is not an option - international student fees are unaffordable, let alone for two, even with the UQ Academic Excellence Scholarship I received, which has since expired due to being unable to commence studies.

It is my deepest passion to create a positive impact through creativity and leadership. I have, and always will, continue to do all I can to make the world I touch a better place by giving back to the community that has blessed me with endless opportunities. And although I am hesitant to share my achievements, in all modesty, I believe our sibling's Overall Position 1, my position as School Captain, receiving the Australian Defence Force Leadership & Teamwork Award and the Caltex All-rounder Award, as well as our sibling's employment with Bunnings Warehouse, reflect our continuing commitment to the Australian community.

Dear reader, it is my firm belief that home is where the heart is. Where our heart belongs is in this beautiful city of Gold Coast. We are Australians.

In Verse 2 of our national anthem, we sing "For those who've come across the seas / We've boundless plains to share".

Please help our family show the Minister the real interest of the public. Please light up the gloomy future for our family, so that we can continue to live a happy, extraordinary life in Australia, as Australians.

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