Australia accused of discriminating against disabled migrants

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Australia accused of discriminating against disabled migrants

When Luca was born in a Perth hospital two years ago, it flipped his parents’ world in ways they never expected.

With the joy came a shocking diagnosis: Luca had cystic fibrosis. Then Australia - Laura Currie and her husband Dante’s home for eight years - said they couldn't stay permanently. Luca, his parents were told, could be a financial burden on the country.

“I think I cried for like a week - I just feel really, really sorry for Luca,” Ms Currie says. “He's just a defenceless two-and-a-half-year-old and doesn't deserve to be discriminated against in that way.”

With a third of its population born abroad, Australia has long seen itself as a “migration nation” - a multicultural home for immigrants that promises them a fair go and a fresh start. The idea is baked into its identity. But the reality is often different, especially for those who have a disability or a serious medical condition.

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They’ve been here 8 years on working visas, neither is a permanent resident.

Unfortunately Australia does not grant citizenship by birth unless at least one of the parents is a permanent resident.

Not sure what their plans were, but it sure is a shitty situation if they were anywhere close to being granted permanent visas.

To me this just demonstrates how fucked our working visa system is.


I would argue its the system doing exactly what its meant to do.

The whole point of migration and visas is that you get to choose who you allow in, get to pick the skills and abilities your country needs, in exchange for the ability to work there and/or apply for citizenship.

Immigration is meant to be selective, meant to be picky, and meant to fill gaps your country has. Is it harsh, and more than a little cold - absolutely. But that is what Immigration is.

Excrubulent , edited

I think your assessment of what immigration does is accurate, but the conclusion I come to from that fact isn't, "actually this is fine" but "actually fuck borders".

Also, the idea that a disabled person will be a net negative to a country because of their "financial burden" is incredibly short sighted. There's no consideration there that maybe *kicking out a disabled two year old* might have negative effects on the fabric of society.

The Australian state in particular has been on an anti-human rights kick of late. This is just more evidence of their complete indifference to humanity, and it is eroding their legitimacy.


Yeah here's a good reason not to kick out disabled people: if I ever feel like I want to immigrate to another country, I sure as hell am not going to go to Australia now. Not when there's a chance I'll have a child born while waiting for citizenship to be approved. But maybe they don't need more engineers in Australia.

Excrubulent , edited

There's the reputational damage for sure, plus people who live here can see what a shitty government we have, and the more this kind of shit happens, the more people start to want to smash things.

Like, back when the right wing Liberal government last got back into power, they sent the federal police on an illegal raid of our national broadcaster's journalism offices, and they stole a bunch of evidence of things they were investigating. You know, straight fascist shit. Turns out that raid revealed the identity of David McBride who blew the whistle on Australian special forces' war crimes in Afghanistan. Now we've got a "Labor" government, and guess who just went to prison for that whistleblowing? David McBride. Guess how many people doing actual war crimes went to prison. It was none. Our supposedly for the people left wing government did nothing to intervene, even though they could.

Also the conservative government did a robodebt scheme that coldly calculated debts and slapped the most vulnerable welfare recipients with thousands of dollars of debt based on technicalities. A lot of people committed suicide as a result. The debts were pretty much all bullshit, and there was illegal information sharing between departments to make this scheme happen. Guess who's being prosecuted for this scheme now under our "Labor" government? If you guessed the whistleblower that exposed the illegal behaviour, you'd be right. His name is Richard Boyle.

At a certain point people start to realise that the state just isn't on our side and we need to do something about it, and that something isn't elections, because nobody is coming to help us regardless of who we elect.


First of all, thanks for coming in with an actual arguement - not typical of many of my comments here.

My arguement back is that immigration Australia, or more to the point the individual case manager, is not responsible for the wider fabric of Australian society. Their purpose is getting right people to right place. Immigrants get told to leave, visas expire all the time and its done in a processed way - individual visas are noting compared to the wider focus.

I can do the same thing with many of the hats I wear - as a coach I am responsible for keeping my kids safe and involved in the sport, not the wider direction of sports in my county. As a tutor im responsible for getting my 30 students through the course, not the wider academic achievements of the university. As a parent im responsible for raising three good adults, not the future of the country. Immigration Australia is responsible for filling skill gaps - thats it.

In a perfect world we could take wider holistic views of individual decisions and its effects on the wider population, but its just not realistic. Similar to your "fuck borders" arguement - basic human action and game theory are why borders exist in the first place.


immigration Australia, or more to the point the individual case manager, is not responsible for the wider fabric of Australian society

Sure they are. That's literally what you said their job was 5 minutes ago, and that's their stated intention. They think the disabled 2 year old is bad for Australian society.


No, their job is to follow the process they are given. You're assuming their job is to change the rules because otherwise it will affect the wider society.

Your physical ability, and the potential burden it would place on society is a part of that processes - their job isn't to make an exemption because wider society might not like it.

Excrubulent , edited

You went straight from justifying it according to the good it supposedly does for society into "not my job; not my problem". But that's been explained to you, and you weasel-worded your way out of it.


First of all, thanks for coming in with an actual arguement - not typical of many of my comments here.

That's a massive red flag on two levels. Firstly I find people who make a big song and dance about how much they love being so reasonable and calm and civil about everything are actually very likely to immediately transition into spouting off some bullshit. Secondly... well you straight up said you don't usually get reasonable answers, which you seem to think reflects badly on everyone else but actually just reflects badly on you. If it smells like shit everywhere you go, check your shoe. I was telling you that your value system is monstrous. I did it *politely* but please don't take that as respect for what you *said*.

Like, I was trying to tell you that being able to soberly assess the grim reality of what borders actually do, and then use that as *justification* for those horrific actions, actually makes you a monster. Then you immediately took a completely un-self-aware journey through an autobiographical account of *The Banality of Evil*. When everyone just accepts their position in society and acts like a cog in the machine completely devoid of any agency or ability for judgment, then those who hold the levers of society can steer that machine straight into fascism. "When good people fail to act, evil prevails." That's you. You're the person who would rather let evil win than rock the boat, and it makes you a coward. You don't have to be a coward, but as long as you continue to act in the way you have said that you do, that's what you are.

Also, if you pay attention to actual game theory, being good to people as a default position always gives better results. The Australian government was incredibly shitty to these people with absolutely no provocation from them. The agents who betray others tend to get fucked over in the long run, because everyone else stops feeling like they owe them anything. That's one of the big reasons why this policy is self-defeating. If the cogs that make the machine run start to believe the machine is evil, they will stop letting it run.


The whole point of migration and visas is that you get to choose who you allow in

That's fascist.


Thats fact




Luca, his parents were told, could be a financial burden on the country.

Oh hell that is *evil*. How can you even kick a child's parents out of a country? He will be even more of a burden if the state has to take care of him.

mecfs [OP]

It’s so weird, like I was born in Australia and moved away at the age of 4 and somehow have citienship? I wasn’t born disabled but am now. The system is so weird.


They want the two year old to leave the country and move somewhere he's never been because he's disabled.

Hey, you know who else wanted to remove disabled people from his country using violence? Hitler.


This is the best summary I could come up with:

And after years of fighting for it, they are hoping for change in the coming weeks, with an official review of the health requirements under way.Laura Currie and Dante Vendittelli had moved from Scotland for jobs that Australia desperately needs.

She and her husband Qasim fought to stay in Australia in a case that drew global attention.Their son Shaffan was born in 2014 with a rare genetic condition and a damaged spinal cord.

Instead, he found jobs in cafes, in supermarkets and taxi apps to make ends meet.“They should realise that's a very difficult situation - you shouldn't put people in the limelight,” Ms Butt says.

It’s a snag that has hit Claire Day’s plans for her and her family to follow her brother, who moved to Australia a few years ago.Her younger daughter Darcy, who is nearly 10, has Down Syndrome.

Their social media feeds are full of promotional videos fronted by former British police officers, showing them living the Australian dream, patrolling the beach in sand buggies and relaxing in the surf.

Social worker Shizleen Aishath says she was “gobsmacked” to find out about the health requirement - and she discovered it the hard way.A former UN employee, she came to Australia for a further degree with every intention of returning to the Maldives.

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Flying Squid

The abled ones too, just not to the same degree.

mecfs [OP]

Imagine though. That family lived in Australia for eight years straight, their kid was born in Australia, and they have to leave because their kid who was born in Australia has a disability. Crazy!


Excluding disabled people from society is fascist. Australia is literally a fascist dictatorship. Death to the king!

Wanderer , edited

Countries don't allow anyone in. They get to pick and choose who they want. That's literally how immigration works.

If they let anyone in and gave then free healthcare then everyone could just go there and get free healthcare. That's doesn't make and sense, that's completely unsustainable.

They are on a working visa. They aren't on some 1950's move here and become a citizen visa.


We're not talking about letting anyone in.

These two were working towards becoming citizens. They were already here.


I meant permanently.

They must be on temporary visas. A temporary visa is not a visa to citizenship.


They would have been on a 457 visa which means they were indeed temporary, but they had skills in demand. It *is* a pathway to citizenship.

Point is, we're not just letting people show up for medical treatment.


It's a potential pathway not a guarantee.


I didn't say it was a guarantee. I'm rebutting your assertion that they're here for free healthcare.


How is having a larger workforce that can support more free healthcare not sustainable? Do you think migrants don't work or anything?


If anyone could go there for free healthcare then a lot of people without free healthcare would go there.

If free healthcare care is so easy why doesn't ever country do it?