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Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Sorry but you can’t stay, your son’s too much of a burden

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 1 November 2008

Australia is full of controversial moves in terms of visas and citizenship applications, so this shouldn’t be a huge surprise, but I think that it’s more disturbing than most.

The Aussie government rejected the request for permanent residence filed by a German doctor, Bernhard Moeller, for himself and his family because his son has Down’s Syndrome.

According to the government, the boy, Lukas, “would pose a burden on taxpayers for his medical care, education and other services.”  Currently, he “attends a mainstream elementary school, where he has an aide, and receives speech therapy.”  Yet he also “plays soccer, cricket, golf and table tennis.” so he isn’t THAT low functioning.

Dr Moeller has said “we are absolutely able to support him, and I don’t want him to rely on any government pension anyway. He’s well looked after. And actually, he can contribute to the community here. He already is contributing to it.” (He didn’t specify how Lukas is contributing).

The doctor was recruited to fill a critically needed internal medicine position (he is currently the only internist in a community of 54,000).

Dr Moeller plans to file appeals.

Source: CNN.com

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