Or not? Yesterday most of Australia was up in arms about an elderly lady being refused her contributory parent visa and it was all across the media that she was to be sent back to the UK even though she has no family or friends there. The visa refusal was because she would be a drain on the health system, I mean come on I don't want to sound awful but how can a 96 year old be a drain on the system it's not as though she has another 50 years left in her to claim
Any way today there was another article from Chris Bowen in the paper which I've copied below, so what I want to know are they letting her stay or not
The federal government insists it has no plans to deport an ailing 96-year-old British woman being cared for by family in Tasmania.
Gladys Jefferson has been living with her daughter in northern Tasmania's White Hills since moving from the Isle of Wight last year.
She entered Australia on a tourist visa but the Department of Immigration and Citizenship subsequently rejected her contributory parent visa application.
But Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says Ms Jefferson now has a new visa application before the department and has hit back at reports claiming the government plans to deport her.
"The Australian government is not deporting nor even considering deporting Mrs Gladys Jefferson," he said in a statement.
"While I would normally not comment on a case where there is a visa application before the department, the seriousness of the false reporting has meant that it is important that I clarify the public record.
"There are no plans to remove her whatsoever."
Mr Bowen said his department was providing information to Mrs Jefferson and her family on "pathways" that would allow her to stay in the country lawfully.
But Mr Bowen did concede Mrs Jefferson's latest visa application would not necessarily be successful.
"While we sympathise with the family's circumstances, people wanting to migrate to Australia must meet visa requirements - including the health requirement - for the department to be able to lawfully grant them a visa."
Mr Bowen also took aim at the Australian Greens' immigration spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young, who accused the government of "picking on the sick and the elderly".
"Women like Gladys should not have to live out the final years of their life separated from their family simply because we have a government that wants to look like they are meaner than they actually need to be," Senator Hanson-Young told reporters in Adelaide.
Mr Bowen said: "Senator Hanson-Young might wish to check the facts for herself before commenting, rather than relying on erroneous news reports."