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An Indonesian Christian, his wife and seven-year-old son have lost their 15-year struggle to gain
refugee status in Australia.


ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: An Indonesian Christian's 15-year struggle to gain refugee status in
Australia has come to an end.

Now Dicky Susanto, his wife and seven-year-old son face imminent deportation.

His supporters say the Immigration Department has handled the case badly because his brother was
granted residency in identical circumstances.

The psychiatrist is concerned about the mental health of the family and particularly their
seven-year old son, who spent his entire life in Australia.

David Mark reports.

DAVID MARK, REPORTER: After a decade and a half, these could be the last few days at home for this
Sydney family.

DICKY SUSANTO, ASYLUM SEEKER: I feel this my home, already, you know. I know. But, why they want me
to go home, you know?

DAVID MARK: Dicky Susanto, his wife Hennie Isamiadi and their seven-year-old son Gavin have been
negotiating the Immigration bureaucracy, hoping for a new life in Australia.

Mr Susanto's fight began when he and his brother Argus fled Indonesia in 1996. The two Chinese
Christians claim they were the victims of racial and religious vilification and abuse in the dying
days of president Suharto's regime.

Mr Susanto says the final straw came when their grocery business in Jakarta was burned down.

DICKY SUSANTO: That's why my shop, that's got burnt, you know. That happened, and that time, I run
away here.

DAVID MARK: Both brothers applied for refugee status in Australia. Both were turned down and both
appealed to the Refugee Review Tribunal.

His brother Argus was successful and was granted refugee status. But Dicky Susanto's appeal was
turned down.

DICKY SUSANTO: When we come here, and we got same ground, same story, we come on the same day, on
the same flight. So when I got reject, my brother got - grant the visa, they grant the visa for my
brother. And that's - I feel like not fair for me.

DAVID MARK: That was 13 years ago. Since then he stayed in Australia, at times on bridging visas,
sometimes illegally. He's also spent time in Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre.

DICKY SUSANTO: And then I start to apply again for minister intervention, but all the time I got

DAVID MARK: Now, in a last throw of the dice, the family has appealed to the Immigration Minister,
Chris Bowen.

They've asked him to consider the welfare of their son Gavin, who's lived his entire life in

DICKY SUSANTO: I know how to work hard, to make money, you know. Maybe one day I going to become
success, I going to hire people, but I'm not promise like a big thing, you know. I can't promise

But at least I will grow my family here, build a family, you know, give good education to my boy,
become better than us of course. That's all ...

DAVID MARK: A psychiatrist has been helping the family.

MICHAEL DUDLEY, PSYCHIATRIST: They're in a state of acute anxiety, they're not sleeping, they are
not - they're having difficulty holding things together for their child, and he's having
significant emotional and behavioural problems as well. They're quite worryingly depressed.

DAVID MARK: The pastor of the family's Sydney Bethany Church, Agus Gunawan, has written to the
Immigration Minister supporting ministerial intervention and included a petition signed by more
than 300 people.

AGUS GUNAWAN, PASTOR: What I want the minister to do is to reconsider this case on the humanitarian
background. So I can see there is a miscarriage of the justice, because Australia as a nation
protect the elder brother, but try to kick out the younger brother from this nation.

DAVID MARK: But it seems that argument hasn't been persuasive.

The family are joined by another supporter, Narita Rossell, for a meeting at the Immigration
Department's Sydney offices.

But inside, they've heard the news they were dreading.

DICKY SUSANTO: I just got the letter from the minister that said our letter they're not going to
send to the minister. Because several time we put the letter to the minister, so by the fourth, we
have to go back 4th June.

DAVID MARK: A spokesman for Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has told Lateline the minister has
reviewed the family's case and wouldn't be intervening. He said if any new compelling information
came to light, the department would consider it.

David Mark, Lateline.