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Disability & migration: welcome changes.



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MEDIA RELEASE

Senator Sue Boyce Liberal - Queensland

Electorate Office: Level 9, 301 Coronation Drive, Milton, Qld

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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        26 NOVEMBER 2008    Disability & Migration - Welcome changes

Senator for Queensland, Senator Sue Boyce, today welcomed the announcement in the Senate of Immigration Minister, Senator Evans, that criteria for assessing immigrating families that include a person with a disability will be reviewed.

Minister Evans advised the Senate that he had given Victorian intensivist, Dr Moeller, and his family, permanent residency. Dr Moeller has a son with Down syndrome.

Senator Boyce said the Minister had announced that the immigration treatment of people with disabilities would be referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration.

"This is a welcome move and should lead to the end of outdated attitudes towards disability as illness and burden that have been used in immigration matters in the past.

“I have long advocated for changes to immigration medical requirements for children with a disability, especially Down syndrome, and this announcement today will make dozens of families more confident in their applications for migration to Australia.

“Many organisations and advocates in the disability community will welcome this decision,” Senator Boyce said.

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