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IMMIGRATION—MOELLER FAMILY

Senator Bernardi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 264—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the Horsham physician Dr Bernhard Moeller, his wife Isabella and their children Lukas, Felix and Sarah have been refused permanent residency in Australia because Lukas Moeller has Down Syndrome;

 (b) rejects the notion that those with Down Syndrome are a burden on society;

 (c) acknowledges the important role that Dr Moeller fulfils as a doctor in a regional community and in the Wimmera Base Hospital which serves more than 50 000 people;

 (d) calls on the Rudd Government to expedite the decision-making process with regard to Dr Moeller and his family's application for permanent residency; and

 (e) condemns the lack of action, advocacy, commonsense and compassion given to the Moeller family by the Rudd Government.

Question put and passed.