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Visa restored to Dr Mohamed Haneef.

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Visa restored to Dr Mohamed Haneef

Friday, 21 December 2007

Dr Mohamed Haneef’s visa will now be restored following the Full Federal Court’s decision today, announced the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans.

'Having reviewed the latest Australian Federal Police information in the light of today’s court decision, I have decided not to take action to cancel Dr Haneef’s visa,' the minister said.

'Dr Haneef will be able to return to Australia to work under the conditions of his current 457 Temporary Long Stay visa should he wish to do so.'

Senator Evans said today’s court judgment to dismiss the appeal against the Federal Court’s decision to overturn the cancellation of Dr Haneef’s visa on character grounds, set a higher standard for the application of the test.

'I am seeking the Solicitor-General’s advice on the way in which the court has interpreted the relevant sections of the Migration Act as to whether the standard has been set too high,' the minister said.

'Subject to the Solicitor-General’s advice, it would be my intention to consider a possible appeal to the High Court and/or the need for changes to the Migration Act.

'Should any further relevant information come to light in relation to Dr Haneef, I will re-examine the situation at that time,' Senator Evans added.

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