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Minister ducks decision on Jovicic.

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Kerry Nettle, Senator for New South Wales

Minister ducks decision on Jovicic

Senator Nettle, 19th February 2007

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle has welcomed news that Robert Jovicic would be allowed to stay at home in Australia but queried why Minister for Immigration Kevin Andrews cannot allow Robert to stay permanently.

Sydney resident Mr Jovicic whose parents were Serbian but has been in Australia since he was 18 months old was deported by the Howard government to Serbia where he ended up living on the streets. Mr Jovicic was brought home on compassionate grounds on a temporary visa and has been awaiting resolution of his residency status.

"Whilst I am glad Robert is not being deported again I am left bemused as to why the Immigration Minister has been unable to grant him residency," Senator Nettle said.

"Minister Andrews has kept the uncertainty in Robert's life with this decision. It is not clear how this decision to keep Robert on a temporary visa helps the Australian community.

"Robert Jovicic only has one home and that is in Australia. To remove the right to his home does nothing to help Robert's rehabilitation into the community."

Senator Nettle hosted Mr Jovicic in Parliament House recently whilst he lobbied the Minister and back bench MPs to allow him to remain at home in Australia.

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