Oct 19, 2006

Adjournment – The Tran Family

Adjournment – The Tran Family

19 October 2006

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (4.59 p.m.)—I wish to briefly say that I wrote to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs today about the Tran family. Mr Tran, his wife and their three children, now aged five, 13 and 16, arrived in Australia almost 10 years ago. This week the Refugee Review Tribunal has found that Mrs Tran is a refugee and therefore a person to whom Australia has protection obligations. There is a clear case for the minister to now intervene on Mr Tran’s behalf on compassionate grounds so that this family is not split up.

On the eve of Refugee Week next week, the case of the Tran family is a timely reminder of the uncertainty and distress many asylum seekers face while their applications are being processed and considered. I ask the minister to intervene.

Interjection The SPEAKER—Order! It being 5 pm, the debate is interrupted.