Oct 19, 2006

The Tran Family

The Tran Family

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

19 October 2006

Anthony Albanese MP, Federal Member for Grayndler, has drawn attention to recent developments in the case of a local family that faces the possibility of deportation to Vietnam.

Mr Tran, his wife and their three children, now aged 5, 13 and 16 years, arrived in Australia almost 10 years ago. The youngest child was born in Australia, yet the family faces the possibility of being deported and even split up because they are spread across two separate visa applications.

Mr Albanese said, “The Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) has found that Mrs Tran is a refugee and therefore a person to whom Australia has protection obligations. Now it’s up to the Minister to make a decision about that reflects the RRT’s findings.”

Mr Tran and his wife made applications for protection visas some time ago. So far Mr Tran has been unsuccessful in his appeals to stay in Australia.

Mr Albanese said, “This is a clear case where the Minister should intervene on compassionate grounds. The three young children in this family have spent almost all their lives in Australia. Their mother has been found to be a genuine refugee.”

“I have again written to the Minister, urging her in the strongest of terms to look upon this case with the compassion it deserves and to intervene to stop this family from being split up and deported.”

“On the eve of Refugee Week (October 22-28), 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,” said Mr Albanese.