The Department of Home Affairs makes it clear Kayaan’s disability is the only reason the family cannot stay.
In a rejection letter sent last month, it said it estimated Kayaan would cost taxpayers $1.23 million over 10 years, which “would be likely to result in a significant, undue cost to the Australian community in the areas of health care and/or community services”.
This shit makes me absolutely livid! Everyone, Australian citizen or not, should be entitled to the exact same standard of medical care. It is inhuman to be like, “Look, your condition will cost a lot of money for taxpayers like your parents to treat, so we’re going to deport you back to your ‘home country’ where this treatment is not available and let you suffer and maybe die.” And this naked attempt at sowing division:
In a statement, a spokesperson from the Department of Home Affairs said not all people with disability were rejected for permanent residency, and individuals were assessed based on the cost to the community and whether it would prejudice the access of Australian citizens and permanent residents to services in short supply.
Absolute bullshit. Whose fault is it that services are underfunded so much as to be in “short supply”? Yup, the same government trying to convince us that deporting non-citizen disabled children is a tragic inevitability. It is not a tragic inevitability; it is a deliberate and cruel choice. I fucking hate our government.