August 19, 2011

AUSTRALIA: 96 year oold wins right to stay in Australia

SYDNEY, NSW / Australian Broadcasting Corporation / News / August 19, 2011

An ailing 96-year-old British woman has won the right to stay in northern Tasmania with her only surviving relatives. Gladys Jefferson was brought to Tasmania on a tourist visa about a year ago but her application for a permanent visa was recently knocked back.

The great-grandmother has now been granted a medical treatment visa, meaning she does not have to return to the Isle of Wight.

Gladys Jefferson's family feared deportation would kill the frail 96-year old. ABC TV

Her son-in-law Paul Grigg says it is a great relief after a stressful time.

"Particularly on my wife it has been; the uncertainty all the time of knowing what the outcome would be, that certainly has been stressful," he said.

Mrs Jefferson was initially refused a visa because she would be a burden on the welfare system. But Immigration Minister Chris Bowen later released a statement saying the Australian Government was not deporting or even considering deporting Mrs Jefferson.

The great-grandmother was living on England's Isle of Wight when she called her daughter Bridget Grigg to tell her that her health and memory had started to fail. Having outlived family and friends in the UK, Mrs Jefferson's only other option was a nursing home where she knew no-one.

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