Immigration

'Positive outcome' in sight for star student and family left in deportation limbo

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A cabinet minister has weighed in on the planned deportation of Vanisre Rajasegaran and her family.

A happy resolution could be in sight for a star student and her family facing deportation, after a cabinet minister signalled on Monday "we will get a positive outcome".

The case of the Rajasegaran family, who live in Victoria's Warrnambool and are set to be deported to Singapore on 21 August, has been making headlines thanks to an online petition which received more than 70,000 signatures.

The petition is nearing its target.
The petition is nearing its target.
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They face deportation as a result of father Rajasegaren Manikam's kidney condition, which is considered a financial burden on Australia.

But local MP and federal Education Minister Dan Tehan told the Herald Sun that while he did not want to preempt a decision from Immigration Minister David Coleman, the groundswell of community support was working.

Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan speaks to media.
Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan speaks to media.
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"The support for the family by the local community and the way the family has contributed to the community points to a positive outcome," he said.

It's understood the minister indicated a decision could be reached by the end of the week.

'This is our home'

The Rajasegaran family moved to Australia from Singapore seven years ago.

Vanisre Rajasegaran, is now in her final months of year 12 at Brauer College and is a member of the school's student council. She is aspiring to study medicine at university and is supposed to sit her final exams in October.

"This is our home," Vanisre wrote on a Change.org petition has reached more than 71,000 signatures, with a target of 75,000.

Vanisre Rajasegaran.
Vanisre Rajasegaran.
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Her mother, Premawarthy Balasupramaniam holds a visa sponsored by the Warrnambool City Council.

But to maintain the visa, all of her family members need to meet the same visa conditions.

In 2016 her husband was diagnosed with kidney disease.

 Rajasegaren Manikam
Rajasegaren Manikam
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A medical officer of the federal government ruled Mr Manikam's condition was "likely to result in a significant cost to the Australian community and prejudice the access of an Australian citizen or permanent resident to health care or community services".

But Mr Manikam said - through lifestyle changes - his health has actually improved since 2016.

The family appealed the decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, but it was dismissed. And as a result, the family was given 28 days to leave the country.

They have now been appealing to Mr Coleman for a ministerial intervention.

Speaking to SBS News last week, Ms Balasupramaniam said "what we've built up for seven years, just to give up in 28 days, I just felt that's not fair".

"We've not been heard."

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