World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Fijian woman deported after 15 years in Australia

Fijian woman deported after 15 years in Australia, kids to stay

A Fijian woman who has lived in Australia since 1989 will be deported this weekend after losing her fight to stay in Australia.

Sereana Naikelekele was served with a deportation order last week, which included 2 of her 5 children – Lomani (4) and Mereani (6) – who are not recognised as citizens because they are under 10 years of age.

Three of the children are Australian citizens and two are deemed stateless despite all being born in Australia. Their younger brother Glen, 3, is a citizen because his father is an Australian national.

In 1986 laws changed deeming that children born in Australia to foreign national parents must reside in Australia for 10 years before they can be declared Australian citizens.

Plans to deport Lomani and Mereani were overturned yesterday when the court granted an injunction pending the outcome of a citizenship case when they make a request from the Federal Court tomorrow (Friday 5th November) that as they have lived in Australia all their life and are not citizens of any other country they should be granted Australian citizenship.

Ms Naikelekele and 3 of her children (Lomani, Mereani and Glen) have been living at the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney for the past 2 years and were joined this year by her two older children Sally, 12 and Jope, 10 (Australian citizens) who had been attending the Macarthur Adventist School in Sydney for the past 3 years. Sally and Jope have now been prevented from attending this school despite repeated appeals by school principal Jill Pearce.

Ms Naikelekele will leave behind her children this Saturday, rather than risk losing their rights to claim Australian citizenship.

With a three year re-entry ban and a debt for her detention of between $60,000 and $80,000, there will be little chance for her to return to Australia.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news