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Letter to Acting Minister Tudge re Udawatta family

The Udawatta family made a life in New South Wales.(Supplied: Florence Udawatta)
Subject: The Udawatta family of Kempsey

Dear Acting Minister Tudge,

I understand that you have been contacted by my Federal MP, Pat Conaghan, in relation to the Udawatta family, who live in Kempsey.  You will be aware that Mr Raj Udawatta, who came to Australia in 2014 on a 475 Visa, died from bowel cancer in September, leaving behind a wife and four children. By all accounts, the family is highly regarded in the community, three of the four children attend local schools and the eldest daughter now has a student visa.

Florence Udawatta's application for a protection visa for herself and her children has been rejected, which is understandable, given the circumstances of their arrival in Australia. It seems to me that her appeal, which might drag on for up to two years, will also fail.

The family clearly need an urgent remedy to their plight, so that they can start to rebuild their lives following the death of a much-loved husband and father. I would urge you therefore to intervene in this situation and to use the powers that you have under the Immigration Act which allow you to deal with compassionate and compelling cases such as this.

Please intervene now, and give this family a Christmas present to remember. The local Kempsey community is looking to you to show some compassion .

I would be grateful for an early response to my request.

Yours sincerely.

Mike G

Valla Beach, NSW 2448

See ABC Story 

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