Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Onwards and upwards

Blogging about the immigration department at the moment feels a little like stealing candy from a baby. Yesterday, the papers revealed that DIMIA revoked prominent Australian architect Harry Seidler's citizenship, notwithstanding the fact that there is no evidence to show Mr Seidler had taken formal and voluntary action to become a citizen of another country. They also managed to renew his passport and stay silent when he was granted the Order of Australia, despite the fact that both require Australian citizenship.

When Mr Seidler's wife asked how it could have happened, an anonymous immigration official had an answer - She said their systems weren't as good as they are now.

I'm glad to know that failing to notify citizens (or anyone else for that matter) of arbitrary revocation of citizenship, deporting Australian citizens who are mentally and physically unfit, and detaining Australian residents in detention centres and jails despite medical recommendations to the contrary are improvements. Who knows what great heights DIMIA might have attained by 2015?

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