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‘We could help this family’

Tyrone Savilla
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UPDATE: Tyrone and his mother have been granted bridging visas while their visa applications are under consideration.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton looks set to allow a 10-year-old boy with autism to remain in Australia.

Tyrone Sevilla’s condition meant his mother Maria’s skilled worker visa was rejected.

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A 4,000-page petition of more than 122,000 signatures was handed to Mr Dutton’s Brisbane office on Monday.

The Minister has the power to overturn their deportation to the Philippines.

Tyrone Savilla with his plea to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. Photo: ABC

“I need to have a look at the particular facts in relation to this case,” Mr Dutton told RN Drive.

“But on the details, as they are made known to me at the moment, I think this is a case where we would be able to help the family.

“I hope that we can provide a good outcome for this family that I think they deserve.”

Ms Sevilla came to Australia eight years ago to study nursing and now works at Townsville Hospital.

In her case, the Migration Review Tribunal cited the “significant cost to the Australian community” of health care for Tyrone.

She has asked Mr Dutton to consider her case, and the department is preparing a report for his consideration.

Mr Dutton said he reviews matters on a case-by-case basis.

“In many of these cases we want to try and provide support to families that are in a very difficult situation. We have to weigh up all of the circumstances and particulars of the relevant case,” he said.

“I think that is a reason we have ministerial discretion so that we can apply a level of common sense.

“There needs to be support wherever we can provide it, but a realisation that we can’t provide assistance to every child with a medical condition that would seek to make that application.”


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