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Visas for Afghan interpreters wanted?

Posted by: 2UE | 16 November, 2012 - 3:23 PM
Push for bill to create special Visa class for Afghan interpreters

Paul Murray speaks with Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young on her bill to create a special humanitarian visa for Afghan interpreters who worked for coalition forces to immigrate to Australia.

The program would provide eligible families the costs of applying for the visa, transport to Australia, settlement, health, education, employment assistance and temporary income support.


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  • Far be it from me to agree with something suggested by the ratbag Greens; but I feel this idea has merit. Subject to appropriate and realistic qualification standards and proper checks that the applicants have, in fact, worked for us; I believe they should be given preferential refugee status, but on the condition that if they are found to (in the performance of their work in Australia) give misleading translations regarding other applicants' statements; they should be subject to status review (ie. possible cancellation). They will be targetted in their home country, and possibly anywhere in the region. They have worked for us, so we should give them a go.

    David T. Monday 19 November, 2012 - 5:17 PM
  • Hey they were paid to do the job! They knew the risks!
    No sympathy here!

    Peter Monday 19 November, 2012 - 12:53 PM
  • Another very big mistake! That we will be sorry for.

    Steve Smith Monday 19 November, 2012 - 10:33 AM
  • That's really good news, I worked for coalition forces from 2006 to Oct. 20. During this time, I have faced death many times and my family has been harassed many times. Finally after survivig TALIBAN attack I left Afghanistan and I came to Indonesia to go to Australia. On August 27th we began sailing but unfortunately the next day our boat sunk that carried around 160 people out of whom only 54 were rescued and most of us were rescued by Australian battleship leter handed over to Indonesian Police. Now I am in Tanjungpinang detention center with uncertain future leaving my family behind without any supporter. If the mentioned program is approved hundreads of interpreters and their families will not end up in a situation like mine. I believe not only Australia other countries should as well take such initiatives under consideration so that many lives are saved from possible TALIBAN persecution.

    Mohammad Reza Hussaini Sunday 18 November, 2012 - 1:54 PM
  • Yes let them but only if they denounce Islam!

    Bikinis not Burkas Sunday 18 November, 2012 - 3:34 AM

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