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Christopher Levingston

Christopher Levingston

Accredited Specialist Immigration Lawyer
Convenor of Migration Alliance Inc

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The CEO of the MIA has responded to the article I wrote yesterday.

In essence, the CEO of the MIA complains that we have inaccurately described the offering to the MIA membership, and in particular have misrepresented or failed to mention the fact that the "FREE" CPD is in place from 1 July 2019.

The balance of the email appears to concentrate on the superior governance and communication with stakeholders, including DOHA, State Governments and the Membership.

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MIA Membership 2020!

What are you paying for? 

We all associate the beginning of a new financial year with increased fees across the board for most organisations, the Department of Home Affairs, The Administrative Appeals Tribunal, The Federal Circuit and Federal Courts and even the Migration Institute of Australia

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I have been referred to a WA website where, apparently it is being suggested that a law degree and being admitted to practice as a solicitor may be the best choice if you have to choose lawyer or RMA?

I have been both a Solicitor and an RMA since before 1993 ( actually since 1988...I can't be sure but I think they were just building the pyramids) and I can honestly say that it is "Horses for Courses".

If I had a contentious matter with serious legal issues to be tried then I would engage a Solicitor if things had gone off the rails at the AAT and I wanted to go to the FCC.

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A member of Migration Alliance has alerted us to a website where we have found the Migration Alliance logo being used and the words 'Member of Migration Alliance' next to it. 

So why this post?

The Migration Alliance website has a huge international ranking which means that anyone doing a google search is going to get this post as their first result.

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Could threatening your intimate partner in the context of a spouse 820/801 be relevant to a claim of "Family Violence"?

Apart from being behaviour that is less than optimal it appears that such behaviour will be relevant to the opinion of the IE.

http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/cth/FCCA/2019/1560.html

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