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Saudi Arabian refugee, Miss Alqunun looks set to get a visa

Taken from the doorstop interview in Melbourne today this is part of the transcript, authorised by Greg Hunt MP, Liberal Party of Australia, Somerville, Victoria:

JOURNALIST: Would Australia consider giving the young Saudi Arabian girl in Bangkok a visa? 

GREG HUNT: Look, I spoke with Minister Coleman last night. He worked very, very hard to ensure that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees began an expedited assessment process for Miss Alqunun. He has been successful in securing that process. So I want to thank and acknowledge the work of David Coleman on that front. We’ll await the findings in terms of refugee status but he has indicated that he is very, very, very focused on this process, on ensuring that it proceeds rapidly, and if it is found that she is a refugee then he’ll consider it with a very, very open mind.

Alright. Thank you very much.

Source: Greg-Hunt-Doorstop-Interview-9-Jan-2019.pdf

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    ryansa Wednesday, 09 January 2019

    It certainly has hit the headlines. It poses a problem, that to send her back or refuse her a visa ,after the massive headlines and broadcast in many countries, her safety certainly cannot be assured, If returned home, if Australia turns its back will Thailand pick up the plight of this girl ? Refoulment issues, certaily seem to be the case.

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    Dorota Sokolowski Friday, 11 January 2019

    Very interesting. If you set up to travel to Australia without a visa and are 'un-lucky' to get to the Au shore - you will end up languishing in Nauru detention centre, possibly for life. If you happen to be intercepted by another country - great, you get a visa within a couple of weeks. What is here to celebrate???

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