Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

National

96yo can stay

An ailing 96-year-old British woman has won the right to stay in northern Tasmania with her only surviving relatives.

Gladys Jefferson was brought to Tasmania on a tourist visa about a year ago but her application for a permanent visa was recently knocked back.

The great-grandmother has now been granted a medical treatment visa, meaning she does not have to return to the Isle of Wight.

Her son-in-law Paul Grigg says it is a great relief after a stressful time.

“Particularly on my wife it has been; the uncertainty all the time of knowing what the outcome would be, that certainly has been stressful,” he said.

Mrs Jefferson was initially refused a visa because she would be a burden on the welfare system.

But Immigration Minister Chris Bowen later released a statement saying the Australian Government was not deporting or even considering deporting Mrs Jefferson.

ABC Online HERE

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Lyle Allan

    August 20, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Great work Linz and congratulations. When TT speaks government listens.

  2. alan taylor

    August 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    mrs jefferson was rightly refused a visa because she would be a burden on the welfare system ~ mrs jefferson was righteously granted a visa because she would be a greater burden on the political system.

    where were we? ah, yes. into the woods….

  3. Heather Donaldson

    August 18, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Oh that is a bit harsh Karl. Just because we are up to our necks in strife and Gunnshassles/ Greensellouts and continuing forestryfables doesn’t mean we should forget our basic humanity, even for a minute. People still matter, even old, sick, bedridden people. Thanks Linz !

  4. Maddie

    August 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    It might be ‘yawn’ material for you Karl and I agree it was never a topic that should have HAD to be raised in the media, but it had to be and it was. I’m glad that common sense has prevailed so that this elderly, needy woman has been allowed to stay with her family. Thank you Lindsay for the update.

  5. Brenton

    August 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Linz, thanks for this story and the update. A bit of humanity is defintiely needed in this country!

  6. Karl Stevens

    August 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Meanwhile in the real world Tasmania is torn apart by environmentlists colluding with Gunns to maintain Forestry MIS tax breaks. Somehow TT missed this in order to bring us a story of an old lady who can now legally stay in bed in Tasmania. Good work Linz!

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