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Outcry after Sydney doctor faced with deportation over autistic child

The immigration department’s decision to refuse a visa to a Sydney doctor because her daughter is autistic has been condemned by the medical fraternity as “disgusting” and “reprehensible”.   Dr Nasrin Haque – who has lived with her children in Australia for eight years and whose sister, brother, and parents are all Australian citizens – has been given until Friday to present to the immigration department with plane tickets to prove she and her daughter are leaving the country.   If she fails to do so, she faces deportation.   The New South Wales president of the Australian Medical Association, Prof Brad Frankum, said the government’s actions were “reprehensible”. The chief executive of Autism Awareness Australia, Nicole Rogerson, said the family’s treatment carried a “disgusting undertone”.   Haque, originally from Bangladesh and who has lived ...

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