Push to change law for disabled migrants

12 December 2011

Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO says the Australian law that rejects disabled people as migrants is unjust and belongs to the first half of the 20th century.

Community groups are urging the Federal Government to change a law which dictates that disabled people are generally rejected as migrants even if they are skilled or have family here.

In an interview with ABC's 7.30, Emeritus Professor McCallum says under the current rules, he would also be rejected as a migrant without special consideration from the Immigration Minister because, in theory, he might require care or services that would impose a significant cost on the Australian community, regardless of what he could contribute.
"The medical system may not show a heart murmur, the medical system may not show a propensity to a stroke.

"What we want are appropriate rules that balance costs against benefits.

"Rules that have a blanket refusal are unfair and unjust, and when they're based upon the medical model, they denigrate the human rights of we persons with disabilities.
View the transcript and footage - Push to change law for disabled migrants - ABC 7.30

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