Motion calls for visa discussion

Councillors will discuss Colac resident Khadim Hussain’s fight for permanancy and family reunion rights.

Colac Otway Shire Councillor Brian Crook hopes fellow councillors will vote in favour of a motion to support a Colac refugee’s fight for permanency and family reunion rights.

Tonight’s council meeting at Apollo Bay includes Cr Crook’s motion which calls on council to authorise the chief executive officer to write to federal politicians in a bid to help Colac resident Khadim Hussain achieve permanency and family reunion rights.

Cr Crook’s motion states that Mr Hussain is the recipient of a temporary protection visa which will expire in September and has a no further stay condition.

Cr Crook states that Mr Hussain has worked at Colac’s Australian Lamb Company for five years and has a wife and three children in Pakistan.

Mr Hussain, a Hazara man, is part of an ethnic group persecuted by the Taliban. He fled Afghanistan to Pakistan and then made his way to Australia in 2012.

See today’s Colac Herald for more.

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