20 November 2003

A question of Ruddock's discretion

Mr Ruddock told Parliament in May the reason he granted the visa after receiving representations by Mr Kisrwani - having refused his fellow Liberal Mr Cameron's application twice - was because new information that Mr Hbeiche had three sisters already in Australia surfaced.

But it was later revealed Mr Hbeiche had referred to his sisters on his original application for protection submitted to the Immigration Department in 1996.

The tribunal also rejected a number of claims made by Mr Hbeiche, including that he could not find employment in Lebanon, saying he admitted to working up to six days a week and earning $300 a month.

I am looking forward to the Ruddock explanation of his explanation to the parliament.

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