It seems that there may be different standards for applying Australia’s immigration law - one for people who overstayed their visa but are worthless to Australia or those who come in as refugees, but another for well connected people, especially those who have oil or gas connections, and close association with an Australian Senator.
Senator Ross Lightfoot of Western Australia is notorious for making racist remarks about Australia’s aborigines, defending the racist League of Rights, a group condemned by the 1991 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's National Inquiry into Racist Violence in Australia, accused of smuggling money into Iraq and unparliamentary behaviour.
His latest controversy is his affiliation with Iraqi Kurds who have oil and gas connections. He used his senatorial influence to extend visa privileges to some Kurdish visitors who had overstayed the standard permissible period of visit. He used taxpayer’s money to send staff to Dubai to assist in those people’s applications, when their reasons, causes and referees were considered by immigration officers as rather dodgy. Senator Lightfoot has even encouraged the powerful Kurds to apply for refugee status as a means to overstay their visa, when these very people already have permanent residence in Dubai.
Thanks to this senator, a double standards has crept into Australian immigration law.