Thursday, May 05, 2005

We decide if citizens are allowed to remain here

Deported woman mentally ill: claim;

An Australian woman wrongly deported by immigration officials four years ago was suffering a mental disorder and had been sent to the Philippines.

Acting Immigration Minister Peter McGauran conceded earlier this week a search was under way for the woman - whom he would not identify for privacy reasons - after the immigration department received a concerned letter from a family member.

The government and Australian Federal Police (AFP) have been trying to track the woman but ABC television said the woman, who was mentally ill, was in the Philippines.

Labor's immigration spokesman Laurie Ferguson predicted the woman would be in dire circumstances if she was in the Philippines and suffering mental illness.

On'ya Laurie, guess she'd be better off being shot by coke addicted cops on Bondi beach.