Klues win help of top lawyer in immigration fight
A BRISBANE lawyer with 25 years' experience as a Commonwealth immigration officer has promised to to help Buderim's Klue family.
Peter Kuek-Kong Lee, who works with Rostron Carlyle Solicitors, will join migration agent Johanna Barnard in taking up the Klues' case with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison if the family needs their help.
Their generous offer to do the work pro bono comes after nearly 2500 people have signed the Daily's petition for Mr Morrison to intervene.
Mr Lee said Mr Morrison had about 4000 cases before him of people looking for ministerial intervention to be able to stay in Australia.
"There are lots of cases before the minister seeking intervention. He is not compelled to consider all of them,'' he said.
"However, if they have extenuating circumstances that are compelling and compassionate, there is a good chance the minister would hear the case."
Amanda Klue is running out of time after an immigration tribunal ruled last Monday the family could not stay and had 28 days to appeal the decision that they must return to South Africa.
The Klues thought they had won an immigration battle four years ago when Jannie Klue received a visa which would allow the family to stay and later apply for permanent residency.
But Mr Klue died from a heart attack in December 2012 and the family lost their ability to apply for permanent residency as the visa was in his name.
Mr Lee said the family would need all the help they could get in persuading Mr Morrison to intervene.
"They will need community support, political support and they will have to prove they have a compassionate case," he said.
THE SUNSHINE COAST DAILY IS PETITIONING FOR IMMIGRATION MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON TO REVERSE THE DECISION. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT HERE.