Don't Deport Ali Choudhry

To: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

The ABC has reported that the Department of Immigration have confirmed Ali's bridging visa. With a bridging visa, Ali and Matt can stay together while they wait for the Migration Review Tribunal to hear Ali's case. We put the weight of 140,000 signatures on the Immigration Minister, by publicly delivering the petition to his office and swamping him with tweets, emails and loads of media stories. That pressure forced the Department to do what they had failed to for months: confirm a bridging visa for Ali allowing him to remain in Australia.
Don't Deport Ali Choudhry
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Please grant Ali Choudhry a visa to remain in Australia. Ali is facing deportation to Pakistan this Wednesday after his application for a visa was refused, despite being in a relationship with his partner Matt for nearly four years. If deported, there is a risk  Ali could be imprisoned for life in Pakistan, where being openly gay carries a long jail sentence. Having grown up in the United States, Ali is also unable to read or write the local language.

Why is this important?

Ali is facing deportation, back to a country where there is life imprisonment for being gay. He's never lived in Pakistan and he doesn't read the language.
Ali Choudhry and Dr Matthew Hynd were one of the first gay couples in Queensland to register their civil union on 12 March, 2012. Unfortunately their union was short lived due to the Queensland Government retrospectively making the unions null and void 12 weeks after their ceremony.
Nearly two years later Mr Choudhry now faces deportation to Pakistan after his application for a visa recognising his relationship with Dr Hynd was refused. He says he cannot understand why theirs is not considered a legitimate long-term partnership, and neither can I. Please help me build the public pressure urging Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to grant Ali a visa to remain in Australia.
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Reasons for signing

  • Jake G. 2014-01-02 20:21:43 -0500
    I genuinely don't understand - de facto is de facto. Where even is the argument to the contrary?
  • michelle g. 2014-01-02 22:25:36 -0500
    The fact that this Govt is willing to TAX gay couples as being in defacto relationships, but refuse to acknowledge the ligitimacy of the status where it counts, shows that all they want is $$$ NOT the progression of basic human rights... I'm ashamed to be Australian.
  • Lauren S. 2014-01-02 20:32:40 -0500
    The decision made by the government is ridiculous. As mentioned earlier, de facto is de facto.

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Petition is successful with 142,867 signatures

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Petition is successful with 142376 signatures

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Today after we delivered the petition to the Minister for Immigration in Sydney we heard the great news that Ali won't be deported for now. But Ali and Matt need certainty and Ali still needs a visa.

The Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison has the power to intervene.

Tweet @ScottMorrisonMP or email minister@immi.gov.au to ask the Minister to help Ali remain in Australia.

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Ali and Matt will be appearing on Wake Up on channel 10 tomorrow morning.
Thanks again for all the support
Paul

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Matt and Ali have asked that I add a link to this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpUEQQo2kuw

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A big thanks to everyone for signing the petition. I've also had a number of emails which I'm working my way through and I hope to be able to deal with each appropriately as soon as possible.

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Supporters of Matt and Ali produced and published this video I thought you might want to see http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yfM_XsQag0A

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