…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Charity begins at home, goes the old adage; and it makes sense. The poor can’t help the poor and the sick can’t help the sick. Australia has or at least had, relatively strict medical conditions for legal immigrants. Unfortunately, the faux compassion of our dishonest Labor/Green government is dissolving them. Have you ever wondered how many illegal arrivals were refused residency on medical grounds? Are they all so healthy?
Let’s look at the theory first – the official Australian medical requirements. It is perhaps unnecessary to point out what is shown to the gullible public on governmental websites bears little resemblance to reality and to the actual public service manuals. Still, if you can muster enough energy to waddle through the politically correct bureaucratic twaddle:
Fact Sheet 22, produced by the National Communications Branch, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Canberra. Last reviewed May 2010
Australia enjoys some of the best health standards in the world. In order to maintain these standards people who want to migrate permanently, or stay in Australia temporarily, must satisfy the health requirement specified in the Migration Regulations.
The health requirement is designed to:
- minimise public health and safety risks to the Australian community
- contain public expenditure on health and community services, including Australian social security benefits, allowances and pensions
- maintain access of Australian residents to health and other community services.
In line with Australia’s global non-discriminatory immigration policy, the health requirement applies equally to all applicants from all countries, although the extent of testing will vary according to the circumstances of each applicant.
All applicants for permanent visas, including the main applicant, partner and any dependants, must be assessed against the health requirement. Even if the applicant’s partner and dependants are not included in the visa application, they must still be assessed against the health requirement.
Applicants for a permanent visa will be asked to undergo a medical examination, an x-ray if 11 years of age or older and an HIV/AIDS test if 15 years of age or older, as well as any additional tests requested by the Medical Officer of the Commonwealth (MOC).
Temporary visa …
The decision process
For those applicants who require a medical and/or x-ray examination and a significant medical condition is identified, a MOC will provide the department with an opinion on whether the health requirement has been met.
In doing so they will take into account:
- the results of the medical examination(s) and x-ray(s)
- medical history, age and period of intended stay in Australia
- other relevant considerations.
Under the Migration Regulations officers deciding visa applications must accept the opinion of the MOC on whether applicants meet the health requirement.
Only TB is mentioned in migration legislation as precluding the grant of a visa, but the applicant is given the opportunity to undergo treatment in most cases. Other health conditions are assessed on the potential cost and impact on the Australian community resulting from the possible use of health and community services.
Some of the visa subclasses within the family and humanitarian migration schemes, as well as a limited number of onshore permanent skilled visas, have a waiver component. This allows the visa decision-maker to waive the health requirement if they are satisfied that granting a visa would not result in ‘undue’ health care or community services costs, or ‘undue’ prejudice to Australians’ access to such services. Where a waiver is available, the decision-maker will take into account the applicant’s personal circumstances, including their ability to mitigate potential costs and care requirements, and any compassionate and compelling circumstances.
The waiver cannot be exercised where the visa applicant is assessed by a MOC as representing a risk to public health or safety in Australia.
If the applicant does not meet the health requirement and the waiver is unavailable or not exercised, then under the Migration Regulations the application must be refused.
TB is a serious disease which has been declared an epidemic and a global emergency.
Visa applicants aged 11 years or older must undergo a chest x-ray. Those under 11 may be required to have an x-ray if there are indications they have TB or have a history of contact with a person with TB. The purpose of the x-ray is to determine whether there is any evidence of either active or previous TB.
Evidence of active or previous TB will not, in itself, adversely impact on the outcome of the visa application.
Where x-rays show possible evidence of TB, the applicant will be asked to undergo more specific tests to establish whether or not active TB is present.
If active TB is found, Australian migration law does not allow a visa to be granted until the person has undergone treatment and been declared free of active TB. A course of treatment usually lasting between six to nine months is required, plus further testing to show that the treatment has been successful.
It goes on, but for our purposes it ought to suffice. You note that despite the rhetoric an applicant suffering from TB can, and in the case of a paying passenger on a smuggler’s boat, will receive free treatment at the Australian taxpayer’s expense. Other diseases are mentioned, like HIV, AIDS or hepatitis.
Alas, tuberculosis is not what it used to be. In many countries, such as India, Iran, Belarus and Italy it mutated into multi-drug resistant (MDR) and even into totally drug resistant (TDR) strains. Slightly less worrying version of tuberculosis, extensively drug resistant (XDR TB) has been found in 84 countries. TB killed 1.4 million people in 2011.
Disclaimer: This information comes from World Health Organisation and Lancet. WHO is a fear-mongering and big pharma pushing organisation. The British, formerly seriously medical publication Lancet, turned into a politico-medical journal with its publication of the fabricated figures of casualties of Iraq war. Unfortunately, the ruling classes everywhere keep the potentially dangerous information under the lid of politically correct journalism. Internet can do but little.
WHO claims there will be more than 2 million new cases of MDR TB between 2011 and 2015. In India forty people die of tuberculosis every hour, despite the government effort in providing free medication since 2006. The problem seems to be that only about two third of patients complete the six month cure.