A Korean family in Cairns is facing possible deportation from Australia after their seven-year-old boy was diagnosed with autism.
Under current rules he’s considered a burden on the taxpayer as he is not an Australian citizen.
Immigration Minister Andrew Giles said he will be required to decide on whether the Administrative Appeals Tribunal’s decision to deport the family will be upheld.
“I’ve got to make that decision properly, in regard to all the evidence in the circumstance,” said Mr Giles.
“I do think there are issues about how we deal with health requirements in the migration act that we need to have a bit of a think about, and I think community expectations have moved on a bit in this regard.”