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'Bloody devastated': Family members of aviation pioneer have citizenship challenged

 
 
Mary-Anne Bird was denied a new passport and had her citizenship challenged, despite serving in the Army Reserve for 29 years.

Nancy-Bird Walton's younger brother John was just 15 when the merchant ship he served on in World War II was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-180 off the New South Wales coast. He was one of 19 survivors rescued by the USS Patterson and is the last of them still alive.

Ms Walton went on to become one of Australia's most celebrated pilots, an Officer of the Order of Australia, and her name would one day appear upon Qantas's flagship A380 aircraft.

By war’sendJohn Bird had been awarded honours by both Australia and the United States, having served in the merchant navies of both nations. He moved for a time to the Australian protectorate that is now Papua New Guinea, where he married his Papuan wife and had five children before returning to Australia.

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This is a bit on the nose!         Makes me wonder who is setting the rules around here.   

 

I thought you would be interested in this story I found on MSN:   

 

 'Bloody devastated': Family members of aviation pioneer have citizenship challenged   

 

http://a.msn.com/01/en-au/BBPcwk8?ocid=se

  

'Bloody devastated': Family members of aviation pioneer have citizenship challenged  

Mary-Anne Bird was denied a new passport and had her citizenship challenged, despite serving in the Army Reserve for 29 years.

© Brian Cassey Mary-Anne Bird was denied a new passport and had her citizenship challenged, despite serving in the Army Reserve for 29 years.

Nancy-Bird Walton's younger brother John was just 15 when the merchant ship he served on in World War II was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-180 off the New South Wales coast. He was one of 19 survivors rescued by the USS Patterson and is the last of them still alive.

Ms Walton went on to become one of Australia's most celebrated pilots, an Officer of the Order of Australia, and her name would one day appear upon Qantas's flagship A380 aircraft.

By war’sendJohn Bird had been awarded honours by both Australia and the United States, having served in the merchant navies of both nations. He moved for a time to the Australian protectorate that is now Papua New Guinea, where he married his Papuan wife and had five children before returning to Australia.

Oh Celia, that is a shocking story. 

Yes Hola and RnR I thought it too disgusting for words.  I hope the  7.30 Report picks up on it.

What a disgrace!!!!!!!!!!!

I find this story just awful.

If it is accurate as reported, it makes the 'enforcement' some of our border force and immigration laws look totally ridiculous IMO.

In addition, it makes them look appalling to me, when the history of the antecedents of those now affected and their current contributions are treated with so much disrespect.

Shameful IMO.

SHE was 'escorted out of australia tonight,        a disgrace,  

That is not acceptable is in Cats.     I looks if it could happen to any of us then.

At the very least questions should be asked why a family with this history, werent contacted immediately changes to residency was even being enacted.

They deserved to know and have the opportunity to made sure their status was secured for the future

Nuance of this story is spite. That those controlling Border Force are delighting in bullying people rather than serving the people as public servants in a democracry.

Am I wrong?

There is probably more to this story than meets the eye

Perhaps Lothario … especially if those affected elect not to ‘fill out the right applications/forms’.

Cathy Bird is the niece of the famous Australian pilot. Cathy, went on the run after a Border Force officer allegedly told her she might be arrested and detained at any time pending her deportation to Port Moresby. Cathy Bird was granted a bridging visa that expired on October 31 ...

which has now been renewed on Thursday after media inquiries.

According to the letter from the department, as part of her "pathway to acquire Australian citizenship" Cathy Bird must now apply for a Resident Return visa. Ms Bird said she is unwilling to fill out an application for this visa because it would require her to state that she has lived overseas, which she has not. She says she no longer trusts the department and feels mis-statements on its forms could later be used against her.

Liberal National Party MP Warren Entsch, who represents the far north Queensland electorate of Leichhardt, says he has sought to assist the family and that he understands ...

the Department of Home Affairs has no intention of deporting them.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/no-intention-of-deporting-them-nancy-bird-walton-s-niece-still-in-hiding-despite-mp-s-reassurance-20181102-p50dmp.html

Be interesting to see what transpires.

Thank you Ms Butterfly with the breathtaking wings

Yes - Papua New Guinea was a beautiful place once wild and romantic and full of adventure

Alas now, as Trump would say, its just a sh*thole country

Hey olbaid, I see you've been reincarnated, LOLOLOL

.....  and still better looking than you!  LOLOLOL

All she has to do is get one of her children to say she is going to be their au pair, Dutton will step in. PROBLEM SOLVED.

I recall a story from a mate who was conscripted and served time in Vietnam, he was originally from Scotland, being a British subject he didn’t need to get naturalised to serve in the armed forces, I think that changed in about 1975, in 1989 he decided to visit the home of his birth, someone had told him it would be easier for him to travel through Europe if he had a British passport, so off he went, when he tried to return to Australia he was stopped at Heathrow and was not allowed to board his flight because he didn’t have an Australian passport or a visa in his British passport, the issue was sorted out very quickly with a visit from the Australian embassy who gave him an emergency visa to return to Australia.

I believe one can't receive an Order of Australia Medal unless one is an Australian Citizen. Correct me if I am Wrong.

You can receive one if you have permanent residency which is different to  being a citizen.

I had residential status for thirty odd years, served in the Australian Armed Forces but only gained citizenship at the age of 52.

Residential status allowed me to vote, work and serve in the Army. I would have been eligible to be called up and given a free trip to Vietnam even though I was not a citizen.  Part of the reason that i applied for citizenship was that i could only get a British Passport and this would have meant if there were any problems while overseas I would have been repatriated to Britain not Australia.  It was not difficult to become a citizen, I regret not doing so earlier.

Same as you ex PS, I was also 52 & came to Australia aged 7. I voted, worked and served in the Army. Took citizenship so I could obtain an Australian passport as I had no intentions of returning to the UK unless for a holiday.

I felt outraged when I saw this storey on TV. Do not the personnel in border force know and understand the history of the relationship between Australia and PNG. In WWII it was okay for PNG to be Australian Territory so conscripted Army Militia could be sent there. We owe PNG a debt that can never be repaid, the lives of countless Australian soldiers. One of the few thing my father spoke about from his service in WWII was being led out of the New Ginea jungle by a Papuan, my father lovingly called them Fuzzie Wuzzies. He recovered from his wounds and as a result I was born.

PNG achieved independance from Australia in 1975, so it follows that any child born there before 1975 to an Australian parent must be an Australian citizen. What is difficult about that?

Eddy I think Dutton likes to flex his muscles.

Obviously the brain is not a muscle.

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