‘Outcast’ Klue family wins reprieve in time for Christmas
THE Klue family has been given the best Christmas present - a reprieve from the 28-day possible deportation sentence hanging over them.
Amanda Klue received a letter from the Ministerial Intervention Unit on Monday saying their application for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to intervene on compassionate ground had been received.
This means the Klues, who have lived in Australia since 2007, can now apply for an extension to their bridging visa which would allow them to stay.
They were close to becoming permanent residents after a first battle with Immigration in 2009, when husband and dad Jannie got a visa allowing them to stay until he became a permanent resident.
His death from a heart attack on December 19, 2012, meant Mrs Klue and her two children faced an uncertain future once again.
Their worst fears were realised when the Immigration Tribunal told them on December 1 they had 28 days to appeal to the Federal Court or apply to the Immigration Minister to intervene.
This had to happen while Mrs Klue was working three jobs to support her family because they are not eligible for any government support.
Mrs Klue, of Buderim, yesterday battled to find the words to express her gratitude to the people of the Sunshine Coast.
They took up the family's cause by signing a petition to Mr Morrison.
The petition called on Mr Morrison to consider the unusual circumstances.
Mrs Klue also had high praise for Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer and his chief of staff and Member for Buderim Steve Dickson, who went above and beyond to help.
"Thank you is not enough for what they have done. There is not a word. It has been amazing," she said.
She also praised the Sunshine Coast Daily for highlighting her case in a sensitive manner.
"I didn't want to go the paper; I was scared what would happen, but thank you so much. Everyone has been so good."
The Klues' battle is not over as they will still need to show reason why they should be given an exemption to stay.
But that battle is now one that can wait for next year.