Huge backflip as nanna is allowed to STAY in Australia
A British grandmother will be allowed to stay in Australia for up to a year after she had initially been cruelly denied entry over a change in government policy on vaccine exemptions, devastating her expectant sons and granddaughter.
Clare Henderson landed in this week to visit her sons Michael and Martin and their families after three years kept apart by Covid travel restrictions, but instead was held for seven hours in immigration detention.
Michael and his three-year-old daughter were waiting at the airport for the 64-year-old from Billingham, County Durham with an adorable sign reading: ‘Can’t wait to see you, grandma’.
However, Ms Henderson never cleared customs and the anticipated emotional family reunion was denied.
Ms Henderson was detained and told she would be sent back to the UK because the details of her vaccine exemption had changed since she made the visa request in November.
The retired foster carer from Billingham, County Durham, has not had her jabs because she was advised against it due to having a medical condition called temporal arteritis
Michael (pictured), a British man living in Perth, has called on Australian Border Force workers to show some ‘compassion’ and allow his mother to enter the country
‘We all stood on the other side.My daughter who is three-years-old had a sign waiting for her saying ‘Can’t wait to see you, grandma’,’ Michael told 6PR this week.
‘This is an absolutely disgusting situation that’s happening.’
Clare landed in Perth on Monday evening and was interrogated over the details of her vaccine exemption.
Her exemption had been granted due to having temporal arteritis; an inflammation of the arteries in her head which increases risk of strokes and heart attacks — and can make certain vaccines unsafe.
Clare Henderson is facing deportation back to the UK after landing in Australia to see her family after doctors warned her against getting a jab because of her medical condition. Pictured: Clare with her granddaughter
Michael (pictured left with his Australian wife) said his mother had ‘ticked all the boxes’ as far as eligibility for entering the country
The issue was that she had been granted an exemption, and therefore a visa, in November and the entry restrictions to WA had since been tightened and such an exemption was no longer valid.
After the disappointment of having their airport reunion ruined, the family were informed seven hours after she touched down that her entry was being declined by Australian Border Force.
‘She was interrogated three times on the record, they took her fingerprint, and they took her possessions away from her,’ Michael said.
‘She did everything she needed to do, she’s had this trip planned for a long time,’ he said.’All the boxes were ticked.’
Michael shows a picture of his mother to people waiting outside the quarantine hotel where she is currently awaiting her fate
Clare Henderson is waiting to be reunited with her son Michael, his wife and their children
‘This is an absolute shambles, they interrogated her for over seven hours on three separate occasions, they had all of her medical exemptions in front of her.It sounds like there’s a huge cover-up going on here,’ Michael said.
Ms Henderson was put in detainee accommodation pending deportation but the family’s pleas for understanding and compassion were finally heard, and the ABF has now said it will grant her a 12-month visa.
She had been transferred out of the detainee accommodation where she was being held pending deportation, and moved into a quarantine hotel for her seven days of isolation.
Clare will be able to see her family on Anzac Day — a significance that was not lost on her son.
Michael hailed the Anzac spirit saying it was the ‘irony of what the Anzacs fought for!Freedom!’
The Australian Border Force are unable to comment on individual cases.
‘Australia has strict border rules, including for unvaccinated travellers.’
‘The Australian Border Force ensures that people arriving at the border comply with our laws and entry requirements, and will continue to do so,’ an Australian Border Force spokesperson said.