MPs vow to fight removal of Klue family
AMANDA Klue will not walk alone in her fight for a life in Australia for herself and her children.
The Sunshine Coast community has rallied behind the Buderim mother and her son and daughter, who face being sent back to South Africa after seven years in Australia.
The Klues have been given 28 days to leave the country or lodge an appeal against an Immigration Tribunal decision refusing them a visa.
Mrs Klue, her son Pieta-Nick, 11, and daughter Jan-Sari, 14, had been living in Australia as dependants of her husband and their father, Janni.
But his death from a heart attack in 2012 meant they had to apply for a new visa.
As of Saturday morning, more than 1100 people had signed a Sunshine Coast Daily online petition in support of the Klue family remaining in Australia.
Community leaders have voiced their support for the family of three.
One of their most vocal supporters was their state MP, Member for Buderim Steve Dickson.
Mr Dickson said the Klue family had become a part of the "fabric of the community".
"I don't want to see these people sent out of the country," Mr Dickson said.
"The Immigration Minister (Scott Morrison) has got to look at this, he's got to understand."
The office of Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer has offered to meet Mrs Klue to take up her cause.
Another Federal MP, Mal Brough, who represents the adjacent seat of Fisher, has offered to take up the cause for Mrs Klue if required.
Mrs Klue was at work yesterday and had not yet had time to schedule a meeting with Mr Palmer or others.
She said she appreciated the support people had shown to her and her family.
"I feel, at this stage, very touched by everything. It has been overwhelming for me, what has happened," she said.
Mrs Klue said lodging an appeal with the Immigration Minister was her priority at the moment.
The Klue family has endured a series of visa battles arriving in Australia as a family of four in 2007.
They bought a grocery store in Buderim to satisfy business visa requirements but faced deportation after lacking some paperwork involving a South African business.
They were eventually successful in remaining in Australia, with Mr Klue's company sponsoring them.
Mr Dickson said it was in the best interests of the Klues and the community for the Immigration Minister to find a solution to their visa woes.
"Let's work together so the family has a future and the kids have a future," he said.
The Daily contacted the office of Mr Morrison but had not received a response last night.
To sign the petition to keep the Klues in Australia, go to www.change.org/p/australian-immigration-minister-scott-morrison-intervene-and-allow-the-klue- family-to-stay-in-australia