'We Are One': Schoolgirl's Breathtaking Song For Immigration Minister
A family who have made a life in Australia are desperate to stay in the country after their permanent residency application was denied.
Speaking to The Project on Wednesday, Vanisre Rajasegaran and her father Manikam, made a passionate plea for their application to be reconsidered.
Vanisre, school captain and just months out from taking her final school exams at Brauer College, wants to become a rural doctor in country Victoria.
But her dreams may be shattered, with the family given just 28 days to leave the country after their permanent residency application was denied. They will be deported on August when their temporary visa expires.
The family have asked David Coleman, Minister for Immigration, to reconsider their case after it was dismissed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
"I would like to sing this song, and this would be my quote," Vanisre told The Project .
And then she sang a moving rendition of 'I Am Australian'.
Vanisre's breathtaking voice moved both The Project panel and viewers at home.
"If only you had some talent to contribute to the country," host Waleed Aly joked afterwards.
The family moved to Australia from Singapore seven years ago, when the youngest child, Vela, was just one-year-old. Vela doesn't know a home other than Australia.
The family settled in Warrnambool in 2015 for work -- Manikam as a carer for the aged and Premawathy as a an early years coordinator with the local council. Vanisre has represented Victoria at leadership competitions.
But their application for permanent residency was rejected over fears Manikam would become a burden on the health care system because of a kidney condition.
Manikam maintains the Immigration Department's assessment of his health and prognosis does not match the one given by his own specialists.
In an effort to prove he would not allow himself to cost taxpayer dollars, Manikam has signed an Advance Care Directive, pledging that he would not have dialysis or a kidney transplant if he needed it.
Vanisre has set up a change.org page, 'Stop us from leaving home', that has already attracted 15,000 signatures.