The federal government has prepared to deport a four-year-old Australian-born girl less than a week after her Korean mother broke up with her Australian father.
The Australian grandparents of Ari Illingworth have implored Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to allow their granddaughter, who is an Australian citizen, to stay in Australia with her mother.
Ari, who has just started Prep, is due to leave the country after next Monday with her mother, Eunsil Park, who no longer has a legal right to remain in the country.
Mr Illingworth, Ari’s grandfather, worries that Ari and her mother will be discriminated against when they return to South Korea, where single parenthood is still stigmatised.
Mr Morrison's office has declined to comment.