Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef continues to be in detention, despite a bail order by a Brisbane court and his visa has been revoked on grounds of national interest .
But strangely the Australian government has not moved against Oday Adnan Al Tekriti, 38, a cousin and bodyguard to Saddam Hussein, who holds a temporary protection visa until 2008.
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal had cleared Tekriti of criminal activity or human rights abuses that would have prohibited him from being granted a visa.
Such is the fickleness of the authorities or the utter subjectivity of the character test invoked in denying Haneef freedom, it is pointed out.
The government is indeed demanding much more detailed information about political associations and family connections from immigrants.
For the first time the document, "Personal particulars for character assessment" (Form 80), which applicants for permanent and temporary protection visas must complete, singles out people of Arabic descent.
It also asks questions about the applicant's brothers and sisters - previously it was only parents and spouse - and about involvement in people smuggling, acts of violence and development of weapons of mass destruction.
The form, which used to cover two pages but now takes six, states: "If you are of Arabic descent, write the full name of your paternal grandfather."
A spokeswoman for the Immigration Department said: "The contents of the form are what our security agencies advise us to have; the rationale is not questioned because it is advice from our security agencies."
Haneef, who has been linked through a cousin to the Glasgow bombing, will be deported after he has faced the terrorism-related charge under the Migration Act, because the minister has concluded he failed the character test.
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