Hundreds of asylum seekers rally in Canberra, call on government to grant them permanent visas

Natalie Vikhrov
Updated October 18 2023 - 1:22pm, first published October 17 2023 - 2:29pm

For more than a decade, Mahdi Azizi and his family have been living in limbo. The 40-year-old came from Iran to Australia by boat in early 2013 and has been living on bridging visas in the hope of one day securing permanent residency in a country where he says he feels safe.

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Natalie Vikhrov

Natalie Vikhrov

Federal politics and public service reporter

Natalie Vikhrov reports on federal politics and public service for The Canberra Times. Prior to this, she spent several years covering human rights in Eastern Europe, including Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Get in touch via

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