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Tradesman taking on Immigration Department to bring ‘daughter’ to Australia

A tradesman desperate to bring a 19-year-old student from South Africa to live with him in western Sydney is pleading with the federal government to believe his claim: “she is my daughter”.

Dion Smith, an air conditioning repairman, is locked in the fight of his life with the Department of Immigration as he battles to bring Danielle down under to live with him in Quakers Hill.

Danielle applied for a child visa but was knocked back because the federal government did not buy her or Dion’s story that they were father and daughter.

Dion Smith is fighting with the Department of Immigration as he tries to bring his "daughter" to Australia.Dion Smith is fighting with the Department of Immigration as he tries to bring his “daughter” to Australia.Danielle applied for a visa but was knocked back after the government found she was not Dion's daughter.Danielle applied for a visa but was knocked back after the government found she was not Dion’s daughter.

“Why do you have to be so horrible?” Dion asks the Australian government in an emotional interview with A Current Affair.

“It’s my daughter you are stopping coming to Australia and I don’t like that.”

In a recorded message filmed in South Africa and shared with A Current Affair, Danielle says the moment she was reunited with Dion after years apart was one of the most special in her life.

Dion and Danielle were reunited after years apart.Dion and Danielle were reunited after years apart.Dion says he lost contact with Danielle's mother after a brief relationship.Dion says he lost contact with Danielle’s mother after a brief relationship.

“Every year on my birthday, I’d blow out my candles and I’d wish that my dad would magically appear,” she says.

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“The words out of (Dion’s) mouth mean the world to me: ‘I always wanted you – you were always good enough’.”

Dion and Danielle met online and according to the pair, had not spoken since Danielle was a baby girl and moved to South Africa with her mother.

Dion and Danielle will appeal the decision at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal later this month.Dion and Danielle will appeal the decision at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal later this month.A Current Affair has obtained the results of a DNA test that could prove whether Danielle is Dion's daughter.A Current Affair has obtained the results of a DNA test that could prove whether Danielle is Dion’s daughter.

Dion, an Australian citizen originally born in Zimbabwe, says he split up with Dion’s mother after a brief relationship and lost contact with Danielle.

In a visa rejection letter obtained by A Current Affair, a staffer from the Department of Immigration tells Dion and Danielle: “I have reached the decision that the applicant is not the biological child of the sponsor.”

Dion and Danielle intend to appeal the decision at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal later this month.

A Current Affair has obtained the results of DNA tests which could seal their fate.

Watch the video to find out.

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