Federal Court: Appellant gave different accounts of his protection claims in his screening interview and later as part of protection visa application. Appellant explained that mental health issues were the reason for those different accounts and gave IAA letters from an accredited mental health social worker who had treated him, for the purpose of corroborating his explanation. IAA disbelieved his explanation and went on to say that those letters did not "overcome the significant concerns and adverse findings the Authority made about the ... appellant’s claims and evidence". Was it "illogical and irrational to reject the evidence [from mental health social worker] because it is inconsistent with a conclusion already reached with regard to the very matter that the evidence was relevant to casting light on"?
The FCA answered that question as follows:
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