Sad though this case is, he didn’t wait 5 years for his immigration application to be refused. It sounds from the newspaper article that he came on a WHV, as that would be the only way he could work here and while on the WHV he worked as a painter decorator. Otherwise he was working illegally. We don’t know his background, whether he was qualified as a painter decorator or had any skills on immigration list, which is why he probably went the incredibly expensive student visa route. You have to wonder how he could afford if. To be honest the facts don’t add up. Had to stay near his sponsor? work or potential partner? Or an international student?
It appears he tried many ways to gain PR but the article doesn’t give any information about which visa he applied for, when he applied or if he was even eligible.
As usual we only hear the emotive side of a story, not the full facts.
It is a fact of life that just because you want to move to another country, you can’t if you aren’t eligible.