Source: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
28 criminals were removed by two Australian Border Force charter flights to Auckland this week, on 17-18 November. These 28 are New Zealand citizens who had been held in immigration detention facilities throughout Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney prior to removal.
Of those removed, criminal convictions included trafficking methamphetamine, causing grievous bodily harm, domestic violence, assault occasioning bodily harm and affray and child sex offences. One man had recently been released from prison after serving six years in jail for pretending to be an international pop star online to prey on young girls.
Provisions under the Act allow the Minister for Home Affairs to cancel a visa if a person is considered to not be of good character. A person can fail the character test for a number of reasons, including but not limited to circumstances where a non-citizen has a substantial criminal record.
The majority of those removed had their visas cancelled under s501 of the Migration Act 1958 for failing the character test. Non-citizens who are found to not meet character requirements, and whose visas are cancelled, are not entitled to remain in Australia.
Vision can be viewed at this link https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/sharevideo/9bb62c4f-cc49-4907-a0ce-4f97559ab605 and downloaded here
Note to media: The footage shows six men removed from Perth. The men pictured are not necessarily the men linked to the above criminal offences.
Media contact: Australian Border Force (02) 6264 2211