Australia’s policy of deporting violent offenders born in New Zealand back to their home country hurts both nations
Australia and New Zealand face a rise in gang-related crime. The policy of sending gangsters away from Australia instead of joining forces with them hurts both neighbours, a Kiwi activist said to RT.
The Minister for Home Affairs can deport foreigners who are in Australia under a temporary visa since 2014. “character grounds” – vaguely defined as posing some kind of risk to the Australian community. Some were caught with petty offences. Some are career criminals who have strong ties with Australian gangs. Many of these people may have spent all their lives in Australia.
New Zealanders deported in this manner, known as the 501s, after the section of the Australian Migrant Act that applies to them, are increasingly being seen as problems back home. New Zealand Police officers claim that Australian gangsters have led to an increase in organised crime. “seeding”Andrew Coster, New Zealand Police Commissioner, describes the new group as “new groups.”
“Just deporting your problem away does not solve the problem of gangs in both Australia and New Zealand,”Matthew Tukaki, a businessman and activist told RT. As the chair of the National Maori Authority, he was also involved in the resolution of various community problems such as the suicide prevention and protection for vulnerable children.
He is a vocal advocate for pressuring Australia on the issue of 501s, and has been interviewed on the issue by several media outlets recently, including New Zealand’s Newshub and Britain’s The Guardian.
Tukaki, in an interview with RT, acknowledged that Canberra has the legal right to expel foreigners according to its laws. He argued that New Zealanders are not subject to the same policy as their Pacific neighbours.
“We’ve fought in world wars together alongside each other. Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders live and work harmoniously in Australia and many Australian citizens enjoy the rights of citizenship in New Zealand as well,”He pointed out.
Many deported persons are certain to be “not angels,”Because they have long criminal records. They may be deported because their family members often reside in Australia.
“Many of them have children and grandchildren in Australia. They have wives and partners in Australia. It’s not good enough just to say ‘well, we’re gonna stick a whole bunch of people on a government-chartered plane and send them back to New Zealand.’ That is not the spirit of friendship that you would expect between two neighbors,” Tukaki said.
The activist stated that New Zealand and Australia have the exact same goals: safe streets, no gang violence and illegal weapons and drug use. They often have similar problems. Australian citizenship was responsible for the Christchurch attack in 2019. “came to this country and took the lives of 50 men, women and children,”We were reminded by him.
New Zealand is a country that can be considered a kind of “penal colony”Tukaki said that while it may sound like a simple solution, shipping criminals overseas is not. Because criminals are cooperating with one another on each side of the Tasman Sea, law enforcement should also do so.
He suggested that Australia and New Zealand could work together in order to fight gang violence, by allocating more resources for intelligence-sharing, community outreach, and police intelligence sharing. Tukaki says that this is as crucial.
“My message to the New Zealand citizens living in Australia would be: ‘It’s a privilege to live in somebody else’s country. It’s a privilege to live on somebody else’s land … Don’t go out to get involved in a criminal enterprise. As if Australia were your home, live in Australia. Don’t treat it untoward,”He said.