Opposition Immigration Spokesman, Tony Burke, and his leader, Kim Beazley are totally correct. The immigration department was wrong to deport Robert Jovicic, and they should bring him home.
Until he was forcibly repatriated, Jovicic had never been to Serbia in his life, didn’t speak the language, and had lived in Australia for 35 years.
He’s as Australian as I am.
If he’s guilty of crimes, then we should be dealing with the problem here – not exporting our woes to Serbia.
Why does the immigration department get it so wrong so often? Consider the cases of Vivienne Solon, Cornelia Rau, and now Fatih Tuncok who is facing deportation to Turkey after spending the last 33 years of his life in Australia.
I don’t think its enough to say that the Immigration Department (DIMEA) “got it wrong” or “made a mistake”. These are malicious actions by a dictatorial department that is drunk on its own power.
Someone with guts has got to take drastic action and sort DIMEA out once and for all – starting with the Minister and working right down to the gratuitous gnomes who perpetrate these mean and nasty policies.
Enough is enough.