Opinion

Deportation doubles the punishment

Clementine Norton.
Clementine Norton.

THIS is the only home Andrew Jubb has ever really known, after moving to Australia as a small child.

Should he be turfed out of the country because he did the wrong thing?

He hit a man with his car while drunk. That man did not die, but he was injured, and it could easily have been much more serious.

He has prior convictions for drink-driving, and he was silly enough to get back behind the wheel after being disqualified for being over the limit.

I have no issue with mandatory cancellation of visas in circumstances where serious offences have been committed - we must have some recourse to protect our citizens from the very worst offenders.

But does Mr Jubb really fall into that category?

The Department of Immigration deems anyone to have received a prison sentence of 12 months or longer a "serious offender".

Mr Jubb is not a murderer, nor a paedophile. He's lived here for nearly all his life, he's paid taxes and been a part of the community.

If he were a citizen, he would have simply been jailed, released, and gone on with his life.

This penalty is in essence a double punishment. He has done the jail time, but if he is deported, he will face what is essentially a life sentence away from his children and loved ones.

To me, the punishment does not fit the crime.

Topics:  deportation, fraser coast



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