Australia deporting convicted criminal to NZ, has never set foot here

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff,
Section
Politics,
Publish Date
Sunday, 14 January 2018, 5:28PM
Australia is deporting a criminal to NZ who has never set foot here (Image / Getty Images)
Australia is deporting a criminal to NZ who has never set foot here (Image / Getty Images)

Australia is deporting a convicted criminal to New Zealand who has never set foot here.

A decision from Justice Robert Bromwich released by the Federal Court of Australia dismissed an application from Alex Viane, who is 40, for a judicial review of his visa cancellation.

Mr Viane was born in American Samoa and moved to Australia as a 14-year-old when he was adopted by an uncle living there.

Thus he became a New Zealand citizen because his uncle held New Zealand citizenship.

During the 25 years he has been in Australia he has been convicted and imprisoned for a number of offences.

The Court has concluded Mr Viane represents an unacceptable risk of harm to the Australian community.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff said the decision was "appalling". 

In a tweet, Mr Goff said the "man is [Australia's] responsibility not ours."

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