Return father to his family

Return father to his family

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David Kenny started this petition to Federal Home Affairs minister

Shane Martin; a beloved family man with indigenous (australian) heritage through his grandmother; and with wife, australian born children and trucking business in Australia; has been repeatedly denied re-entry into Australia on the grounds of poor character. This despite the fact that the High Court has already ruled that his deportation was not legal, and that a person with indigenous heritage cannot be deported on grounds of character. Shane was born in N.Z. but moved to Australia 32 years ago when he was 20. 

The stubborn stance of the previous Home Affairs minister was based on “Bad Character” claims, which in turn were based on dubious charges brought against Shane when he worked as a “Bouncer” at a Sydney night club, shortly after his arrival in Australia. At that time two under-cover drug squad officers tried to get the doorman, known as “Kiwi”, to sell them drugs. The sting didn’t work, Shane was no drug pusher, but they later found a seller inside the club and eventually charged Shane as an accessory involved in the supply of substances. (in layman’s terms). 

Shane’s deportation, 26 years later, in 2016 coincided with a very public Government policy to crack down on motorcycle gangs, of which Shane also had previous association. 

The above issues are not of sufficient gravity to deny a person access to see their family, not sufficient to deport a person who is actually deemed an alien and certainly not sufficient to deport someone who has indigenous connection to that country. 

Shane is trying to run his business from N.Z. and states that although the initial fog of depression has cleared somewhat; he still desperately misses his children and wife, and yearns to be able to return to Australia. 

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