Deportation and the Test of Character

28 April 2011

Professor Mary Crock comments on the deportation of a father of three, who has lived in Australia since he was six, because he failed a character test.

Clifford Tucker spent 12 years in jail in the 1980s and 1990s.

He came to the attention of authorities when he was charged with two assaults in 2008.
In a report for the ABC Radio Current Affairs Program PM, Professor Crock says says the immigration department is breaching international obligations.
"Under international law there are obligations to respect people's right to family life.

"I mean this man has children in Australia.

"All his family are here.

"He's got no connections back in England.
"More importantly under the new Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Australia is obliged under international law to make reasonable accommodation for people who've got disabilities.

"And this man plainly appears to have mental disabilities.

"He's got longstanding problems."

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