Outraged by AAT ruling
I AM outraged at the latest decision by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
I do not want “MAH” to stay in Australia (“Tribunal says crim can stay”, HS, Mar 14). He has racked up almost 30 offences since he has been here, and is on welfare as well. What a leech this man is.
Where is the people power to stop the AAT from doing this to fairminded Australians?
The offenders we do not know generate enough fear, but to have MAH in society is an offence to me.
Come on, fair-minded Australians, take a stance on the AAT — before you become a victim.
Patricia Correa, Traralgon
THE voters of Australia elected their representatives to govern this nation expecting that a primary aim would be to protect the citizens.
This power has been usurped by the AAT, which is unelected and politically driven. Its members seem to be trying to poke Peter Dutton’s department in the eye with each more egregious decision overturning the minister’s attempts to get rid of criminals.
It is imperative that this club of self-appointed rulers be brought to heel as they are denying Australian voters the right to a safe environment.
Maybe legislation that restricts the gambit of their decisions where any second attempt to remove the criminal, by the department, should be final and not able to be appealed.
We must get the government back in charge of our immigration policy, as we elected it to do.
A. McWilliam, Waranga Shores
Shut down tribunal
HOW many times can the AAT overturn deportation decisions made by Peter Dutton?
As reported in the Herald Sun, the AAT has overturned more than 80 deportation orders in the past eight years. These included murderers, rapists, paedophiles, armed robbers and drug dealers. It’s time the AAT was disbanded. Lawlessness in our state is out of control. Bail is being given too often, and sentences rarely fit the crime. How do our police cope with this?
They risk their lives to try to ensure our safety, only to see the perpetrators out on the street.
Patricia Loy, Bonbeach
Give it a new name
IN view of the AAT’s overturning of a deportation order against multiple-offender MAH, and its appalling record of 80 similar cases, perhaps it is time to rename it the Anti-Australia Tribunal?
Arthur Comer, Sebastopol
Parking ban nonsense
THE parking ban at the MCG ( HS, Mar 14) is surely one of the most simplistic smokescreens ever unveiled to the paying public in the name of civil safety, on par with the ridiculous orbital barrier cage that was installed several years ago.
Here’s the rub: if your heart is so darkened and set upon causing human suffering, then a lack of cars at Yarra Park is not going to get in your way. There are thousands of citizens amassing in queues at Richmond train station and at the entrance gates to the ground.
We are consistently told that the prospect of terrorism will not affect our freedom or accepted way of life, and yet, another convenience has now been swiftly eroded.
An alternate suggestion: how about the AAT actually does its job and deport those people who plan to cause wanton mayhem in the first place?
Peter Waterhouse, Craigieburn
Threat isn’t confined
SO the MCG is going to ban cars from parking on its grounds due to security and terrorist risks. When will this madness stop?
Who is protecting me on a train, tram or a bus? Who is protecting me in a shopping centre, in a movie theatre or any other shop or carpark?
Let’s ban all cars immediately and we can all get around on bicycles. After all, those pesky terrorists were never going to change our way of life.
V. Guzzardi, Gowanbrae
Super mistake, Bill
SO Bill Shorten thinks he can give retirees and pensioners short shrift.
What an absolute disgrace for Labor to wipe off an important part of their income.
We all know what Labor thinks of self-managed super funds, and this is part of its strategy to deter people and recommend union super funds.
Remember, Mr Shorten, we vote at the ballot box, and so do our sons and daughters.
John Williamson, Southbank
Devil in the detail
DOES Bill Shorten have a political death wish? Many older Australians have small holdings of shares, and the dividends are calculated for pension payments.
If imputation credits are abolished, many, many pensions will have to be increased. Have those rises been calculated?
Judith Swanton, Echuca
Definition of bad idea
BILL Shorten speaks with a forked tongue. He claims his new dividend imputation policy means affected people “will not be paying any additional tax”.
But their after-tax income will drop and the difference will stay with the government. Sounds like a tax to me. Get a new dictionary, Bill.
Henry Woolley, Keilor East
Take the blinkers off
AUSTRALIANS are like naughty children who look for any excuse or deflection of accountability to avoid tackling the hard tasks set for them by their parents.
In the past, we have excelled to supply riches from the ground to give us a world-leading economy. Arguably, not much advanced intelligence was needed to succeed but we all felt good.
The future will entail Australia changing its vision in a radical way; we will need to become generators and drivers of new technology and lifestyle systems to sell to the world.
We are the largest consumer of technology per head, which means that every Australian sends $5000 to $10,000 out of the country every two to three years to a tech multinational, usually enriching the US or China, and using our saved wealth to pay for it.
If we continue diminishing our saved wealth, we will bring to fruition the prophecy of former Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew that Australia risked becoming the “cheap white trash of Asia”.
Therefore Australia, when the financial situation is dour, don’t lose focus with issues like dual citizenship. They are much lower priorities.
Roger Wolfe, Balwyn
HOW ridiculous to sack a viceprincipal for cutting a student’s hair.
When I was at Mentone Grammar 40 years ago, we had an ex-warrant officer from the army employed fulltime for student discipline.
If your hair was too long, he ordered you up to the school barber. Yes, we had a dedicated on-site school barber.
Trinity Grammar, bring back Brownie and get a school barber!
Andrew Whitney, Hampton Park
Cut it out, teacher
A TEACHER should follow the rules for their students.
But it is not right to cut people’s hair. Only hairdressers and barbers have the right to do it. Not teachers.
A note should have been sent home with Trinity Grammar students explaining the situation about hair and cutting it for school photos.
What is the school’s policy on the use of phones and other electronic devices?
Luca Giannessi, 16, Nunawading