Bad driver can’t be a citizen
A MAN who was so drunk he pushed his car out of an illegal parking spot and into another car has been refused Australian citizenship because of his s driving record.
Seerwan Tawfeeq Mahmood, 35, arrived in Australia from Iraq in 2010 and applied for Australian citizenship five years later.
The federal government refused the application on character grounds, so he appealed the decision.
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal heard Mr Mahmood had committed “a string” of driving offences.
In addition, the tribunal heard Mr Mahmood was also involved in an “unusual” incident in 2013 where he attempted to “drive” his locked car, only to push it into another.
He was found guilty of being in control of a motor vehicle while being over the prescribed alcohol limit.
In dismissing the appeal, tribunal senior member Michael McGrowdie acknowledged Mr Mahmood’s completion of a traffic offenders rehabilitation program but said more time was needed to see if it would have an impact.