Bad driver can’t be a cit­i­zen

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - LINDA SILMALIS

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.

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