“2014 amendments to Australian visa laws meant that without citizenship, anyone who’d received a prison sentence of 12 months would be deported, even if they’d lived in Australia most of their lives”.

“Since the Australian laws changed in 2014, an estimated 2,300 Kiwis have been deported”.

The SBS decided to report the case of one of those deportees, 72-year old Larice Rainnie[1]:

“Larice was deported from Australia to New Zealand in late 2019, after her visa was cancelled over an 18-month jail sentence for a drug-related crime in Finland”

“She’d moved to Australia in 1964 and lived in the country for the next 55 years of her life”.

She considered herself an Australian, and when she found out she wasn’t considered a citizen, she was shocked.

According to a report on Newshub[2] about the “elderly woman”, the offence took place when she was 68 years old.

SBS also failed to investigate the nature of the offence, which drugs were involved or the effect of the drugs on people in the community.

In a social media post, someone called Larise Rainnie wrote[3]:
“im just trying to stay safe in a meth ridden country…exile is not something to just get over. A dam cruel thing to do….if u hav money for lawyers u hav a chance if u hav the $80,000 bribe fee you will stay..
That’s a serious allegation. Why didn’t SBS investigate?

And if over 2,300 Kiwis have been deported, why did SBS pick this case?

References:

  1. “Larice has lived most of her life in Australia…”
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/larice-has-lived-most-of-her-life-in-australia-but-after-being-deported-to-new-zealand-she-feels-stuck-in-limbo
  2. “Australia’s mass deportations are ruining lives says elderly woman”
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2018/12/australia-s-mass-deportations-are-ruining-lives-says-elderly-woman.html
  3. “From Larice Rainnie on 2 June 2020 at 2.34 pm”
    https://overland.org.au/2019/06/questions-of-fairness-new-zealander-experiences-of-section-501-and-the-case-of-shane-martin/#comment-995738

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