Sunday, January 31, 2010

UK wants Australia, former colony to keep its criminals

Mr. Chris Evans,
Minister for Immigration,

Dear Minister,

We refer to the report below for your information.

You are to be congratulated for taking the appropriate action in dealing with criminals as we are an independent nation, rather than a "colony".

Yours respectfully,

Eddie Hwang
Unity Party WA
Ph/Fax: 61 893681884
Date: 03-Jan-2010.
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UK wants Australia, former colony, to keep its criminals
By Charles Miranda - PerthNow - January 02, 2010 11:47PM
TWO hundred years ago its worst citizens were transported to the other side of the world, creating Australia in the process.

Now cash-strapped Britain wants its former colony to keep its criminals again.

In the past 12 months, dozens of British-born paedophiles, rapists and career criminals, many in their late 50s and 60s, were deported to the UK after finishing their sentences in Australian jails, despite having lived most of their lives Down Under.

Among them was notorious paedophile Raymond Horne, who was given a police escort through Heathrow Airport amid British outrage over his forced return from Queensland.

UK campaigners fear that a lack of connection to their former homeland, including no support base of family and friends, makes serial offenders more likely to reoffend.

Australia last year jettisoned more than 60 criminals to their countries of origin, mostly the UK and New Zealand.

UK child welfare campaigner Shy Keenan said while offenders had court-backed restrictions in Australia that would have them back behind bars if breached, once they were deported to the UK the ability to restrict their actions was limited.
She called on British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to raise the issue with his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd.

"It's just not fair," she said.

"In law they do belong here, in essence they are British citizens, but whether they are morally or ethically British is another argument.

"They will be assessed when they come here to Britain and made to sign the sex offenders' register but beyond that there is very little they can do. The slate is effectively wiped clean."

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