Immigration Minister Peter
Dutton cancelled Graham’s visa for a third time within hours of
the September 6 High Court decision that his earlier visa
cancellation decision was invalid.
He did so under his wideranging
powers to cancel the visas of foreign-born criminals on character
grounds, which include if they have a substantial criminal record or
they are suspected of being a member of a group involved in criminal
The Herald Sun has been
told law enforcement and other agencies have provided Mr Dutton with
ample evidence — including telephone tap material — that bikie gangs
are heavily involved in violent and other crimes ranging from drug
dealing to murder.
Graham, 50, the founding member of
the Rebels bikie gang’s Tasmanian chapter, was escorted onto an Air
New Zealand flight in Sydney today and flown to Auckland.
However, he did not leave the
airport through the arrivals lounge. It is understood he was
directed out through a side door.
He was one of the bikie gang
leaders and office holders swept up during the same Federal
Government crackdown which saw fellow senior Rebels member Shane
Martin, 50, also deported to Auckland.
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“What we know of outlaw motorcycle
gang members is that they are the biggest distributors of ice and
amphetamines in our country,” Mr Dutton said yesterday.
“They import, they manufacture and
they distribute it, and they are otherwise involved in serious
crime, including providing muscle for the CFMEU on building sites
around the country.”
The Herald Sun revealed
in August that the unprecedented blitz on foreign-born criminals has
seen more than 2800 of them ordered to leave Australia in the past
Mr Dutton yesterday told
Parliament that number has now grown to more than 3000.
Rebels members Graham and Martin
are among the 154 senior bikies to have had their Australian visas
cancelled since 2014.
Mr Dutton told the Herald Sun
in August he was determined to rid Australia of foreign-born
bikies whenever his powers enabled him to do so.
“Criminal motorcycle gang members
don’t have jobs or pay taxes — they sell drugs, run prostitutes,
steal, extort and kill,” he said.
“Why would we want them living
among law-abiding, decent people?”
Graham’s convictions include him
being jailed for 15 months in 2009 over a vicious attack on a
teenage insurance fraud investigator.
The terrified 19-year-old was made
to sit on a chair in front of Graham’s suburban Hobart home and told
by Graham to look at the Rebels flag flying on top of the unit.
As he did so Graham punched him
twice in the face, knocking him off the chair, and then continued
punching and kicking the teenager before poking him in the eye with
a radio aerial.
The blitz on bikies and other
foreign-born criminals which resulted in Graham and Martin being
among those deported began after changes were made to migration laws
in December 2014.
Mr Dutton was given greater powers
to cancel the visas of foreign-born people who fail to meet minimum
character standards, or who have been convicted of an offence
involving a jail term of more than 12 months.
Being a member or associate of an
organisation reasonably suspected of being involved in crime is
sufficient for Mr Dutton to cancel a visa for failing to meet
character standards — and bikie gangs fall into that category.
There were recently more changes
to the Migration Act, which the Herald Sun last month
revealed were made to keep Martin — and up to 20 others whose visas
were cancelled based on secret information from police and
intelligence agencies — from re-entering Australia.
Richmond great Dustin Martin and
his family had been hoping Graham last month winning his High Court
appeal would mean Martin could return to Melbourne in time to see
his son play in the footy finals.
That hope was dashed by the latest
amendment to the Migration Act
Mr Dutton’s office recently
defended the amendment and the decision to prevent Martin returning
“Shane Martin’s visa was cancelled
for the safety of the Australian community because of his criminal
record and association with outlaw motorcycle gangs,” a statement
from Mr Dutton’s office said.
“This amendment ensures that
people who are outlaw motorcycle gang members, organised criminals
and threats to national security cannot stay in Australia.”
Graham and Martin aren’t the only
Rebels bikies to have had their visas cancelled.
Maltese-born Australian Rebels
national president Alex Vella and Britain-born Geelong Rebels
chapter senior member Danny Mousley also became victims of the blitz
to rid Australia of bikie gang office holders.
Graham, who moved to Australia
from New Zealand as a child in 1976, was first ordered out of the
country in June 2015 and he was then thrown into detention by
immigration officials, where he remained until his deportation
He won a June 2016 Federal court
challenge to quash Mr Dutton’s initial deportation decision.
That prompted Mr Dutton to use his
ministerial power to overturn the Federal Court decision and cancel
Graham’s visa for the second time, saying it was in the “national
interest” to do so.
Graham then lodged a
constitutional challenge in the High Court.
The High Court last month ruled in
Graham’s favour, but that didn’t stop Mr Dutton cancelling Graham’s
visa for a third time and today booting him out of Australia.
Graham has a minor criminal
history in New Zealand.
In a statement, police said they
were “aware of Graham and his background, however we do not comment
on arrangements regarding specific individuals being returned to New