I watched this utterly tragic character last night, whining and crying over the predicament he now finds himself in. Did I feel sorry for him? Absolutely - his life is an appalling mess. Was I particularly moved by his accusations, that ‘they’ had taken everything from him (including his wife). No, I’m afraid I wasn’t. He made his own bed: a life of almost perpetual drugs and crime, according to reports. And not once did I hear him acknowledge that fact, or the harm he had done while he was here. Was I moved by his family’s account of how evilly he’s been treated. Nope, not really. In brief, I really don’t see why they can’t shoulder the burden he so clearly represents. Why don’t they support him?

Melbourne man deported after 36yrs

LABOR has criticised the Federal Government for leaving a Melbourne man stateless after deporting him from Australia, despite having lived here for 36 years.
Of course it has.

Robert Jovicic was deported to Serbia last year on character grounds because of his long criminal record involving burglaries to support his heroin habit.

But the 38-year-old, who arrived in Australia when he was two from France with his Serbian-born parents, is now stateless and destitute because Serbia has refused to recognise him as a citizen.
Not our fault, really. He wasn’t stateless when he was deported to the country he was born in. So why aren’t the usual suspects screaming ‘horrid, horrid’ at the Serbians, who subsequently pulled the rug after he arrived there over a year ago?

Labor's immigration spokesman Tony Burke has criticised Mr Jovicic's deportation, saying it was too harsh a punishment for the crimes he had committed.
Deportation is not actually a punishment, Tony. It’s society’s way of saying ‘you’ve well and truly worn out your welcome’. The man is not a citizen. He never has been. And I can entirely understand how someone in immigration might, after reviewing his vast criminal record, say: ‘Australia has given this non-citizen about a bazillion chances to mend his ways - time to say bye, bye, really.’

"Nobody should ever be rendered stateless," he told ABC TV's Lateline program.
Agreed - so go piss and moan at the evil Serbians, who apparently refuse to recognise the citizenship of someone born there, and to Serbian parents, at least one of whom apparently lives there still.

Mr Burke said while in some cases it was appropriate to deport criminals, the fact Mr Jovicic had spent most of his life in Australia should have been considered.
Oh, I entirely agree with that one, too! How did this useless creature (and non-citizen) manage to stay here as long as he did!

He called on Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone to acknowledge there was a genuine problem of deporting people who had lived in Australia for most of their lives.
No problem, Tony. They did it fairly easily, from what I can tell.

Mr Burke said the Immigration Department should acknowledge that Australia owed some kind of obligation to Mr Jovicic given he had spent so much of his life here.
Oh we do, do we? What do we owe this man? Once again, a non-citizen who spent most of his life doing harm to our community. And we owe him? Well, here’s a clanger for you to consider, Tony: I think he owes us. . .

And a grovelling apology for the life of crime he undertook, while living in a country in which he was essentially a guest, would be an excellent start.

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