Two men, one with alleged connections to an outlaw motorcycle gang in New Zealand, have been successfully removed from Australia this week, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said.
Both men arrived under escort in their respective countries earlier this week. The first man, a UK citizen, entered Australia in April 2013. The second man, a New Zealand citizen, entered Australia in October 2014.
Mr Dutton said their removal should serve as a warning to all other criminals.
'I make absolutely no excuses for removing people of these men's character,' Mr Dutton said.
'The UK criminal has previously been convicted of manslaughter in the UK and fraud offences in Australia.
'The New Zealand criminal has been involved in several offences in Queensland and also has alleged connections to an outlaw motorcycle gang in New Zealand.
'When I became Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, I made it perfectly clear that one of my priorities would be to remove those with serious criminal connections who are not Australian citizens, including those with connections to outlaw motorcycle gangs, if they are involved in crime. This New Zealand man is a perfect example of somebody we do not want in this country.'
'This is about protecting Australia and its citizens. Coming to Australia is a privilege and not a right,' Mr Dutton said.