Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has used the same powers he used to deport unvaccinated tennis player Novak Djokovic to deport two climate protesters who caused traffic mayhem in Sydney with “unauthorised” rallies.
On Tuesday, police caught Tom, a guy who hanged himself from a monopole above a busy crossroads in Port Botany.
On the following day, on Wednesday, a 21-year-old activist named Arno was arrested during a similar protest.
He dangled himself from the Sirius Road Bridge, causing commuters and politicians to become enraged as traffic entering and exiting the port came to a halt.
Both German students are members of Blockade Australia, a group that believes Australia is complicit in “exploitation of people and planet in the pursuit of global supply chains”.
The duo’s visas will be cancelled “on good order grounds” and in the public’s interest, and they will be deported from Australia.
“Today I exercise my power under section 133C (3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visas held by two non-citizen protesters on good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” Mr Hawke said.
“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force.
“Families going about their business, driving to school or work, do not deserve to be disrupted by the attention-seeking stunts of unlawful protesters.
“Australians expect guess in our country to comply with our laws. Under the Morrison Government, non-citizens who violate our laws will be considered for visa cancellation.”
The decision was made after Acting Premier Paul Toole asked the Australian Border Force and NSW Police to deport the two German students.
“I want them deported,” he declared on Tuesday.
“They have no place here in New South Wales to be hosting these protests and to be putting people’s lives and their businesses at risk.
“They’re not studying (here) clearly to me. They’re more interested in protesting and causing huge disruptions here in the state.”