13 Dec 2018

Deportation of Aboriginal man from Australia 'surreal'

From Morning Report, 8:15 am on 13 December 2018

An Aboriginal man facing deportation to New Zealand says Australian immigration authorities are ripping people away from their homeland. Brendan Thoms was born in New Zealand - he has a New Zealand father and his mother is descended from the Gunggarri people of south-west Queensland. He has been in Australia since age seven but doesn't have Australian citizenship. He was jailed for domestic violence, then put in a Brisbane detention centre and now faces being deported. Brendan Thoms told reporter Phil Pennington it's a surreal and crazy situation.