An Iranian refugee who fronted a national television campaign aimed at encouraging migrants to become small business owners has been charged with conspiracy to import methamphetamine with a street value of $36 million into Sydney.
The Conservative Party supports the deportation of immigrants found guilty of serious crimes and stripping them of their Australian residency or citizenship.
The 37 year old married immigrant, the wholesome face of CGU Insurance advert “Australian as it Gets”, is alleged to have been at the centre of a criminal network conspiring to import up to 40kg of ice from Middle East and Asia.
The man was seen in the 60-second advert as a doting father-of-one who epitomises resilience and sacrifice to become a proud owner of paint firm AAA Quality Painting & Decorating, was arrested by detectives from Strike Force Decry at his home in North Parramatta and refused bail by police.
“Grit, hard work, resilience, Australian as it gets” is the tagline used at the conclusion of the ad.
The Daily Telegraph reports, the stocky businessman fled Iran in 2013 and moved to Australia after living briefly in Indonesia in search of a better life for his family.
After a period of uncertainty in Indonesia, he and his family were granted refugee status and approval to start afresh in Australia.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told Deb Knight on Sydney radio station 2GB, we need to be more discerning when it comes to who we let into Australia.
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