A convicted sex predator and former drug trafficker who injected a teenage girl with ice on the Sunshine Coast has beaten a deportation order due to his “good character”.
The Courier Mail reports, 49-year-old Queensland resident Adam Carey, who has a criminal history of 39 convictions, has won the right to Australian citizenship after using NSW Legal Aid to win a case in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says this is further evidence of how out of touch the AAT is.
The New Zealand citizen was jailed 16 years ago for trafficking drugs – and then sent to prison again three years later for having sex with an underage girl on the Sunshine Coast.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton (pictured) blasted the AAT decision yesterday as out of step with community standards.
Mr Dutton rejected Carey’s application for Australian citizenship in 2016 on character grounds, but the AAT has now ruled that “past offences do not preclude a finding of current good character.’’
“His domestic world fell apart following the murder of his partner’s son in 1999,’’ AAT senior member Peter Taylor SC states in his decision, published yesterday.
“His carnal knowledge offence and his significant drug use, occurred in the aftermath of that traumatic change in his life.
“I am satisfied that Mr Carey is, at the present time, a person of good character’’.
The AAT ruling says that in 2002, when Carey was 33, he introduced a 15-year-old girl to methamphetamine and began a sexual relationship with her, while plying her with cannabis and ice.
The girl’s parents took her interstate, where she was treated in hospital for her drug addiction.
But the teenager returned to Queensland the following year and “reconnected’’ with Carey, who “injected her with methamphetamine’’, the AAT ruling states.
“She reported the incident to police and he was subsequently arrested,’’ it says.
Senator Bernardi has told the Triple M radio network's Luke Bona this is just another in a string of bad decisions by the AAT.
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