Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has dropped his boot into a Canberra bikie getting kicked out of the country.
Mr Dutton was careful not to comment directly on deporting the Kiwi Comanchero, but celebrated the fact 250 bikies had been sent packing on his watch.
“We’ve been very clear that if you’re a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang and you’re involved in gang activity then you can’t expect to stay here if you’re a non-citizen,” he told 2GB radio on Thursday.
The sergeant-of-arms of the Canberra chapter of the Comancheros had been facing affray, assault and bomb-making charges.
But prosecutors dropped all charges against the 25-year-old this week, and he will be sent back to New Zealand instead.
Mr Dutton, a former Queensland cop, has waged a long-running war against outlaw motorcycle gangs.
He blames bikies for peddling drugs and muscling small business owners.
“They just don’t have any regard for law-abiding citizens,” Mr Dutton said.
“These are people that aren’t involved in real jobs, they’re money laundering, they’re standing over small businesses.”